So much has happened this week in world-wide news! But I want to tell you about something you may have missed in your news feed this week. This week we have lost another great one. We have lost many great ones recently; Robbin Williams, Leonard Nimoy, Sir Christopher Lee and unfortunately the great men and women of this age will continue to pass on as the years go by.
This week we have lost James Horner. James Horner may not be a name that you recognize because he’s not an actor, like those previously mentioned. But you will know his work. He is a composer, meaning that he wrote the music that you hear in the background of many favourites and movies dear to our hearts.
He is most well known for his Titanic Score. He won an Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score for the music and won Best Original Song for the famous “My Heart Will Go On” Titanic song. Those are just a few things he won an Oscar for. He has been nominated for other scores such as James Cameron’s Aliens, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind and Avatar. He has scored over 100 films and many of them we grew up with.
For those of us that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, you will remember the classic kids movies that you sat watching for hours such as Balto, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Honey I Shrunk the Kids and The Mask of Zorro. Well James Horner composed the music to ALL those movies. Can you believe it? He has touched all our lives, both as children and as adults, through his music. Horner once said, “I’m different from some other composers because I don’t look at this as just a job. I see music as art.” And that is definitely what his music is- art. We have definitely lost a master of his craft. We are fortunate that he lives on through his music.
If you want to take a look at his work we have a large selection of his musical scores here. If you want to delve into the magical world of movie music, take a look at our collection of Soundtracks that Inspire. You will find James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, John Williams and many more composers that make our movie going experience something that touches our souls.