CHAPTER 20 - PHOTO GALLERY
Mack Wilberg, Quinn Orr, and the Orchestra at Temple Square join the author for a photo after their recording session / Emmy Award for Best Regional Film PSA, "Rise Above the Blues" / Dave Newbold / Curt Dahl and Jerry Craven / The author with director, writer, and producer Quinn Orr
CHAPTER 20 - EXCERPT
This was not traditional worship music.
Stylistically, it was all over the map. Sometimes that was literal – Pacific island music, Caribbean reggae, European renaissance, Motown, Middle Eastern, rustic American folk, New Orleans jazz, bluegrass, and many other styles I was asked to compose in. Researching these cultures and their musical idioms led to dramatic increases in the breadth and depth of my music scoring vocabulary. What composer would not welcome that?
At other times, I was asked to compose in a contemporary orchestral film scoring style. Think James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, James Newton-Howard. Studying the music of these masterful film composers became a joyful exercise for me, though it could also be intimidating. Nevertheless, through experimentation and abundant trial and error, I began to acquire competency in orchestral writing. These blossoming orchestral writing and arranging chops also found their way into my video game music.
Perhaps instead of describing church music as a parallel career path, I should label it an interlaced career path. Certainly any story of my music scoring career would be incomplete without it...
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CHAPTER 20 - MUSIC GALLERY