The Best Music in Movie Moments at #7

The world’s children need good teachers. Great teachers make a huge difference in people’s lives. Teachers aren’t always in the classroom. Mike Rich had a good teacher and he wanted you to know about it.

Finding Forrester was written by a fellow radio DJ named Mike Rich. Mike Rich was a DJ on the same radio station that I was at in Portland, Oregon. I was privileged enough to attend the movie premier for Finding Forrester. We walked the red carpet and it was a big deal. When the movie opened and the credits showed on the screen there it was in large letters WRITTEN BY MIKE RICH the whole audience cheered. It was a powerful moment.  A good guy made it.  This would be the first of many great moments.

Sean Connery plays William Forrester, a complicated character who wrote that one great novel we all have in us. As a blogger I really appreciate the line, written by Mike Rich, spoken by Sean Connery, “you write your first draft with your heart.” As a reader of my blog you get a lot of first drafts. The other main character is Jamal Wallace played by Rob Brown. Rob Brown had absolutely no acting experience. He came to the movie set from a flyer looking for extras and ended up in the leading role very much holding his own against Connery in scene after scene. This is an amazing story that combines with these other amazing stories to make a story that amazes. That sentence would have sounded better if I could type like Sean Connery speaks.

Mike Rich was a great DJ and therefore has great taste in music. I was fortunate enough that all the radio stations I worked at were filled with very knowledgeable music lovers. You did not get a job there because of chain-smoking or being related to someone on staff, nope we were there because we knew music and how to put it together in a mix. This still holds true at a few stations across the country. God bless you all.

The film at #8 also had the privilege of being a Gus Van Sant movie, another music lover and he’s a musician as well. The song at #8 has been used several times since, in adverts, television shows, and many other forms of media. And it is worthy of making my Best Music in Movie Moments. There is not any other vocal music in the movie. The movie uses the usual instrumental soundtrack music to change and advance scenes in the movie. But the best is saved for last. While the movie is showing it’s last poignant scenes and heading for the final credits you hear the sweet strumming of the ukulele. Don’t hit the exits yet because we have Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole, or Bruddah Iz, with his interpretation of “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World.


About Spool Going Round

If you like my blog and have access to programming and would like to do a radio/internet show together, please contact me. My name is Mike. I am an on-air radio DJ. I fell in love with radio in Chicago and then took that passion to someplace where I could actually get on the air. My travels took me to Seattle, WA, Eugene and Portland, OR and Washington D.C., where I was able to have my own morning show. I've had crab cakes with Warren Zevon, sat backstage and interviewed Sting, had Melissa Etheridge sing to me from the front row and I loved every minute of it. That passion for music still burns strong in me and I love to talk music and be turned on to music. Sharing new music with people is what got me interested in radio in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to talk music with you. "Go ahead you're on the air..." Read more:
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