Geoffrey Burgon: Connecting the Church, Monty Python, Doctor Who, and More

In exploring the Naxos music database’s new releases, I discovered Geoffrey Burgon’s Requiem. Burgon is known for TV soundtracks (including Doctor Who) and film score work, such as on Monty Python’s The Life of Brian. I read the conference volume that looked at Jesus and Brian, but although the music was mentioned, no one seems to have focused [Read More…]

Amazing Grace Broadway Musical Soundtrack

I’m not sure how many of my blog readers took my advice and went to see the musical Amazing Grace after I blogged about it back in 2014. It subsequently made it to Broadway, and at that point several other Patheos bloggers mentioned it. Now its run is over, but a CD of the music [Read More…]

The Music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m not sure whether it has always been true that the music in Star Wars is something that I notice only on a second viewing, or after hearing the soundtrack separately, or whether J. J. Abrams has the music feature less prominently than George Lucas did at key moments. But there is some truly wonderful [Read More…]

Star Wars Soundtrack Spoilers

Remember how we found out things we might not have wanted to if we looked at the titles of the tracks on the soundtrack to The Phantom Menace, when it was released prior to the movie? Well, it looks like the same thing is happening again with the soundtrack to The Force Awakens. Take a [Read More…]

Bernard Herrmann – Symphony

Everyone knows at least something from Bernard Herrmann’s work as a film composer. His concert works deserve to be wider known than they are. [Read more…]


It looks like the tech folks at Patheos, who have been working hard on figuring out what was wrong with my blog, have made some progress! And since there is one place in the cosmos that a blogger must never go – his blog’s grave – I thought I’d share some music from the Doctor [Read More…]

Favorite Fantasy Film Music: First Knight

Having given several examples of science fiction music that deserves to be better known, let me share one from a different genre, the film about King Arthur and company, First Knight. The soundtrack is by Jerry Goldsmith.   [Read more…]

Favorite Science Fiction Music: Deep Impact

James Horner’s film music is fairly well known, but like most film composers, there is incredible music by him that is less well known than it deserves to be. Here are some samples from the science fiction film, Deep Impact.   [Read more…]

Favorite Science Fiction Music: Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country

There are a lot of soundtracks that I love – not only science fiction ones, I might add, and perhaps I will share some of my favorites non-sci-fi film music at some point. But there is a lot of science fiction music that is simply excellent, and which deserves to be better known. If I [Read More…]

Sometimes Music Makes All The Difference

Kitten vs. a scary thing [Read more…]