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Rod at home by Chuck Hasse
11/1/08. Copyright 2008 by Stanyan Music Group
A Thought for Today
If a thought makes sense it bares
repeating. Several men have proven that any man can grow up and become
President - some of those same men have also shown us that not every man
elected to the office is capable of being President. Our country might
just have gotten it right this time.
TO BEGIN WITH
As many of you know Ben McMillan who moonlights at
Stanyanhouse.com filling your
mail orders for all things McKuen has a more interesting day job. He’s
half of the screenwriting team of Greenbaum / McMillan and they have a
very funny WEB mini series called “Border Patrol. After reading today’s
Flight Plan and downloading today’s music track scroll down to “A Note
From Ben.” It follows today’s poem and if you feel so inclined follow
his instructions. I’d consider it a personal favor. Thanks.
WORDS ABOUT MUSIC
HELLO HEARTACHES From McKUEN COUNTRY
“Hello Heartaches” is part of my score for the 1968 film “Joanna.” It
was written to be used as ‘source music,’ a term that defines music used
in a film where a scene calls for it to come from a radio for instance
or maybe a dance band. In other words it’s music not meant to underscore
the film’s action but from an often visible source within the movie. In
this case a party scene where the song is played on a phonograph
(remember them?} during a noisy party.
I doubt that anyone who went to see “Joanna” ever heard “Hello
Heartaches” (it was voiced by British studio singer Barbara Kay) since
party rah, rah’s. including laughter, the buzz of the crowd and even
brief patches of dialog were competing for attention while it played.
Later when the soundtrack album was released I did get requests for the
sheet music so it was featured in the “Joanna” songbook along with songs
and music cues that were intended to be part of the films fabric
and a brace of cues I turned into songs. Peter’s Theme for instance
became “I’ll Catch The Sun” – which I sang in the film, dialed way down
because it too was used as a source cue. Over the years “I’ll Catch The
Sun” has become a genuine standard with a number of recordings and it
has been translated into eight languages.
After Joanna was completed and just before its release I added words to
the jazz-waltz that punctuated the sequences filmed in Paris and it
became “Run To Me, Fly To Me” and some of the beach cues were turned
into a bossa nova entitled “Some August Day.” There were even more
musical passages that I couldn’t resist turning into songs; another
party sequence became a big band number entitled “Saturday Night in
Knightsbridge” and the German Waltz I wrote to add dimension to the
character of Cass now has words and is called “Till We’re Together
One of my favorite cues, written for a brief sequence where the Joanna
is mucking about with another young lady in the shower turned into a
very ethereal statement; “I’m Only Me” and on and on. Being a lyricist
as well as a composer sometimes it’s hard for me to leave a seemingly
singable melody alone. My score for “Joanna” was orchestrated and
conducted by the great Arthur Greenslade.
Years later when I decided to do an album of country music I remembered
“Hello Heartaches” and decided to add it to the project. This time I
framed my own vocal with a Floyd Kramer style piano. I love it when a
song can work in multiple styles and “Hello Heartaches” feels even more
at home as a blues ballad in McKuen Country than it did as part of a
posh party in a London flat.
As proof of just how much music I ended up writing for Joanna’s score I
was able to add a whopping 30 minutes of unissued musical cues to the
Silver Anniversary compact disc of the soundtrack album issued in 1993.
That CD, now out of print, probably became a collector’s item because of
the added music. At any rate it is nice to welcome an old acquaintance
to Rod’s Jukebox of downloads and I’d appreciate any feedback you might
have on it . . . as part of the lyric states: Hello Heartaches, my
good old friend might it be one of yours too?
RM 1/22/2009 Previously unpublished.
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