Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Mr. Kamen's Opus

The film music community received a bit of sad and shocking news today: composer Michael Kamen has died. He was only 56, but he had been battling multiple sclerosis for a number of years.

Kamen wrote the scores for all the Lethal Weapon films, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the first X-Men film, the James Bond film Licence to Kill, and -- my favorite score of his -- Mr. Holland's Opus. Kamen's work will also be known to rock fans; he was behind a lot of the orchestral stuff used by "arena bands" like Pink Floyd.

Yet again I have to wonder why creativity and the ability to bring pleasure to many people is so often not rewarded with long life.

Farewell, Michael Kamen.

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