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E.C. Henry

I think the playfull "music" in a good script comes from the writer playing with the material in the re-writing stage. Writing is SO hard. You have to have a good concept, you have to have a good plot, then you "tweek" it to make is something special.

Loved "Reservoir Dogs." Dark movie, yes, but creative and edgy the first time you see it.

One caution concerning "playfullness" -- you still have to have a COHERENT story. Storys that meander and don't come back to have a meaningfull ending that ties things up SUCK! A sure sign that the writer didn't do his job.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


EC, I agree: coherency is a primary necessity in good stories.

But I also advocate letting go, going "out," abandoning all cautions in a FIRST draft -- you can always rewrite after you've made the discoveries that are often born of taking risks and flying blind.

Mystery Man

I'm all about jazz.

I actually have Tomasz Stanko Quartet's "Matka Joanna" and I just bought "Lontano," which love deeply, and I also have "Litania" from the Tomasz Stanko Septet. I'm still getting acquainted with "Lontano." I love the last song, "Tale," which just slices into your heart with its beautiful simplicity, doesn't it? It makes me think of movies like "Leaving Las Vegas" or perhaps "Glengarry Glen Ross."

It's funny to me. Two movie guys I love dearly, you and Girish Shambu, write about music more beautifully than the MUSIC GUYS.

One walks away from reading a post like this with the feeling, "it is well with my soul."



I'm pissed Tosca String Quartet was in town and I had no idea.

Very good posting, Billy. I couldn't have said it better myself. (And probably could never say it better myself)


I always make a mixed tape (now CD) of the music I imagine playing over the screenplay I'm writing. Then I loop it until I'm done with the screenplay. Music sets the tone for what I'm writing. When I get sick of the music, I'm usually also getting sick of the story :-)

I try to decipher my love affair with Almodovar (my 2nd favorite director), and I think you hit upon it here -- he's always having fun. Even in a movie like Bad Education that's inherently dark, he's still having fun.

My favorite director of all time is Kieslowski. His movies don't have a sense of fun to them per se, but a certain knowing. Are they fun and I just can't see it?

My 3rd favorite director would be David Lynch...


Thanks, MM -- clearly you have good taste in music ;-)

Hey Mike: So evidently you know them Toscas... so what kind of stuff do they do when they play out on their own?

Christina: I'm a mix-tape/CD-to-write-to guy as well... in fact, this sounds like it's a Next Post-worthy subject...

Kieslsowki definitely not Mr. Fun, but he does take risky leaps with the time/space stuff, on occasion...


My love for music has bore on me as a writer. I can't describe it the way I hear it... there are rarely phrases that can capture a melody and give it to the reader. The analogy between the nostalgic genius of The Science of Sleep and rock and roll painted it well for the cynics. And maybe, at last, gave popular studios a new direction and formula.


I hear music in everything. I hear it all over my's the only way I can create a script.

I espescially hear music on the radio.


i think i spelled especially wrong.



Janet, here's hoping.

Oh Jess I'm with you, and let's do especiajlly three times (but remind me to talk to you about "its")...

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