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    Hi from Australia

    Hello Everyone,

    Thanks for having me. I write all sorts of music but my two great loves are movie and classical music.

    I have about a billion questions, and hopefully, I have many comments, suggestions and answers too.

    I'll look into the different forum's and see what's happening there, so I'm sure I'll be getting involved soon.

    I've just been listening to the music from Sophie's Choice by Marvin Hamlisch, for about the 100th time, and I have to say, I feel that he is a composer who does not get enough recognition. Any other Hamlisch lovers out there?



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    Vice Admiral Virtuoso John Watt's Avatar
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    RobJ Kennedy! John Watt here, and that's me just coming back online to post again.
    This is the only music forum I've been visiting for over five years now, after being online.
    It's the quietest, or slowest, that I've ever seen, and I've been residential offline again, until now.

    My old 70's friend, Alex Christoff, was an Australian Olympic bike racer, from Adelaide.
    He had a kidney failure two weeks before the Olympics, maybe Korea, and never got to race.
    I had to type that.

    Marvin Hamlisch was huge with his movie soundtrack, "The Sting", being big all over.
    I worked as an usher at the theatre when I was in high school, the 60's,
    and being Clan Watt, even if my father was a labourer in a local steel factory,
    and I went to the new, expensive high school, we had the first colour TV, a big one.
    I made signs for the drive-in, the same manager, when I became a sign-painter,
    and saw a lot of movies there, and became a movie watcher.
    I'm not cable or streaming anything, just watching DVD movies on my Panasonic Cinematic Tau television, 48".

    As a professional lead guitarist-vocalist in the 70's and early 80's,
    after seeing Jimi Hendrix, George Benson and Deep Purple in '69-'70,
    building my own lefties and soldering up my own amplifier systems,
    I see myself as a soundtrack player, music as notes and sounds for tone poems and effects.
    Marvin never came across as a hippy, so he was on TV a lot as a talk show guest and performer,
    way back then.
    If I had to name one soundtrack composer, John Williams comes to mind,
    especially "Close Encounters of the Forth Kind", if not the fifth and sixth kind.
    No, no no no no, please, before you even start thinking this,
    no-one ever said to me that if anyone was capable of having sex with aliens it would be me,
    no, no-one ever said that or typed it.

    A little Australian trivia for you:
    What do Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia and Nicole Kidman all have in common?
    They all say Lenny Kravitz sexed them up and made them adult performers.
    Now I'm going to go and look for some wombat action.
    As a son of Sons and Daughters of the Gael, who speak Gaelic,
    bay-an-uck-let, blessings on you, and have a good day!

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    Welcome Rob to the forums. Look forward to your posts.
    ....To play only what is written is the domain of science. To realize what is not written is the domain of art."
    - Jean Langlais

    I wish you the Best for each day, now and always.


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    Commander, Assistant Conductor Albert's Avatar
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    Welcome Rob. Not the busiest of forums but one of the better ones.

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    Vice Admiral Virtuoso John Watt's Avatar
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    Yes, I'm also looking forward to more postings, and yes, it's not as busy as before.
    Maybe my pop-rock trivia is a turn-off here, or maybe I'm wrong about Marvin Hamlisch,
    stinging myself.
    It could be time for some hard rock trivia.
    Geologists estimate that the area of Scotland was the first land emerging from primal seas,
    with Australia being second, Ayers Rock probably being the only remnant of that.
    That's always a strange vibe to assimilate musically, if you can dig it, er, sorry,
    digereedo it. The soundtrack to creation, always a good one.

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