Posts filed under ‘Movie Theme’

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

The Pink Panther

The theme from the Pink Panther is one of the best known compositions in history. Composed by Henry Mancini, it debuted in 1963 along with the first of the movies.

The Ventures released a version in 1964 on the album “The Fabulous Ventures”. My version is closer in the feel to the original.

May 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

The Sounds of Silence

“The Sounds of Silence” was written by Paul Simon over a period of several months in 1963 and 1964. The version we know is actually a remix of the acoustic original, overdubbing electric instrumentation. Simon & Garfunkel were not informed of the song’s remix until after its release. It went on to top the charts in 1966.

My version is firmly in my anachronistic surf-rock vein, while trying to maintain some of the gravitas of the original.

April 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Theme From Shane

“Shane” is a 1953 American Western film from Paramount, noted for its Oscar-winning cinematography. The picture was produced and directed by George Stevens and starred Alan Ladd in the title role.

The Shadows released a version of the movie’s main theme in 1961 on a 4-cut EP record. My arrangement is based on theirs.

March 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

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