June 11th, 2017


People can surprise you, former Beatle edition

In the early 1980s, composer-orchestrator-conductor Michael Kamen was being interviewed for a possible job, scoring Terry Gilliam's Brazil. Producer and percussionist Ray Cooper was doing the interview. By then, Kamen had had some relatively high-profile movie gigs — David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone, Alan Parker's Pink Floyd The Wall — but he was mostly doing relatively low-budget, lower-profile films like the 1981 horror-thriller Venom. Kamen started to somewhat sheepishly bring up Venom. Cooper said, "Oh yes, George Harrison and I saw that!"

I think at some level, Kamen was thinking George Harrison watches horror films?!

I like that Kamen not only got hired to score Brazil, which is one of my favorite films and favorite scores, but he also became friends with Harrison, Cooper, Gilliam, and even singer-songwriter Kate Bush: Gilliam met her at Abbey Road, and introduced her and Kamen. Kamen and Nush were friends and colleagues for the rest of Kamen's life: he finished orchestrations for her album Aerial a month before he died in 2003.
Clay. Bill...Clay.

The Jerk, C'est Moi

I can, sometimes, be a jerk. At times, I want to be. Very occasionally (only occasionally, I hope), I am. I wanted to be tonight.

Someone posted to Facebook a meme, claiming it was written by John Cleese. The meme makes it seem that Cleese is writing about last weekend's terrorist attack on and near London Bridge, or maybe Cleese was writing about the 2013 Woolwich attack that killed British soldier Lee Rigby; but Cleese didn't write it. The meme's been traced back to the 2005 London transit bombings. I point this out, with a link explaining it. Of course I got some other person, not the original poster who I at least know and trust, and that other person replied "Whoever wrote it, it's funny."

I then wanted to go to that person's own Facebook wall, and start replying to every comment of theirs with, "Wow, what a great point Stephen Colbert made!" and "Wow, what a great point Dave Barry made!" and "Wow, what a great point Trevor Noah made!" and "Wow, what a great point Eddie Izzard made!" Maybe throw in a "Wow, what a great point George Carlin made!," because stuff gets wrongly attributed to Carlin a lot.

Point is, I wanted to see how quickly that person got annoyed with everything they said being credited to someone one.

But I'd be a jerk if I did that.

Thoughts and actions. Different things.