I was interning at Paramount Pictures in the summer of 2004, when I learned about the passing of film composer Jerry Goldsmith. His compositions, along with John Williams and Danny Elfman, ruled my ears in the 1980s and 90s.
After school – before hijacking the family television – I would borrow the stereo and blast tracks like The Klingon Battle (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture), The Gremlin Rag (from Gremlins), and Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (from Twilight Zone – The Movie) . . . His music always managed to transport me to places beyond the movies they belong to.
Goldsmith’s genius goes back over 60 years, with classics like The Omen and Alien along the way. In the 1990s, he delivered his exciting score for Total Recall; as well as Star Trek: First Contact.
On what would have been his 88th birthday, I honor Mr. Goldsmith’s memory with the following medley of some of my personal favorite tracks: