Here is part three of The return of the words of Shirley Walker, the first woman ever to score a major Hollywood studio movie, Memoirs of an Invisible Man. (Turns out Chevy Chase recommended her for the job; he remembered her from conducting Angelo Badalamenti's score to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.) I like how she relates it here:
The first two days of that score, there were a lot of people who had come to visit the scoring stage because they were here to witness this event. I was almost in tears about that. I had to ask somebody why all those people were here, and when they told me it was just incredible. It's because there's a real tradition of oral history in this business. There are so many things that have happened in this business, that will never be written down by anybody, and it's private -- it's for the people who work in this business, and that was their honor to be there and support me in that, and I was just incredibly touched by that...And that's right: it's a fun, adventurous, dramatic, stirring score. I have that score CD.
This is the first score where I can say "This is what Shirley Walker's musical voice is." Now I can show my full sense of adventure and humor, because most of the time you're being asked to do something that's like John Williams or James Newton Howard. But because Memoirs is my breakout project, I don't have to emulate the "hot" style of the time.