Winner: “Best Single News Story” from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for 2011!

Completed in about 11 hours from start to final mix, it tells the story of six year old Liam Jaussi. A cancer survivor who is now fundraising for the hospital that saved his life.

I knew this kid was special when he started humming the “Ark Theme” from “Raders.” (He then went into the “Star Wars Main Title.”) As a film score enthusiast, I had to make this story extra special. Luckily for me, the photographer, Pete had shot about 55 minutes of b-roll and Marilyn, the producer and writer, had written an almost four minute script. Lots of Chris Bacon (and a little James Horner) editing background music later, I knew I wanted some piano music to score this story. My good friend and fellow film score pal Alex Bornstein stepped in and delivered a very simple and tender theme for Liam that makes the piece that much more complete.

It’s stories like this that make me smile.