I usually don’t get torn up when I hear about a celebrity death. I usually say, ” That’s a shame.” and go about my life. Of my 10 favorite film composers of all time, only two of them have passed away in my lifetime. Yesterday a third was added to that list. John Barry.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time listening to the film scores of John Williams and Danny Elfman. After my father had left my mom, I felt very lost and abandoned. I turned to buying and renting movies. I remember as soon as I got my license, I drove to Blockbuster and rented Dr. No. I had decided that I would start watching all the James Bond movies in order from beginning to end. I became a die hard 007 fan. I know the movies weren’t all great, but it each one had offered it’s own element of escapism.
It was soon after that when I purchased The Best of James Bond 30th Anniversary cd box set. I would listen to those cds in my car all the time. It was almost as if the escapism I got from the James Bond movies transfered over into my every day life.
Since then, I have become quite fond of John Barry’s work beyond the world of 007 and I am incredibly saddened by his passing. If you aren’t familiar with his work, I cannot recommend it enough.
All of his non-Bond music that I own has an other worldly quality to it that I really love. No other composer sounds quite the way that John Barry does. All of his scores sound very majestic with a hint of sadness. They are epic without being overbearing.
While listening to his scores last night I was reminded of my life with his music, as well as my life since my father left and it just reminded me how short and precious life is and we need to make the most out of it, because leaving something beautiful for future generations is an invaluable gift. John Barry will be missed.
I am glad that John Barry’s music will live on forever. I hope you get a chance to check out some of his work. Below are a few Cues of John’s that are among my favorite.
Main Theme – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Sir Hilary’s Night Out – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Fight at Kobe Docks/Helga – You Only Live Twice
007 And Counting – Diamonds are Forever
Bond Lured to Pyramid – Moonraker
Journey to Fort Sedgewick – Dances with Wolves
End Titles – Masquerade
End Title ( You are Karen) – Out of Africa
Theme – Somewhere in Time
Smile – Chaplin
We Have all the Time in the World/ The James Bond Theme – O.H.M.S.S.