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All The Best, Ms. Ronstadt

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We were saddened last week to hear Linda Ronstadt’s announcement that she had, several months back, been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and has found herself unable to sing any more.  The loss of her gorgeous, inimitable, unique voice is a great one, but of course we are most sorry for the other challenges that the disease brings her. 

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Stardom to Soundtracks II

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Howard Shore has scored 65-plus films and won 3 Academy Awards. Any film buff will recognize most of these movies; the most famous are The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, The Silence of the Lambs, Mrs. Doubtfire, Seven, The Departed, andHugo. Mr Shore is 66 and going strong.

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Stardom to Soundtracks III

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Danny Elfman has been closely associated with directors Tim Burton and Gus Van Sant, scoring nearly all their films. Those include the first two Batman movies and Good Will Hunting, but he's also done Spiderman 1 and 2 and the Men In Black series.  Elfman has been even more prolific than Howard Shore, creating soundtracks for 75 films by the tender age of 60. He also created the immediately recognizable television themes for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives.

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Stardom To Soundtracks I

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Here's a riddle for you: what do Michael Kamen, Howard Shore, and Danny Elfman have in common? Now, you probably guessed they are all musicians, and you may know they are world-famous film composers, but what you maybe didn't know is that they were in three of my favourite bands: The New York Rock Ensemble, Lighthouse, and Oingo Boingo. All right, I know that sounds a little like Bilbo Baggins stumping Gollum with his enigmatic query, “What's in my pocket?” But let's not forget that in the pocket was the magical ring of gold.  And there is something golden and magical about these bands as well, even though you may have to probe some dark canyons to unearth them. 

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