Themes In Search Of A Movie
Film Music Composed and Arranged by Al Daniels
About The Music
“Themes in Search of a Movie” now has a new home right here at the independent music site cdbaby.com. This music was composed and arranged by me to be used in film projects, but these themes stand on there own as complete songs as well.
The following describes the inspiration for the songs on this CD:
Tenaya: The Falls
There is much history behind the lands of the Yosemite National Parks. Indians originally inhabited the lands that are now inundated with tourists yearly. Tenaya was a
legendary leader of the Miwok people, who were the original inhabitants of this awe-inspiring land. This piece emerged as a tribute to that land and its original people.
Theme from \"The Caravan\"
\"The Caravan\" is a murder mystery (could also be action/adventure). A group of thi eves on a mission to raid the Egyptian pyramids are mysteriously killed. There seemed to be mystery in the A theme, thus the plot. The B theme could be a romantic theme. In any event, I have Duke Ellington to thank for his help and inspiration posthumously.
Waltz for a Melancholy Movie
A final last dance before two lovers part. But, it needed an introduction to the dance. I developed an introduction that is the underscore to the lovers final conversation leading up to the last waltz. Then after the waltz another interlude and underscore, which leads to the piano solo.
Al\'s Bar Theme
For this tune, I wanted an uptown kind of sophisticated 32 bar song form. The setting takes place, where else, uptown in a place called Al\'s Bar (thus the title). It\'s a trendy bar on the top floor of a skyscraper. The view is fantastic, and all kinds of connections are made there, all legal, of course. As the scene begins, the band is kicking off the tune...
The Gospel According to Joe and Eddie
This music Is theme music for a film about my uncle, Joe Gilbert (of the folk music duo \"Joe and Eddie\"). His fame was short-lived, but his CD\'s are still around. The church-like opening of the A-theme sets a \"major melody\" mood appropriate for the story of Joe and Eddie. The minor B theme has all the dramatic qualities of the blues they sang about.
This song was written to be source music (background music in a holiday film). It is an R&B flavored medium tempo ballad that provides a yule-tide effect even outside a movie.
Three Lives One Movie
This music (film) is the story of three lives as they come together, each one on a quest for their own uniqueness, two who are enamored with one beautiful woman. The B theme was written frist in add meter time, 3 bars of 5/8 alternating with 1 bar of 6/8. The theme seemed to imply a character on the run, perhaps from the law. The C theme was written second and by contrast, is much more stable and grounded in one time signature, 6/8. This character has lofty goals and dreams of high achievement and adventure, climbing Mt. Everest, or fighting for civil rights. The A theme was written last. The music in this character\'s theme is dramatic, but contains elements of emotional pain. This character has searched and not found love. The (A Theme)character had to be an attractive woman, Rena, whom the other two characters are in love with.
My Imaginary Movie
I started only with a title for this piece \"Imaginary Movie\". I remembered a movie I\'d seen, \"What Dreams May Come\", in which the plot revolved around Robin Williams\' journey into the hereafter. Left behind was his wife. This song is about her story. The emotions of the loved ones who are left behind. I used that point of view to write this song. I wanted to create a make believe movie that is real in the mind of the listener, and becomes more real as they listen.
In Winter\'s Time
The characters name is Winter, an old man who at 90 still has vivid memories of his youth, but especially of his family who he\'s lost one by one and now grows older still...alone. His story seemed very sad, and the A theme reflects that, so I wrote a more joyful B theme with a modulation to give a lift and more drama to his character. The A theme returns though, reminding us of the sadness in Winter\'s time.
Theme from \"Moonlight in Rio\"
The setting is Rio de Janeiro after hours. The lights of the city flicker as the scene opens on mostly silent streets of the city. It\'s the early morning hours. Now the camera turns toward the beach, and we see a couple, hand in hand, walking along the beach under the Moonlight in Rio. This tune combines elements of Stan Getz and Jobim in the earliest days of \"bossa nova\". I wanted to bring that element to \"Moonlight in Rio\". It began as a piano tune with small group backing, from the beginning. I only added strings to the arrangement and kept the small group concept.
Al Daniels is an accomplished, well rounded artist and musician. While still in high school he won his first award for his musical talents. His classical performance on piano in the Young Musicians Competition (sponsored by Pepsi) won him a new piano and an appearance with the San Francisco Symphony. So, it was no surprise when he won recognition in the recent Jazziz Magazine Keyboards on Fire Competition for his original jazz composition \"Intimate Pursuit\". He was featured in the April 97 issue of that magazine.
He was drawn to the piano at age 7, playing mostly by ear. After some formal lessons, he moved onto classical study with Bay Area pianist Jules Haywood. By the end of high school, he had won the Young Musicians Award and continued on to two years of college at San Francisco State University. Upon entering college he was equally adept at playing jazz piano because of his talent for playing by ear. He was further guided in jazz playing by John Handy, who was just beginning the jazz studies program at State.
His progress towards a bachelors degree was continued at Cornish Institute in Seattle, WA. There he studied with bassist Gary Peacock, trombonist Julian Priester, and pianist Art Lande. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornish and was awarded a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) Degree. He recently completed study requirements and has been awarded a Master of Music Degree from Californina State University, Los Angeles.
Performing mostly in the Los Angeles area, he leads his won ensemble. Most recently he has appeared providing keyboards for saxophonist Ronnie Laws, and the award winning jazz group CJS Quintet. As co-founder/keyboardist/arranger of the Riverside-San Bernardino group JASPER he wrote original music for that group which featured stellar reed players such as Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Brandon Fields, Steve Tavaglione and many others.
In addition to playing keyboards Daniels is a vocalist as well. Two vocal numbers appear on his \"Life in the Balance\" CD, and he sings “Imaginary Movie” on this new CD. He has also written songs for the gospel group The Jackson Family which have been released on A&M Records and Sony/Epic Records.
This CD is dedicated to my friend Paul R. LaPierre and proceeds from this CD are being donated to City of Hope Cancer Center in his memory. I keep hearing of other friends and loved ones who are dealing with this serious illness, some surviving, others not so fortunate. This is my way of fighting back and honoring Paul and other very special friends and loved ones. Maybe one day none of us will know anything about cancer! You can do more if you feel as I do at: www.cityofhope.org/donate