BOBBY JONES - BEAUTY OF THE DAY
Have you ever once linked an album to a season as, when you discovered it, it highlighted a period of the year, or because its colours particularly remind you of a cold winter evening or a dazzling summer day?
By playing with all the colours of his musical palette, James Horner has this ability to give his scores very specific seasonal shades. Thus it can be entertaining to choose the season that would best fit one of his pieces or albums.
At the beginning of spring, as the dark fades away from our days, we may feel an irrepressible desire to listen to one of his scores that best evoke the two coming seasons.
With all due respect to people who suffer from allergies, the spring and the summer are indeed two most appreciated seasons as nature wakes up, people enjoy wandering and have an easier smile, café terraces are crowded… It seems that life comes back and recovers from the long dusk imposed by the winter every year.
What does Bobby Jones have to do with this season cycle? The answer lies in the gentle magic in the photography and music of the film telling us the story of the American golf player. The adequacy of these elements manages to depict the beauty of the day and to make us experience the fresh air of a spring morning.
"Utopia is always a matter of dawn, of early birds or daydreamers."
The opening cue St Andrews starts the disc with a quiet and calm atmosphere, perfectly illustrating the daybreak, the quietness of dawn, the placidity of the morning that successively skim the surface of the golf course of the Scottish town. James Horner signs his music in a traditional way, namely a soft fabric of strings coming from House of Cards, Braveheart or Enemy at the Gates, to almost naturally evoke the peaceful visual of the main credits.
At 4:48, a long chime describes the champion's charming swing and propels the film and its music into Bobby Jones' joyful childhood to the tune of a lively Celtic jig.
"Bobby Jones is an erudite and his accompaniment required an enjoyable and festive ornament."James Horner
"There is some John Nash in Bobby Jones. A triumph of the human spirit over the very nature of man and the difficulties of an art, a sport or a profession pushed to the extreme."James Horner
During his adulthood, Bobby Jones continues competitions, which start early in the day. The shadows are typically stretched.
"A Win Finally was composed in this spirit: the search for victory and for emancipation. It sounds like a fight, hence that rhythm in a major key, which evolves towards optimism and victory, this "freedom" brought by the celtic music and its typical orchestration."James Horner
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