Saturday, February 27, 2010

This You Can Trust

Just got the Atlantean sword from a local crypt and had to teach my son the Riddle of Steel. He can barely pick it up, but he'll get there.Then later at night his older brother watched the old animated Lord of the Rings and I had the delight of his first reaction to Gandalf and the Balrog. He said, "Dad! The Balrog it has a whip and it took Gandalf and he fell and he said 'Fly-You Fools!'and now he's dead!"
That was awesome to see his first take on a classic.

I just found this while I was pondering teaching my son all that befalls you on the Tree of Woe and had to share. Basil Poledouris was a GENIUS, this was performed only 4 months before his death.

This was truly a score worthy of the source material. This is some of my absolute favorite music to write too. It has a magic that haunts and grips your soul, no wonder so many other movie soundtracks borrow it for promo's. We will miss Mr. Poledouris.

Me messing round the backyard, notice Cimmeria in the background.

25 comments:

Melanie Goldmund said...

Your son looks so excited! Don't you just love it when kids get so enthusiastic about things?

How heavy is that sword?

TerryLynnJohnson said...

great shot of the little warrior!

David J. West said...

Melanie-I love how excited he and his brother are.

About 10 pounds.

Terry-thanks

Brian Murphy said...

Just awesome.

Not to give you any ideas, but a few turns of the Wheel of Pain will build him up enough to wield that sword :).

David J. West said...

Thanks Brian, he probably thinks he is on the Wheel of Pain when I ask him to clean his room.

Brian Murphy said...

By the way, that is still the reigning champion of movie soundtracks. There has never been one better, at least to my knowledge.

M. Gray said...

Poledouris' stuff is amazing. You like Hans Zimmer? They have a similar feel for me. I used to go to bed every night when a senior in HS listening to his stuff.

David J. West said...

Brian-absolutely. Was I not positive enough on my endorsement of his work?

Mary-yeah, I like a lot of his stuff too-Dark Knight, Gladiator, Pirates, Last Samurai, Batman Begins etc

elizabeth mueller said...

David! Congrats on Song of Saphir! I voted for that one!!! :)

PS--your little boy is DARLING!! How old is he??

Angie said...

Cute pictures. Congratulations on Song of Saphir. I thought that one was yours. Good job.

Brian Murphy said...

You were quite positive, David. I just wanted to repeat that point for the non-converts out there :).

C. K. Bryant said...

Men and their toys...LOL!! Love the sword and CONGRATS!

David J. West said...

Elizabeth-he is 3, will be 4 in July.

Angie-Thanks I really hope to have a distinct voice that people will like.

Brian-I love his music, I always perk up whenever I'm writing to it, such brilliant imagery comes with those powerful notes. Poledouris was one of a kind.

David J. West said...

Hey thanks Christine, but toy? Its a tool!

The Debster said...

I agree with Brian about the Wheel of Pain, but for different reasons.........

MT said...

That music is amazing! I'm a big movie music fan and this guy is one of the best, isn't he.
Michelle

Voidwalker said...

Nice sword there. That's alwasy cool to see our children sharing interest in the things that give us joy. I'm sure your boy will be hacking and slashing with that sword in no time... My advice: buy some good knee guards. :P

David J. West said...

Debi-???

Thanks Michelle

Void-I will do that, I'm already overdue for a codpiece.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Dude, you find the coolest stuff. That is one wicked looking sword. I want one like that for one of my book covers. So cool. Looks like your raising your son properly. Kudos, good man.

Karlene said...

Congrats on the story contest!

Great sword.

The Debster said...

ah, i just meant that some days, the Wheel of Pain seems like a REALLY good disciplinary action...

but then i think, "What am I? A Barbarian??"

David J. West said...

Thanks Carolina, swords are awesome.

Karlene-I appreciate it, glad you submitted something too.

Debi-you are my lamentations of the women.

Kimberly said...

I have nothing to add except that the sword looks amazing and I WANT one.

All I have in one of those sword-in-a-canes. So not the same.

David J. West said...

Kim-its primal and barbaric but I love swinging three foot of steel around.

Anonymous said...

I have always felt that Poledouris' soundtracks were a close second behing Queens classics Flash Gordon and Highlander