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So Nate and I watched “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” on Valentine’s Day…

And I haven’t been able to get the soundtrack out of my head ever since. It’s probably because the soundtrack was done by James Horner, who was one of the best orchestrator of film scores ever (he did Apollo 13 and Titanic which are both good movies made INFINITELY BETTER by their soundtracks).

So I had to buy the whole freaking soundtrack on iTunes ‘cause I needed it. I was listening to it while walking the other day and heard the “Cat Rumble” track.

Listen to it. Does it sound really familiar?

Why?

Perhaps you’ve seen the title sequence to “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

Was this James Horner, too? Yup (1:43).

I already mentioned this one on here a while back (like a year and a half ago? I dunno, man, time makes no sense anymore), but I love how Horner used Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” as a base for the “In Training” song.

Finally, I’d forgotten how much I liked the “Way Out West” scene:

I distinctly remember this as being one of the first movies I saw where I really connected with the music. I mean, I think I’ve always been attuned to the music in all movies/TV, but this was one where I was like holy crap the music is so freaking good and adds so much!

RIP James Horner

SAD NEWS: the amazing composer James Horner was, in fact, killed the other day when his plane went down in California.

Who is James Horner, you ask?* He’s the conductor/composer behind a lot of really fantastic film scores. Examples:

  • The Land Before Time
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
  • We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story
  • Braveheart
  • Titanic
  • The Perfect Storm

He also did the score for Apollo 13, which has my favorite movie song ever (listen to it here!). Seriously. Awesome.

R.I.P. James Horner. You were an awesome composer.

 

*Or maybe you don’t ask this. Maybe more people are familiar with his name and works than the news would have us believe.