July 23rd, 2008

Whale fluke

The Life of Leonard Rosenman, Part Four

More thoughtful thoughts from composer Leonard Rosenman about life and music, including some self-deprecation:
How could I take [Marcus Welby, M.D.] lightly when I'm such a hypochondriac? I have developed symptoms, or thought I have, for everything that the doctor's patients ever had. It's a miracle I'm not a total wreck by now.
He also discusses working for Stanley Kubrick on Barry Lyndon ("We kind of liked each other, but we won't work with each other again") and the complicated situation of scoring September 30th, 1955, a semi-autobiographical film influenced by the life and death of Rosenman's friend James Dean.

Reactions to ads

I get the coupon inserts from Red Plum (what that Valassis company now calls its coupon inserts) and want to say “Red Plum” in a Shining voice. “Red Plum, Red Plum, Red Plum! Red Plum!”

I also critique the grammar and ideas in ads: “It’s ‘fewer,’ not ‘less,’” or “That phrase modifies the wrong thing,” or “The announcer, he asks a question and then doesn’t answer it.” Or there’s that Toyota radio commercial where the two guys go on a road trip and the driver says “Rule Number 1: we don’t stop, ever, except for gas,” and I think “Did he realize just how phenomenally stupid a rule that is? His pee must simply evaporate out of him. And food and drink must just materialize in his stomach, like it was teleported in.”

Yes. These are my kind of thoughts. This only occasionally makes me weep.
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