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March 2024
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Cue of the Week: “Renaldo”

This music from Secrets Beneath the Floorboards serves as a signature leitmotif for the film’s comic relief character, who has a harmless crush on the protagonist.

In addition to creating a lighthearted mood, the music needed to clearly differentiate Renaldo from the love interest character, who had a visually similar look. (Sometimes score can play this kind of subtle informational role.) I decided that marimba would be perfect for both purposes.

09
February 2024
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Cue of the Week: “Memories of Oma”

In this cue from Lifetime’s Secrets Beneath the Floorboards, our protagonist sorts through relics of a childhood with her harsh Oma (a German term for grandmother). 

I wove Oma’s theme throughout the score, sometimes to overtly evoke her memory – which looms large in the protagonist’s mind – and sometimes more subtly. (A theme can be included in a way that’s not super noticeable, but helps create a common feeling in related pieces of music.)

02
February 2024
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Cue of the Week: “Cigar Snap”

A memory turns bitter. From the soundtrack of the Lifetime movie Secrets Beneath the Floorboards. The expressive cello performance comes courtesy of Simone Vitucci.

26
January 2024
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Cue of the Week: “Homecoming”

Warm remembrance turns to disquiet in this cue from the soundtrack of Secrets Beneath the Floorboards.

p.s. There’s a whole movie to go with this music. Stream the film on Lifetime Networks!

19
January 2024
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Cue of the Week: “A Change of Scenery”

Following a rather busy winter, I’m pleased to say that the Cue of the Week blog / mailing list is back! (If you remember the last post, you may find this opening amusing.)

This week’s selection comes from my score for the Lifetime movie Secrets Beneath the Floorboards. Following the flavor of the opening music, this is a rustic folksy theme that accompanies the protagonist’s getting out of Dodge for a lakeside country home. (Thrills and romance will ensue.)

03
November 2023
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Cue of the Week: “Hide and Seek”

Following a rather busy summer, I’m pleased to say that the Cue of the Week blog / mailing list is back!

This week’s selection is the first track I composed for Lifetime’s Secrets Beneath the Floorboards, a thriller about a widow who discovers that her husband was into what we’ll politely call some shady business. Our protagonist struggles to clean up the mess and, BTW, also save her own life from a highly motivated stalker. (Needless to say, this provided lots of opportunities for tense music.)

Secrets takes place in a rustic environment, which inspired the acoustic guitar as well as the washboard-esque percussion. There are also some less-familiar sounds that add a dash of what’s going on here?, to use the technical term.

p.s. If you’d like to hear the music in context, you can watch the film over at Lifetime!

22
June 2023
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I’m a Grammy voter!

I’m pleased to be a newly-minted voting member of The Recording Academy, a.k.a. the people behind the Grammys. I promise to always use this power for good, never evil.

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