Many, many years ago, I was one of the few conductors who talked to the audience and now a lot of classical conductors have figured it out… otherwise, you just get the back of someone’s head playing music you could hear on a CD. It’s not enough anymore.
You mustn’t underestimate an audience’s intelligence.
My whole thing is not just to play music for people, but to make them part of the evening.
I have always thought of music as a highway with many lanes.
You know, anyone who invites me to do something makes me feel special.
I still have great faith in what is good and right in all of us.
As I get older, I’m slowing down and, yes, calming down in my desire to be taken seriously. That I can be entertaining and funny and high nervous energy can work against me as a serious composer, slowly but surely you’ll see me be quieter just so that people will listen.
I can make a song up about anything: garbage, the weather, things in the news.
Let’s say music is needed for only 43 seconds of film. You have to score it so it is an entity, so it won’t bother anyone when it ends so quickly. Or if a song runs 2 minutes and 45 seconds, but the titles run a minute longer, you have to arrange that song so...