An Imperfect Evolution of Movie Music 1939 to 2016 Piano Medley


1939 Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Wizard of Oz (Harold Arlen, performed by Judy Garland) 1941 Chattanooga Choo Choo, Sun Valley Serenade (Glenn Miller Orchestra) If you’re ever in Sun Valley, Idaho, they play this film for free every night. And Glenn Miller himself is a chracter in the film 1945 It Might as Well be Spring, State Fair
(Rodgers and Hammerstein) The 1945 film version takes place in Iowa. The 1962 version takes place in Texas which strikes me as a mistake considering the Iowa fair is more famous. 1951 Embraceable You, An American in Paris (George and Ira Gershwin) This famous MGM film features the entire Gerswhin catalogue centering around the titular ballet. Of course I can’t play the whole 12 minute number here. A lot of times in this video, I’m just stalling for time between songs as I remember what’s next in the order 1955 Luck be a Lady, Guys and Dolls (Frank Loesser, Performed by Frank Sinatra) 1956 March of the Siamese Children, The King and I, Rodgers and Hammerstein 1961 Tonight, West Side Story (lyrics Stephen Sondheim, music Leonard Bernstein) oops, sorry about that flub, very embarrassed since I know this song very very well I swallowed one of the cough drops in my mouth that I used to prevent excessive humming here 1961 I Enjoy Being a Girl, Flower Drum Song
(Rodgers and Hammerstein) Flower Drum Song, produced by Universal, is perhaps the only musical of the Golden Age to feature an all Asian cast 1964 Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, My Fair Lady (Music, Frederick Lowe, Lyrics Alan Jay Lerner, Performed by Audrey Hepburn) My Fair Lady won Oscar’s Best Picture. Audrey Hepburn took over the stage part from Julie Andrews who also won that year in a different film Sound of Music should really be in here but I thought I didn’t know any songs from it. Then I realized later that day that I do a killer jazz version of My Favorite Things. If I get a little more ad revenue from this, I promise to hire page turner. Until then it’s DIY 1965 Shadow of Your Smile. The Sandpiper (Lyrics Francis Webster, Music Johnny Mandel) As far as I can tell, though the film stared real-life tabloid sensation Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and had a famous director, the song became more famous I love this song because it’s a jazz lead sheet 1964 Title Theme, Georgy Girl (The Seekers) Haven’t seen the whole film, just the last 10 minutes and end credits on TV but I fell in love with the theme 1967 You Only Live Twice (music John Barry, lyrics Leslie Bricusse, performed by Nancy Sinatra) I learned this song from a cello part in a college practice room. I’d play it for you, but it’s very very boring 1970 Suicide is Painless, MASH
(Mike Altman and Johnny Mandel) Fun fact: Co-writer Mike Altman is the director’s then-14-year-old son who wrote it in five minutes. He was rewarded by his dad with a guitar 1971 Live and Let Die, Live and Let Die
(Paul McCartney and the Wings) For the record my favorite Bond theme is “A View to a Kill” 1977 Main Theme, Star Wars (John Williams) I don’t have sheet music other than this really boring bass line that’s a descending F major scale So I made something up w/my right hand but I’m not sure it’s much better 1978 Main Theme, Superman (John Williams) Fun fact: I played this with a trumpet in middle school band. I don’t know the chords underneath or anything. To learn piano, I started playing the piano with my band sheet music one line at a time In 9th grade, I was the last chair trumpet at one point and was occasionally made fun of for being bad But before finishing high school, I got good enough at piano to play in front of the school and more Moral of the story: Sometimes it takes a while to find your niche 1979 Rainbow Connection, The Muppets Movie
(Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher) 1982 Excerpts from Score, E.T.
(John Williams) 1984 Anything Goes, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Cole Porter, performed by Kate Capshaw) 1985 Main Theme, Back to the Future
(Alan Silvestri) Note: this is NOT a film score by John Williams. He wrote everything, didn’t he? 1989 Under the Sea, The Little Mermaid
(Alan Menken and Howard Ashman) Sorry, as my fingers were getting tired, I decided to cut this one short 1992 A Whole New World, Aladdin (Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, performed by
Lea Salonga and Brad Kane) This is my most mistake-prone number and it pains me to listen to it but when you’re over halfway through… 1993 Main Theme, Schindler’s List (John Williams) 1993 Main Theme (B), Jurassic Park (John Williams) 1994 Can You Feel the Love Tonight, The Lion King (Elton John and Tim Rice) Fun fact: Elton John agreed to do the film on the condition that it’d include a love ballad he could market 1994 Main Theme, Legends of the Fall (James Horner) I’ve never seen this film either. Is it any good?
We played it in band This was me trying to find “Theme from Forrest Gump” but clock was ticking 1995 Colors of the Wind, Pocahontas
(Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken) This was Alan Menken’s final Oscar. Tragically his writing partner Howard Ashman passed away sorry again for the humming Apollo 13 (James Horner) 1996 Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Evita (Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, performed by Madonna) 1997 Hymn of the Sea/My Heart Will Go On, Titanic (James Horner, performed by Celine Dion) 2000 I’ll Fly Away, O Brother Where Art Thou (Albert Brumley, performed by Kossoy Sisters and Erik Darling) Sorry, my humming is out of control here. At this point, I’m kind of getting exhausted though 2004 Accidentally in Love, Shrek 2 (Counting Crows) This is the kind of music I would go to local music shops and buy singles of in my heyday 2004 Life on Mars, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
(David Bowie, perfomed by Seu Jorge) In the film, Seu Jorge sings David Bowie’s big hits in Portuguese 2005 Seasons of Love, Rent (Jonathan Larson) 2012 Don’t Stop Believing, Rock of Ages (Journey, performed by Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, and Tom Cruise) Yes, technically I could pick any 80s song and it could apply to this film but the whole storyline is based around Don’t Stop Believing 2016 Someone in the Crowd, La La Land (music Justin Hurwitz, lyrics Benj Pasec and Justin Paul) Pasec and Paul also did The Greatest Showman and won Tonys for Dear Evan Hansen. Also, Aladdin.

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