Yesterday, when news broke that a plane registered to the Oscar winning composer, James Horner, had crashed in Santa Barbara, I said a silent prayer that Horner was not in the plane (which seems almost silly since, in the plane or not, someone had died), but it has since been confirmed that Horner was indeed flying the plane and so, as of yesterday afternoon, we have lost one of the all time great film composers.
This is a sad day indeed. In looking over his incredible contributions to film, one thing is very clear, his music shaped a lot of my childhood, and if you know me, I have a very emotional connection to childhood.
This one hurts.
So, I felt like the best way to honor the man that provided us with such incredible musical moments was to dedicate this post to the scores he created that had the biggest impact on me, the scores that I continue to listen to and embrace as some of the best cinema has ever offered us. So, if you have the time, indulge in my ten favorite James Horner scores and allow the calm of nostalgia to overtake you and comfort you in the throws of this sad, sad day.
And then we come to his magnum opus, and one of the greatest film scores of all time; Titanic. This is the first film score I ever fell in love with and the first film score I ever purchased and listened to religiously. I fell asleep to this score nearly every night for a very long time, and this particular track never fails to swell my heart with the deepest of emotions.
It will forever carry a new, deeper meaning for me now.