Last month Ennio Morricone performed at Royal Albert Hall in London – along with a 100 piece orchestra, and 100 singers, and I was fortunate enough to be there. Words can’t even begin to describe how grand and beautiful it was… I had goosebumps throughout the entire performance.
The first song I heard was the ‘Deborah’s Theme’ from Once Upon a Time in America, the song plays when Noodles (De Niro) takes Deborah to dinner at the empty restaurant, it’s probably one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard.
I’ve been in Sydney all week and a lot of this time has been spent hanging out with my 8 year old nephew, Alvin J. At the moment he’s right into these skate movies from the 80s – the Bones Brigade series. Created by the legendary (in skate circles, at least) Powell-Peralta, these films feature an all star skater lineup – Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill & Lance Mountain.
I haven’t really watched skate movies since I was a teenager trying to mooch in on my brother and his mates, but watching these movies now is hilarious – great skating, brilliant soundtrack, silly acting & plotlines but it’s all so much more laid back and less commercial than the skate movies (and games) out there today.
I recently watched the Ramones documentary ‘End of the Century’ and it’s brilliant. The band has had more lives than I realised – from their early days as awkward angsty Queens boys playing at CBGBs they went on to record 5 albums, toured relentlessly around the world for over 20 years, made THAT rock & roll high school movie & then their last album was produced by the infamous nutty producer, Phil Spector.