Rick Holets is an independent Christian film and media composer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he works and lives with his beautiful wife and daughters.
Rick scribbled the score for his first original piece of piano music at age 8. It was the beginning of a consuming love for creating and performing music. His experience includes 12 years of classical piano instruction, self directed studies in improvisation and music theory, and even some time spent playing guitar and mandolin in the Desert Skies folk band. Rick's studio contains a menagerie of instruments; he'll try to play anything at least once!
In the Studio
Though he enjoys the performance aspects of music, Rick's lifelong passion has been for film scoring. In 2010, Rick composed music for his first short film.
Other projects and opportunities followed as Rick devoted himself to becoming expert in all aspects of film composing. His goal is to realize ever-higher standards of artistic excellence and to compellingly communicate truth and beauty in music he creates.
A newly wed couple (Chris and Samantha) find themselves struggling to overcome a tragic miscarriage. Devastated by the unforeseen loss of their child; Chris escapes the pain by focusing on his role as a provider. As Samantha reaches out to discover new ways to gain his intimacy, she seeks advice from close friends (Jacob and Leslie). As unsuspected trauma enters their lives, Chris and Samantha are confronted with lies and betrayal and must now experience “A Love That Hurts.”
The soundtrack is filled with lush string arrangements and emotional piano melodies, but there is also an edgier element that Walter wanted to capture musically. Listening to the score will reveal atonal cello solos, hybrid orchestra/electronic hard rock cues, and even one or two more epic-sounding tracks. This makes for a diverse musical signature which collectively accents the various facets of the film.
As always, it is Rick's personal goal to introduce as much musicality and expression into a score as possible. While a huge part of this requires the use of high quality sample libraries, the team was able to also introduce a lot of live-recorded instrumental parts. Several tracks include guitar and cello performances by Rick himself.
The Love That Hurts team also had the treat of being able to collaborate with musician Michael Bowdre, whose vocals can be heard in the “Funeral” cue of the score.