Worth being reminded: John Barry makes things more elegant.
One of the albums I'm currently borrowing on the increasingly useful app called Hoopla is a rerecording of his score to the 1980 romance Somewhere in Time
. Modern-day Christopher Reeve and person from the past Jane Seymour fall in love through time travel
, in a story Richard Matheson adapted for film from his novel, and Barry is there with his orchestra to help us feel, really feel, this story. As a good film score should.
I'd never listened to this score before; I borrowed it because I was also borrowing Nirvana's 1989 album Bleach
through Hoopla and wanted something gentle, to counterbalance that. (I'd been leaning towards Barry's Dances With Wolves
, but that is not available through that app.) It's a handsome, lush rerecording, performed by the a Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conducted by fellow film composer John Debney. Varese Sarabande, a record label which has released an enormous amount of film music I love, commissioned and released the album.
Hoopla allows you to borrow music, audio books, comic books, and movies. I've squirreled away lists of stuff I plan to borrow through it: the surprisingly hard-to-find soundtrack to 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
, for instance, or films ranging from the Disney 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
to Wonder Boys
to Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor
to David Lynch's bonkers-and-disturbing-even-for-him Lost Highway
. Last year I first used it to listen to an audio recording of H. Rider Haggard's epic-style novel Eric Brighteyes
; it was the only way I could borrow the work. (Haggard created the pulp character Allan Quatermain, of King Solomon's Mines
, to name perhaps his most famous creation.) Other stuff I've borrowed through Hoopla includes the music of Lady Gaga, NWA, Jay-Z, and Led Zeppelin (a lot of Led Zeppelin), and the Tower Records documentary All Things Must Pass
I can listen to, watch, and read more. I'm relieved I have this other way to do so.