this week, joe and i were lucky to have been invited to the 2015 ASMAC golden score awards.
think of some of the most influential los angeles composers, orchestrators, arrangers, and musicians together in one room.
to say we enjoyed the evening would be a gross understatement.
our dear friend mark (thank you, mark!) just sent me a brief email. "come to this thing. wear nice clothes." and joe and i cancelled our plans and made it happen. because when mark tells you to do things like this, you do them.
turns out, ASMAC is a wonderful organization that recognizes arrangers, composers, and orchestrators, people who don't normally get the recognition they deserve for all their hard work. this year's recipients of the golden score awards were conrad pope and john debney.
the most touching part of the night, to me, was when richard sherman got up to speak about john. (richard sherman wrote "it's a small world", "mary poppins" and many others that made up your childhood. joe met him. not only has he made wonderful music, but he is a wonderful person.) richard told us a story of "little johnny debney" from 50 years ago. when john was a little boy, his dad (a producer over at disney at the time) asked richard if his son could spend the day listening to the sherman brothers compose. he just loved music. richard allowed him to sit in the room with them all day and john watched quietly and soaked up every moment. now, at 59 years old, john is receiving an award for music composition from richard, his early mentor and influence.
if that doesn't make you tear up...
oh yeah, and joe bid on (and won) this at the silent auction ^
it's an autographed score from debney's elf. funny side story: this score is what made joe and i realize that we were meant to be. he was the only other person i'd met that knew that this score and polar express have almost identical main themes. (any other soundtrack nerds out there? anyone?)
it was also quite nice catching up with don williams. (john williams' brother) who joe used to study with when he was younger.
hearing the music of these men performed by live musicians and hearing from their hearts was the kind of pick-me-up that i'd been needing. even though our industry is drastically changing every day, i'm thankful for this type of community that still exists in small nooks and crannies.