Who I Am, Where I'm From!
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Author:  SueN [ Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:36 am ]
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Hi everyone, my name is Sue. I’m in San Francisco. It is great to read about all of you!

I didn’t know how much of a soundtrack junkie I was until I heard the Battlestar Gallactica soundtracks. You would think I got a hint when I would cut school as a kid just to go to Berkeley, because they were showing Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen. For the longest time I thought I was completely in love with Peter O’Toole but my real love was for Maurice Jarre’s soundtrack. His music took me on a journey and the escape was delicious. Another clue would have been how I wanted to howl at the moon after seeing Dances with Wolves. At that point, I would have married John Barry.

I took a class a few summers ago on Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Niebelung (Der Ring des Nibelungen). This is an epic opera, particularly Gotterdammerung. Unfortunately for me, I never understood the complex story about the ring, because I was in a drug induced coma from the music. Fortunately, I have the ability to experience the music through not just my ears, but every cell of my body. I kept trying to describe it to friends, but I lost them when I turned right at Pluto. Then, there was Bear.

In 2006 a friend and I, geeked out from Comic-Con in San Diego, saw that Bear was playing at Club Anthology downtown San Diego. Our mutual friends were so pissed because it was the last night and we were supposed to party. Little did I know how pivotal that night would be for me. I remember standing up in the living room of my friend’s house after “All Along the Watchtower” played on BSG, and I said “Who the hell is playing that?” Everyone shushed me and told me to sit down, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. That night at club Anthology, I heard it firsthand. Damn near fell off my chair. Where had this music been all of my life?

Thank you for reading if you got this far, sorry for the long post (I did shorten it I promise!), but when it comes to Bear’s music I am at mach 5, defcon 4. I hope to meet all of you someday at a concert. I will be the one front and center with my nose pressed to the stage.

Sue :D

Author:  Tomtrek [ Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:29 am ]
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Hello everyone!

I'm Tom from London, England.

I've been film music fan pretty much all my life, and recently finished my Masters Degree in Composing for Film & Television (that's how much I like it!). Bear's music and blog were very helpful for inspiration during my studies. I found his blog especially useful as it gives insights into the compositional technique which I didn't really find anywhere else, and it always helps reading about how someone was facing similar (compositional) problems that you are, and how they overcame them - especially when the result is as good as Bear's music is!

So thank you, Bear and hello everyone!

Author:  theburningcircus [ Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:52 pm ]
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My name is Brandon and I currently live in California.

I was first introduced to Bear's music with the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot. Being a film music and classical music lover my whole life, I was instantly captured by the opening credits theme music. I remember thinking, who is this composer, and can I buy their music? I instantly went on a search for all of Bears music.

The first movie I ever went to was, 'Return of the Jedi', with my dad, in Germany. We were stationed there because my dad was in the Army. I was around 5 years old at the time. It was about to be my first real film music experience as well, because when the scene came when Yoda dies, and John Williams music is stirring in the back ground, I began to cry and I asked my dad if we could leave. I think that had it not been for Williams music in that scene, I would never have had the wonderful memory of that time with my dad at the movies. To cheer me up, he put Billy Joel on the radio for the car ride home.

When I think back, I remember being moved by the 'Top Gun Anthem' by Harold Faltermeyer in 1986 as well. I'm still trying to Psycho-analyze what my pre-teen emotional state was at the time that caused me to become so connected to that specific song.

At that time I was also becoming more aware of people like John Williams and Danny Elfman. Specifically, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Superman, Star Wars, etc, and Batman, Beetlejuice, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, etc.

Moving into the early 90's, Jurassic Park was a stand out score in my memory. Also, composer's like Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, and John Barry, were entering my awareness.

Then into the late 90's, James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer came along and blew my mind!

And as the years flew by I found many, many composers who's work I loved and collected, but it wasn't until I heard Bear's work on Battlestar Galactica that I felt that overwhelming feeling again. Specifically with the song 'Something Dark is Coming' from Season Two soundtrack.

It's one of those pieces that just automatically consumed me. Much like , Bach's 'Air for G string', Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata', Samuel Barbers 'Adagio for strings', and every John Williams string section! Oh, and the 'Top Gun Anthem'! LOL!

So I thank you Bear!!!

Author:  Skating_Lientje [ Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:32 am ]
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ISing4Cylons wrote:
Hi, My name is ISing 4Cylons. That's my real name. My parents were OG Battlestar fans, what can I say?

Hi Raya, how good it is to connect on this forum as well. Sending you a big hug across the digital waves and the bits and the bytes... I'm sure it'll reach you somehow...


Author:  Wayne6 [ Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:29 am ]
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Hello everyone :D

My name is Sebastien, and I live in Brussels, Belgium (yes, another Belgian fan ;) ).

I'm happy to discover this forum, it's better than the blog to talk with other Bear fans (and soundtracks fans in general).

Like many of you, I discovered Bear's music with Battlestar Galactica. I was very impressed by the use of taiko drums, I had never heard that before in any soundtrack.

I need to improve my English, it's far from perfection, and I apologize for that :) .


Author:  Skating_Lientje [ Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:44 pm ]
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Hi Sebastien,

Super to find another belgian fan of Bear's on here. You are not the only one, although I'm not sure how many of the other belgian fans have found their way to this forum. I know a couple of them, and once we organised a Battlestar Galactica the Boardgame gaming night, while playing Bear's music on the background.

I'll let you know if something similar takes place in the future.


Author:  Wayne6 [ Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:33 am ]
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Hi Elin :)

That sounds very interesting :)
I noticed that other Belgian fans were posting on the blog. A meeting could be really great.

(we shoul create the Bear Belgian Fanclub, and try to make him come here to perform with the BSG Orchestra :D :D )


Author:  Ceric Neesh [ Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:08 am ]
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Hello! The name is Justin, the location is Ocala, Florida, though I did spend a year in beautiful Manhattan, Kansas and would love to return. I build props and cast jewelry as my hobbies while I go to school to learn things. Seriously, that's what I'm doing; learning things until the school wises up and cuts me off.

Author:  The Virginian [ Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:21 am ]
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Hi, my name is Shawn and I live in Lynchburg, Virginia. Bear, I may very well be your oldest fan at 58, but I think your music is awesome. I am partial to your work for BSG and Caprica. It never fails to evoke a strong emotional reaction from me when I listen to it. So beautiful.

I have been a soundtrack fan for many years. I'm not an "expert" in the field...far from it. But I know what I like. Some of my favorite composers include John Williams, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer and James Horner to name a few. You top the list. Your passion for music shows and your willingness to make yourself so accessible to the fans is truly generous. Thank you.

Bear I am truly amazed and inspired by your talent and look forward to your future projects. I hope someday to meet you. Perhaps you will do a concert near enough to where I live so I can come see you. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy your existing work.

Author:  Orneon [ Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:38 pm ]
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Hello there, i'm not really in the "mood" of doing long posts so i'll try to introduce myself shortly.

So i'm Frédéric (Fred) from Montpellier (France), waiting for a show in my country... ;)

I'm currently a sound design student and Bear's my number one inspiration for my work. But you can guess that :)

I won't write tons of lines to express how i feel about sir McCreary's work, you would be bored since i have so much to tell, so i'll make it fast : it's pure genius, inspiring, amazing, awesome, orgasmic, ...

I just love him and his work. Ok now i'm starting to be boring... I stop there, i promise. But wow, i can't find the words. Sorry, true, i promised...

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