no the sounds in this video are not GPO, they are real people playing music.
This, I believe is a classic example of how GPO can be used to bring musicians together
and make a huge difference in people's lives. Not replace musicians. This whole post is really not me tooting my horn,
it is about tooting GPO's horns!
Quite some time ago I posted "On Golden Pond with GPO" on this forum in the Listening Room.
Jason Johnson was going to be recording some music with the Hollywood Orchestra at 20th Century Fox Scoring stage and wanted to have the orchestra play the Theme from On Golden Pond for his good friend Dabney Coleman. It is understood that On Golden Pond was perhaps Dabney's favorite film he had ever been in.
Jason came across my post here on Northern Sounds through a Google search for On Golden Pond orchestral score. After Jason went to my website and listened, he knew "this was it" He found it, or so he thought. He emailed me and told me about Dabney being a great friend and asked if I would share my score with him for this purpose. I informed him that as far as I knew, there was no score, and that I created the GPO version strictly by ear, listening to the original CD soundtrack called Cinemagic by Dave Grusin.
I sent him the Digital Performer file I made since he too uses DP, he then sent the midi data from the file to his orchestrator Elizabeth Finch who created all the sheet music for the musicians to play the very next day. They rehearsed it one time and then played it. In the video, you can see and hear Dabney Coleman speak ... I sat here in my little part of the world weeping as I watched it and heard him say...."Jason, I think this is probably the sweetest gesture that I've ever been the beneficiary of .. IN MY LIFE!... I appreciate the music,... I appreciate the musicians, and I appreciate this sentiment, thank you so much!
At this point in my career folks, even though I did not write the music, I was responsible for the music going into Mr. Coleman's heart and mind and when he choked up at the end it told me just how much it meant to him.
Here's the kicker folks,...
If it were not for Gary Garritan and GPO, I would not have made the "midi mockup" of Dave Grusin's beautiful movie music.
So, enjoy, and realize the power that you have to move people's hearts and minds with your computer and GPO.
Jason's followup email ...
Here is the video of me conducting "On Golden Pond" with a 40 piece orchestra for Dabney Coleman. I took your great arrangement and had my orchestrator, Elizabeth Finch orchestrate it. We turned it around overnight and rehearsed it once before performing it. Dabney was incredibly moved as you will hear when he gives his speech at the end. It was an incredible gift that he will never forget.
This would not have been possible without your arrangement. I'm so glad I stumbled on your website and found you. Even more, I am really thankful that you agreed to let me use it and got the files to me so quickly! I am so grateful.
You were a very important part of this. Thank you so much, Dan!
I hope you are well,