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Guys [Original Score]
     

The Guys [Original Score]

by Mychael Danna
 
The Guys -- a film based on the true story of a journalist who helps a New York City fire chief overcome the grief of losing firemen in the World Trade Center attacks by co-writing their eulogies -- features an appropriately somber score driven by a spare piano theme and augmented by strings, woodwinds, and Mary Fahl's quietly

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The Guys -- a film based on the true story of a journalist who helps a New York City fire chief overcome the grief of losing firemen in the World Trade Center attacks by co-writing their eulogies -- features an appropriately somber score driven by a spare piano theme and augmented by strings, woodwinds, and Mary Fahl's quietly haunting voice. Since the film arrived so recently after the events of 9/11/2001, it wouldn't be surprising if its music tended toward tear-jerking and overt sentimentality, but fortunately the score opts for restraint even at its most emotional moments, such as the renditions of "The Dawning of the Day" that bookend the album (the first is sung by Mary Fahl, the second is performed by the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums). Indeed, it's tempting to say that the score is too restrained; the piano theme that winds through "My Beautiful, Gleaming...," "Bill," and "Are You OK?" can sound monotonous outside of the film's context. However, the score is intended as an understated counterpoint to the film's heavy emotions, and ultimately it makes the music that much more moving. The sparseness of pieces like "Jimmy," "Barney," and "Where Were You That Morning?" not only provides a dignified backdrop for the film's events, it captures the weary, devastated mood that permeated New York City after the attacks. Admittedly, The Guys

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998727120
catalogNumber:
87271

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Performance Credits

Mychael Danna   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Mary Fahl   Vocals
Ron Korb   Flute
Jeffrey Lesser   Percussion
Rob Mathes   Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Mark Skazinetsky   Concert Master
Kirk Worthington   Cello
Paul Intson   Upright Bass
James McCollum   Guitar
Clare Scholtz   Oboe
Andrew Lockington   Conductor
Eve Egoyan   Piano

Technical Credits

Mychael Danna   Arranger,Producer,Score
Mary Fahl   Lyricist
Jeffrey Lesser   Producer,Vocal Producer
Brad Haehnel   Engineer
Rob Holland   Artwork
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
Ron Searles   Engineer
Andrew Lockington   String Arrangements
Paul Cremo   Executive Producer
Robin Holland   Artwork

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