Lindsay Grossman
Updated Jun 24, 2015 @ 1:11 pm
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Last night, we got some devastating news. James Horner, the composer behind such classics as Titanic, Field of Dreams, and Braveheart passed away in a plane crash. He was only 61 years old.

I fell in love with James Horner’s music early on. The memories that stick out are my first viewings of Titanic and Field of Dreams. I think I was about ten when I first saw Field of Dreams, maybe younger, but I remember even then thinking about the music. Horner did not just create a simple soundtracks for the films he was involved with. His music became an added character, an essential character.

Similarly, when I saw Titanic for the first time, I was awestruck. I even bought the score soundtrack because I loved it so much. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized that he was behind many of my favorite film scores. In middle school, my history teacher showed the class the film Glory. After class was over, I went to my teacher and asked, “Do you know who did the score? It sounds so familiar.” Of course, my teacher didn’t know. However, I did the research, discovered James Horner and never looked back.

We have lost an amazingly talented composer and it’s sad to think of the movie scores we’ll miss out on because of his untimely death. But what gave us in his life will live on.

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