A series of essays wherein I explore the numerous musical identities of my favorite musician: from child prodigy to teen idol to guitar hero to singer/songwriter to award-winning in-demand film composer.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What's mine is yours

Yesterday Trevor commented on NBC's use of "Titans' Spirit" for the Olympics, as he had done during the previous broadcast of the games back in 2014...

...and judging from many of the fan comments I've read, there is a fundamental misapprehension occurring.  I can certainly understand the mindset of the comments, as provenance and royalties are hot-button topics these days in prevailing discussion of IP administration.  Did Trevor get paid for the use of "Titans' Spirit" in the Olympic broadcast?  No.  That's because he was already paid to write the score for Remember The Titans.  It's not benevolence or exploitation, it is business as usual.

Trevor does not retain the rights to his scoring, but it has nothing to do with mismanagement.  That is simply how it is for anything produced for a motion picture.  Although characters and/or brand names and existing songs can be licensed from outside entities, everything specifically created for a particular film remains the intellectual property of the production company and/or the studio, unless the applicable contract specifies otherwise.  A director may retain final cut for his/her movie, but he/she does not own the movie after it is released.  All elements - including the score - lay in the hands of the concern which commissioned them at the outset.  Trevor is paid for his work - very well, actually - but that is the end of it.  Of course, those of you who read my entry regarding a plea for a future score compilation are aware of this, or perhaps you were already in possession of that knowledge.  Trevor has mentioned this fact in at least one prior interview.  So you may wish to kindly correct the fallacy when you encounter it in online discourse.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Olympic Spirit

Sometimes the measure of a creative work can reside within its' cultural half-life; thus even if Trevor's stirring score for Remember The Titans never quite received the accolades it deserved (such as an Oscar nomination), it has endured as an expression of inspirational triumph in various contexts.  One of the longest-running and beloved uses is for NBC's famous montage of the victors and competitors shown during their coverage of the closing ceremonies of the Olympics.  And for 2016, Team USA made a stellar showing in this particular tradition as their achievements were set to the theme "Titans' Spirit" - in my estimation it's wonderful that Trevor's music has become a well-loved and integral part of the fabric of American life.  And as an American, he can be very proud indeed.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Media Watch: new Pollstar interview

An ongoing series wherein I comment on Trevor's recent publicity.

Industry publication Pollstar posted a new article yesterday combining interviews with Trevor and promoter Larry Magid.

Interestingly Trevor does note that the original plan was for ARW to release new music, which was then superseded by the decision to tour.
It actually started purely just to do new music. We started working on that. Then the touring aspect came up. That seems to have taken over and we’ll end up releasing new music. It started one way and ended up the other.
He also states, when asked about the future potential of the ensemble, that their intention is "to keep going," which fits in with Rick's comment regarding the (three or) five-year plan.

When asked about the staging, Magid named British lighting designer Jonathan Smeeton as designing the production, and a recent post on Smeeton's official website confirms his involvement:
Next Starting in Orlando Florida and finishing in Seattle, Washington a nice little outing with ARW. Which is Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. This will be my fourth outing with these players from YES.  Ten weeks in all, right through the autumn. Next year in Britain, Europe and beyond.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


There is another recent interview with Trevor available on the Team Rock website, but you have to subscribe in order to read the full text - or pick up the latest edition of Classic Rock (issue 227), one assumes.

A few days ago fans noticed that Gary Cambra is no longer listed as a member of the backing band on the official website, and subsequent mentions appear to indicate he is off the project.  For example, in his latest GORR update Rick notes:
One thing that became abundantly clear was that Lee Pomeroy and Lou Molino III are much more than added “sidemen”. Their contributions to all that went on were immense and ARW is truly a 5 piece band of tremendous future potential.
Last week there were also some photos in circulation on Facebook of singer-songwriter Brenda Russell and members of her band posing with Trevor and Rick, which led to speculation that Brenda might be joining ARW, but as I've noted in fandom discussion I believe the meeting occurred simply because both outfits were working at the same Los Angeles-area rehearsal facility (Russell and her band performed at the River Raisin Jazz Fesitval on Sunday).  Rick's latest GORR also states:
What was very pleasing was the number of musicians who popped into rehearsals to say hello and said how fantastic it sounded - and I was only using one keyboard as my rig is in the process of being put together here in England.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Media Watch: article on Music Aficionado website

An ongoing series wherein I comment on Trevor's recent publicity.

Last Thursday the Music Aficionado website posted an interview with Trevor regarding the origins and evolution of "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and although this song has been - in my humble opinion - discussed to death, there are a few elements of the article which are unique even as the primary narrative has been known to long-time fans for what seems like forever.

One of the more interesting details in regards to his famous solo:
The funny thing is, I had used that sound in not quite as rude a way on a Manfred Mann album. It's on an album called 'Out of Africa,' the exact same sound. 
Trevor is actually referring to the song "Runner" from the Manfred Mann's Earth Band album Somewhere in Afrika which was released prior to 90125 in February of 1983.

(Note: in order to access the article you are required to register with the website.)


Friday, August 12, 2016

Casual Friday

Spotted on Instagram: a rare glimpse inside The Jacaranda Room circa what I'd reckon as the Talk era.  It looks as though Trevor and Tony might have a few sets of tennis on tap, despite (perhaps) the desires of engineer Michael Jay...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A fiery endorsement

It's good to know Wakey is as big a fan of Our Trev as the rest of us...