Music is the most mysterious of all art forms to me. I know how to write creatively. I understand the process of creating imagery to tell a story or convey an emotion. The mechanics of directing are something that anyone with enough motivation can learn. But music—how it is created and where it comes from—I have no idea. It is the closest thing to magic that exists in this universe.
It is no exaggeration to say that right alongside John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, I have spent more time immersed in the music of James Horner than any other musical artist of any genre or format. The profound impact of his music cannot be overstated. To me, the most vital aspect of any piece of music, is that it must make me feel. It must engage my emotions and take me on a sonic journey, deep within myself. In this regard, James Horner was as good as anybody who ever picked up a baton or sat in front of the keyboard.
Here are ten of my favorite James Horner scores of all time, both epic and intimate, spanning the decades of his amazing (and sadly cut way too short) career. No analysis will be offered. That can come later. Right now, it is just time to listen and enjoy and feel.
The Mask of Zorro
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
The Journey Of Natty Gann
Batteries Not Included