Posts filed under ‘Movie Theme’

Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why” is a song from Beatles film and album A Hard Day’s Night. In North America, it was released on both the American version of A Hard Day’s Night and the album Something New. Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was written by John Lennon. It was performed in the film as part of the ‘studio performance’ sequence.

My instrumental arrangement slows the tune down to a “slow dance tempo”.

August 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment


Help!” served as the title song for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album. It was also released as a single, and was number one for three weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

“Help!” was credited to Lennon–McCartney. John Lennon was the main writer, but the song was developed in songwriting sessions with Paul McCartney.

One of things I often like to do with uptempo Beatles songs is to slow them down for my instrumental arrangements.

July 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Town Without Pity

“Town Without Pity” is the title song from the 1961 film of the same name. Written by composer Dimitri Tiomkin and lyricist Ned Washington, the track was originally recorded by Gene Pitney. In 1962, the song received a Golden Globe award for “Best Motion Picture Song,” and was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Music, Original Song”. It was also Pitney’s first Top 40 hit.

My instrumental arrangement is in the style of a 1960’s guitar group like the Shadows or Ventures.



July 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride” was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Issued as a single in April 1965, it became the Beatles’ seventh consecutive number 1 hit in the United Kingdom and their third consecutive number 1 hit in the United States. The song was also included on their 1965 studio album Help!.

My instrumental arrangement preserves the feel of the original while adding a few additional details to help the tune work as an instrumental.

May 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

A Hard Days Night

A Hard Day’s Night was released in 1964. Directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, the film was a financial and critical success. The title song topped the charts in both the United Kingdom and United States when it was released as a single.

My instrumental arrangement slows it down a bit and also changes the feel as well.


May 10, 2017 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Two for the Road

“Two for the Road” was a 1967 film starring Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn. It is about a husband and wife who examine their twelve-year relationship while on a road trip to Southern France. The film was considered somewhat experimental for its time because the story is told in a non-linear fashion: it recounts their life together — through courtship and marriage, infidelity and parenthood — all “on the road” in a variety of cars via time-shifting vignettes.

The theme was composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. It never charted as a single, but has been recorded by many different artists. It was reportedly one of Mancini’s own favorites among his works.

My instrumental arrangement is fairly straightforward.

May 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Days of Wine and Roses

“Days of Wine and Roses” was a 1962 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. The main theme from the film was composed by Henry Mancini (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer). Andy Williams took it to #26 on the singles charts in 1963, and Henry Mancini’s instrumental version topped out at #33 that same year.

My version is a “slow-dance” guitar instrumental. It has a short, jazzy break in the middle in recognition of the song’s stature as very popular jazz standard.

May 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

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