By: Jon Brion
those who “know” Jon
Brion, an eccentric (when the word is so overly used, so no
let’s say interesting), musical lad, who works mainly with
others to shape up their musical thoughts – and entertains
a few lucky people monthly at a local Los Angeles bar-cum-Mecca,
hear he's released some music we get happier. Then when a string
of his music is grouped together under the title of score, an
excitement fills our air that can be tangible. See he does not
"work" much by money-seeking standards. It’s as
if he holds on to the notes, secreted away in some church-turned-studio;
wiling away at various instruments until the wee hours…
me…lost for a moment.
Mr. Brion (who looks as though John
Cusack and Paul McCartney were involved in a strange DNA cloning
experiment, and some swabs of famous composers got mixed in to
create his unique talents) has finally emerged from his tower
and created some whimsical tinklings for ParaNorman; a stop-action
film due out probably as I type.
score is 100% Brion. Which here the definition means a bevy of
instruments in an organized confusion and, as with most of his
works, at once sad and gleeful – I think he’s got
that specialized enigma trademarked.
humor abounds; Track One, Zombies Attack in the Eighties starts
your flight. Its Flock of Seagulls, Weird Science and Cars odes
blare – yet completely original. The Brion conundrum.
Norman at the Piano, is so Brion you may have to run and see the
film; it switches from loner-at-the-piano into a manical crescendo
before abruptly ending, leaving you to wonder what in the H is
going on here?
music continues in this fun carefree designed way and the titles
are adorable. I liked them all; and their orchestrations. The
end track, Oh, And One More Thing, is wonderful as a cherry-on-top,
and just made me giggle that this modern-day maestro has not lost
one bit of his quirkiness – and he’s getting some
big box movies ala Elfman
- and just as original in his sound.
are 16 tracks in all, and soundtrack collectors as well as Brion
fans will not be disappointed. Now, if he’d just make another
solo album (<- loudly typed hint).
Brion Interview (older)