MY PLAYLIST – MAURICE JARRE

I flew straight to Los Angeles, California after I got out the Navy, Redondo Beach actually.  When I got there, I was staying with my brother and two other guys from my hometown.  It was a day I’ll never forget because less than 2 hours after my friend, Django picked me up from LAX, we went to visit a girl I’d known since middle school who put 2 hits of blotter acid on my tongue and we partied like it was a few days after the L.A. Riots of 1992 because it was a few days after the L.A. Riots of 1992.  We lived just a block and a half away from Torrance Beach by Miramar Park on Palos Verdes Boulevard and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever had.  My musical tastes were already beginning to change after my brother had turned me on to a few different things.  We had a great stereo with speakers mounted closer to the ceiling.  We trekked the beach for hours, smoking weed and talking.  I was tripping bean, and the sun had already been down a few hours by this time.  I had just peaked in my acid trip and was starting to mellow out after my brother gave me a long talk how L.A. was a city where anyone could be anything they wanted to be, anyone they wanted to be if they just made the commitment.  We’re walking along the shore and the waves that came crashing down were mesmerizing until this little baby seal walked right up to me and started barking at me.  At first I thought I was just tripping, and my brother (whom was totally sober) let me know, “nope, that’s a fucking seal.  Wow.”  We got back home, and listened to Philip Glass, Music for the Screens, which I will post later.  Then as he was winding down, my brother put a CD by Maurice Jarre into the stereo that blew my mind like no other.  It really knocked me for a loop.  For those of you who don’t know, Maurice Jarre is a composer who has done music for films for a long time, and is best known for the soundtracks to the classic films such as Doctor Zhivago, starring Omar Sharif, and Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole, as well as contemporary classics such as Witness, starring Harrison Ford,   Maurice Jarre’s original motion picture soundtrack to director Adrian Lyne’s (Fatal Attraction) 1990 film, Jacob’s Ladder, starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, and Danny Aielio.   Quite frankly, Jacob’s Ladder was better than every other film that Adrian Lyne’s best film.  But I’ll let you decide for yourself.  I was coming down from a heavy trip, listen to this then tell me if there was a part that would’ve woken you up from a come-down slumber after a heavy acid trip?

Jacob’s Ladder is one of my all time favorite films, a true masterpiece of dramatic horror mystery.  I was more than a little disappointed that the 21st Century remake monster of our current Hollywood community wasted their time remaking rather than taking a risk on buying a new intellectual property.  But you can purchase Jacob’s Ladder on DVD at Amazon.  It’s also currently available streaming on Amazon Prime if you happen to have Amazon Prime.  But this post was so I could share the Jacob’s Ladder original motion picture soundtrack with you, which you can also find on Amazon as well.

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