*Read John Williams’ biography here
Released in 1990, Home Alone has become a classic Christmas comedy film. The movie was directed by Cris Columbus and stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, an 8 year old who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for an overseas holiday at Christmas. Kevin loves being home alone but soon has to defend his house against two burglars (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern).
At first, Cris Columbus wanted Bruce Broughton score the films (early posters for the movie list him as the composer), but he had to pull out due to other commitments. Columbus got in tough with Steven Spielberg who put him in touch with John Williams.
The score was nominated for two Academy Awards but wasn’t successful (Best Original Score went to Dances with Wolves) and Best Original Song for the theme song “Somewhere in my Memory” (which went to Dick Tracy). It also lost in the Grammy’s (for Best Song Written for Visual Media) to Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
The theme song, “Somewhere in my Memory” was written to “run alongside” the movie – you can hear fragments of the theme throughout the movie.
This is a movie I really enjoy watching still today. I think the theme song is lovely – it covers all the elements to represent the movie: it sounds Christmassy (the opening phrase gives images of snow falling), there are sad passages and bright, happy passages as well as moments where the music swells with emotion or suspense.
Do you recognise this music when you hear it?