I have a story to tell as I pay tribute to the man, Ennio Morricone.
Back in the early 2000s, I saw "Once Upon A Time In The West" for the first time. I had not seen anything like it. It's not at all like the Dollars trilogy. It was haunting, none of the characters were particularly likable, and the music veered from glorious to bad-ass to flat-out weird. I was instantly hooked and got the bare bones soundtrack CD available at the time.
I consider "Once Upon A Time In The West" to be the best movie of all-time ... and the music is a big reason why.
Less than a year after we moved to my current residence, my wife lost two kids and had to have two D&C surgeries in the span of five months. It was a terrible time. I was on the road doing my sportswriting job and was pretty torn up emotionally myself and keeping it to myself, which is my wont, for better or worse.
I put on the "West" soundtrack and played the theme of the movie, also repeated as "Jill's Theme" and then with an extended version at the end of the movie, the centerpiece of the film, one that used leitmotifs for each of the main characters. It is one of Morricone's most famous pieces.
Given where I was emotionally at the time, it's so evocative, that it made me instantly well up. It cut right to my core, but it's also so beautiful that it was uplifting at the same time it evoked sorrow.
I've never had any music have that effect on me. It was like it came straight from heaven.
For many years, I couldn't listen to the song, because I'd have the same reaction each time I heard it. A reaction I'm having now as I tear up listening to this remarkable music.
Thank you, Morricone. Your music affected me in a way no other art ever has. You are the greatest musician of my time and I am so blessed your music enriched my life.
"The supporters, the only thing to them is that they love their club.
The only thing the receive in exchange is emotions.
For this reason, the supporter is the best thing in football." - Marcelo Bielsa