I bet you $5 RIGHT NOW that you know AT LEAST five John Williams pieces with­out even know­ing it’s his work. Scroll through this list and if you don’t know 5 of the­se themes, you can come to the store and I won’t give you $5 but I will give you some musi­cal listening/movie watch­ing home­work. Or we can just chat about movie sound­tracks in gen­er­al. He has seri­ous­ly writ­ten so many icon­ic movie sound­tracks that it makes me so, so, so… EXCITED.

I real­ly love what John does. I saw him when he came to Pitts­burgh in 2011 to per­form with the PSO and I HAD SO MUCH MUSICAL FRISSON GOING ON IT WAS UNREAL. It was such a treat to breathe the same air as some­one so accom­plished and fan­tas­tic. I’m a total movie sound­track nerd so you’ll have to for­give the utter CAPS LOCK EXCITEMENT in this post. I’m just so cap­ti­vat­ed by how trans­form­ing a sound­track can be for a film (or even TV show.) Think about how blank a scene would be with­out music. Pon­der that for a moment.  ANY­who. Take a lis­ten to the­se tracks and enjoy the diver­si­ty and awe­some­ness fill­ing your head.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.

Exhibit C.

Exhibit D.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCNHVMIYqiA

Exhibit E.

Exhibit F.

Exhibit G.

Exhibit H.

Exhibit I.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ImPGu0VO_g

Exhibit J.

Exhibit K.

Exhibit L.

So, what do you think?