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May 2024
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Cue of the Week: “A Bitter Funeral”

This week’s music selection from Secrets Beneath the Floorboards accompanies a moment near the start of the film, where our heroine is attending the funeral of her abusive husband. Though her mental state is fairly dark, she’s surrounded by supportive people. (Well, supportive people and a nosy cop; this is a thriller, after all.) I thus made the score lean towards being empathetic, as if it were also a loved one providing comfort.

03
May 2024
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Cue of the Week: “Kiss Me”

As you probably figured out from the title, this week’s music selection has something of a romantic tone. In the accompanying scene in Lifetime’s “Secrets Beneath the Floorboards”, a dinner for two takes a turn for the amorous.

In this blog I like to reference how composers recycle ideas. Here, the repeating four-note piano motive is just the film’s main theme wearing nice evening clothes.

26
April 2024
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Cue of the Week: “Holden Investigates”

A relatively subtle suspense cue, this week’s selection shows my belief that tense music ought to feature more kalimba.

19
April 2024
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Cue of the Week: “Holden on the Range”

An interlude of romance in a rustic setting inspires this week’s music selection from Lifetime’s Secrets Beneath the Floorboards. I particularly love scoring these kinds of moments, which provide rich opportunities for musical themes to breathe and develop.

Here I introduce a four-note theme that’s a leitmotif for romance in the film. Drawn from the pentatonic scale (a.k.a. the “all white notes on the piano” scale) it has a peaceful and faintly folksy sound. As the conversation turns to the protagonist’s troubled Oma (grandmother), that character’s theme briefly emerges on cello before the romantic mood returns. Props to Tom Strahle for the lovely acoustic guitar accompaniment.

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