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There’s a famous piece of music – you’ve all heard it and yet I would bet that most of you don’t know what it’s called or who wrote it. Well, I’m going to put that to rest now. The music was written by film composer James Horner, and he wrote it for the first Alien movie. It doesn’t show up in the movie at all, because director Ridley Scott didn’t want music in those tense moments where Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is preparing to blow up the ship, so it got used in the movie trailer instead.

And it’s shown up in just about every single action movie trailer since. When trailers are made for movies more often than not the final edit isn’t done, so they know they will need about 60 to 120 seconds of music and Horner recorded versions for every movie trailer length. Music is often one of the last things done on a film, but the movie studios want the trailers out there to generate interest, so they fall back on James Horner’s brilliant 2 minutes of pulse-pounding action music. If you’ve ever wondered why the music in some movie trailers sounds familiar, this is why – it’s that one piece of music that didn’t get used in Alien.

Lots of people have soundtracks running through their heads as they go about their days. It’s not so strange, just look at the number of people with iPods on their heads. For me today I have some Van Morrison running, and I expect that to later involve into the stellar work of Maaya Sakamoto. But I wonder now if the music in the head of Glenn Beck is that famous piece of music by James Horner.

I’m sure you’ve seen by now the news that a guest on his show openly called for Osama bin Laden to commit an act of terrorism on this nation so that the people would demand that the government "protect them effectively, consistently, and with as much violence as necessary," to which Beck solemnly nodded his head in agreement (as if he could do it any other way). While most of the outrage has focused on the idea that there are people of supposed intelligence wishing for a terrorist attack I would like to focus on the last part of that sentence.

Protect ourselves with as much violence as necessary? Um, what? Boy have the positions of the right evolved as we’ve moved out of the cold war and into terror watch. It used to be that we wanted as much weaponry as humanly possible to deter the outbreak of violence. It sort of worked too, although the reality is much more complicated than that. But now the thinking is to use that weaponry. Where did that bloodlust come from?

Yeah, we got the crap kicked out of us in early fall 2001. It hurt unbelievably, and the reaction to lash out is a natural one. But things have settled somewhat, and we’ve exacted a misguided form of revenge for it (there’s nothing about justice in the invasion of Iraq). But apparently some want that hurt feeling to return, so that we can lash out again and get our worthy proportion of blood, because it isn’t going to happen without it. And that’s the key point for me.

These people want their action flick. They want to lash out – cause pain, suffering, and commit acts of violence against these people they do not trust. The bloodlust is already there. But we can’t justify it if we’re on the road to peace. Obama isn’t going to attack anyone new, so we must be attacked ourselves so that we can commit the acts of violence that we want. It’s not about fighting terrorism or any form of justice but instead about the desire to kick some ass and kill some people. To cause pain.

So I’m back to my original observation – that I think that the soundtrack in the heads of Glenn Beck and others is James Horner’s 2-minute trailer. Can someone please turn the man onto a decent chick-flick? The man has already shown us he can cry. Maybe have John Cusak (okay, maybe a stand-in) hold that boom-box and play some Peter Gabriel? We’ve got to do something before the man actually hurts someone.

Originally posted to Animeraider on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 12:43 PM PDT.


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  •  I still have no idea what piece of music you're (5+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Hedwig, arodb, momoaizo, Tainith

    talking about. You should put up a link where people can hear it.

    "Jesus Christ was black, ronald reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11." Huey Freeman

    by cee4 on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 12:47:47 PM PDT

  •  Soothing Folk Music (3+ / 0-)

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    Basically, all the "Welcome to Hell, here's your [X]" instruments.

    I can't stand that loud, high pitched contemporary music.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 12:50:48 PM PDT

  •  Guthrie. Arlo Guthrie. (3+ / 0-)

    And Seeger.  Pete Seeger.

    And Guthrie.  Woody Guthrie.


    "The joy of activity is the activity itself, not some arbitrary goal which, if not achieved, steals the joy." ~John "the Penguin" Bingham

    by sheddhead on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 12:50:58 PM PDT

  •  Awe, I was hoping for the sound clip.... (1+ / 0-)
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    if you had found that you would have gotten my rec.  Actually the N.Y. Times had an article on google's new speech recognition modules where they had a sound clip of various sentences, and then how google interpreted it.

    Just another example of why the print versions can't compete with online media.

    Even Wikipedia's article on Doppelganger had a speech clip.  But they had a real German say it.  Not much use of that in the U.S.

  •  Bach, BB King, the Who, Clapton, (2+ / 0-)
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    Friend of the court, momoaizo

    Phil Keaggy, Mozart, Buddy Guy, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chess Blues, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck.

    Do you have a name for that collection?

    Searching for intelligent life on the Internet. Please post a URL.

    by blue aardvark on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 12:55:20 PM PDT

  •  Alien trailer (4+ / 0-)

    Gol DANG, that music IS creepy.

    "I welcome death, but not subjugation." --Iranian protest chant

    by Eryk on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 01:06:39 PM PDT

  •  Personal playlist (0+ / 0-)

    Here's a random selection from iTunes DJ:

    Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
    Mes Yeux Se Ferment - Dolly
    Ooh La La - Goldfrapp
    Milkdrunk - Halou
    Qui je suis vraiment (réflection) [extrait du film "Mulan"] - Mélanie Cohl
    Endorphin - Burial
    Blumenthal - Ulrich Schnauss
    Aller Simple - Isabelle Boulay
    Ta P'tite Flamme - Amelie-les-Crayons
    Le cur hypothéqué - April March
    Seeya Later - Boards of Canada
    Mixed Emotions - The Rolling Stones
    Ashokan Farewell - Evan Stover, Jay Ungar, Matt Glaser, Molly Mason & Russ Barenberg

    Tan Dificil - Federico Aubele
    Deep Blue - Ladytron
    Vid spilum endalaust - Sigur Rós

    "I welcome death, but not subjugation." --Iranian protest chant

    by Eryk on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 01:14:13 PM PDT

  •  Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band (0+ / 0-)

    Single-payer, single-payer, single-payer, single-payer.

    by Night Train on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 01:30:09 PM PDT

  •  I have freakishly (0+ / 0-)
    accurate tonal memory, and even without the link, I know exactly which 120 seconds of music you speak of.  

    We need to soothe Mr. Beck's savage breast.  I recommend the 4:21 piece out of John William's score to the original Superman movie, "Leaving Home".  

    Lots of gentle horns in a lilting melodic line, swelling to a lovely orchestral arpegio.

    I think I prefer that, rather than watching Beck have a head asplosion at the end of that pulse-pounding 120 seconds.

    Our promises are made in proportion to our hopes, but kept in proportion to our fears.-LaRouchefoucauld

    by luvsathoroughbred on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 02:09:30 PM PDT

  •  Think: Link. (0+ / 0-)

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 02:40:17 PM PDT

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