The secret of film scores

I’ve been paying more attention to the background music in movies and television as of late, partly because I would like to write similar materials. It struck me the other day that a lot of quintessential movies scores are really just accompaniments. By this I mean they are the type of orchestrations a Tchaikovsky or Grieg would have used to support the lead instrument in a concerto or the lead voice in a opera. Of course, in movie scores there is no lead instrument or voice. That role is taken by the movie itself – the dialogue, the actors emoting, the scenes of hideous violence and wanton sexuality. Those components are the violins, the flutes, the sopranos etc of the film score.

With this realization in place, I become a god.

6 Responses to “The secret of film scores”


  1. John Saleeby

    You should write a film score that would be sung. Like in a scene with the hero walking down the street you would have Meat Loaf singing “Walking down the street! Walking! Look at his new shoes! Yeah! Walking down the street!” and when we see a hoodlum sneaking up behind him Meat Loaf “Uh oh! Uh oh! Yeah, I said ‘Uh oh! Cause some heavy shit is going down!”. Well, you get the idea. As usual, Saleeby comes up with the idea and Forbis gets the big bucks. Well, Good Luck, chump, cause Meat Loaf is my buddy and he ain’t going along with your slimey scheme! Ha! “I’ll do it!” Who was that? Oh, shit! Rod Stewart! He’s hated me ever since I mocked that stupid “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” song. “That’s a nice song!” Oh, shut up, Meat Loaf!

  2. Wil

    John, you actually expect me to believe there’s some singer out there stupid enough to call himself Meat Loaf? Meat Loaf!?

    Come on…

  3. John Saleeby

    He’s in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”! He sings on Ted Nugent’s “Free For All” album! He’s in “Fight Club”! He kinda sucks!

  4. Wil

    “Ted Nugget”? Yeah, that’s a real person.

    John, you need help.

  5. John Saleeby

    It plainly says “Nugent”. What a sad attempt at humor. No wonder you need a highly skilled Humor Writer to make a profitable business out of your little amateur web site. You are lucky my personal beliefs prevent me from accepting lucrative job offers from pigs like Seth Mcfarlane and Lorne Michaels.

  6. Wil

    What’s that? “Ted Nougat?” Is he covered with chocolate? Does he have an almond center? Hah!