Yes, late again. My apologies. My kids came over around 2:30 yesterday and stayed until 4:30. I left at 4:30 to go to a cidery for ice cold cider, good food, and excellent conversation along with many laughs with friends.
Got home from there and decided to watch movies instead of listening to music and coloring. I stayed up late last night watching, “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir” for the first time as an adult. It makes a lot more sense as an adult. Then I stayed up and watched, “Hotel Mumbai,” which was a hellishly horrific movie about the attack on Mumbai in 2008 by Pakistani terrorists which most focused on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. By the time I got to bed it was after 3. I had a lunch date with a friend that got postponed from Friday so no time to color this morning. Went out and ran errands after lunch, got back here, and started coloring.
If I get one of the jobs I’ve applied for, things will be changing up but will deal with it if/when it happens.
Today’s musical selection is not one song but a whole soundtrack, which blessedly is available on youttube (Praise Youtube!) of The Big O (no, not that one) anime series. My younger son has been into anime since at least his college days and maybe before? Dragonball Z was the precursor that set the stage. Anyway it is a fond memory sitting and watching this series with him. Many times it was after work and so I would fall asleep sometimes, but at some point I remained awake until the complete first season was watched. The storyline is intriguing and compelling as you learn the whole story bit by bit. The relationships between the characters are well-developed and often haunting as the story jumps around in timelines, memoirs, etc.
I never forgot the music. It’s quality and runs the continuum of genres and moods. Please feel free to sample it as you will. The youtube is about an hour and a half long. It’s all instrumental.
The Big O (Japanese: THE ビッグオー Hepburn: Za Biggu Ō) is a Japanese anime television series created by designer Keiichi Sato and director Kazuyoshi Katayama for Sunrise. The writing staff was assembled by the series’ head writer, Chiaki J. Konaka, who is known for his work on Serial Experiments Lain and Hellsing.
The story takes place forty years after a mysterious occurrence causes the residents of Paradigm City to lose their memories. The series follows Roger Smith, Paradigm City’s top Negotiator. He provides this “much needed service” with the help of a robot named R. Dorothy Wayneright and his butler Norman Burg. When the need arises, Roger calls upon Big O, a giant relic from the city’s past.
The television series is designed as a tribute to Japanese and Western shows from the 1960s and 1970s. The series is done in the style of film noir and combines the feel of a detective show with the mecha genre of anime. The setpieces are reminiscent of Tokusatsu productions of the 1950s and 1960s, particularly Toho’s kaiju movies, and the score is an eclectic mix of styles and musical homages.
The Big O premiered October 13, 1999 on WOWOW satellite television. It finished its run on January 19, 2000.
The Big O [soundtrack] was scored by Geidai alumnus Toshihiko Sahashi. His composition is richly symphonic and classical, with a number of pieces delving into electronica and jazz. Chosen because of his “frightening amount of musical knowledge about TV dramas overseas,” Sahashi integrates musical homages into the soundtrack. The background music draws from film noir, spy films and sci-fi television series like The Twilight Zone. The battle themes are reminiscent of Akira Ifukube’s compositions for the Godzilla series.
The first opening theme is the Queen-influenced “Big-O!”. Composed, arranged and performed by Rui Nagai, the song resembles the theme to the Flash Gordon film. The second opening theme is “Respect,” composed by Sahashi. The track is an homage to the music of Gerry Anderson’s UFO, composed by Barry Gray. The closing theme is the slow love ballad “And Forever…” written by Chie and composed by Ken Shima. The duet is performed by Robbie Danzie and Naoki Takao.
Along with Sahashi’s original compositions, the soundtrack features Chopin’s Prelude No. 15 and a jazz saxophone rendition of “Jingle Bells.” The complete score was released in two volumes by Victor Entertainment.