Max Steiner: Theme from “A Summer Place” (1960)

May 15, 2007

I was incredulous when I learned that Max Steiner wrote the theme from ” A Summer Place.” He was in his 70s when he wrote it. The chord progression [I vi ii V] was the same one used in the majority of 1950s and early 60s rock songs so he had a built in audience. I remember listening to this song as my brother (Andy) and I fell asleep every night. (Some radio station in Oklahoma always played that song at our bedtime.) I know, I know: this is the kind of music that gave birth to Muzak. No matter, it has a special place, a summer place, in many of our memories. (Here, Percy Faith conducts a live performance.)

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Brad Wood May 15, 2007 at 9:59 am

All I had to do was read the blurb and now I’m going to have those triplets going in the background for at least the rest of the day!

Steiner—that’s a shock! But then I didn’t expect my friend Tupper Turner, retired head of classical A&R at Capitol/Angel, to have been the composer of Bounce Your Boobies either.

PK May 15, 2007 at 7:38 pm

The first stand have a bit of a bowing disagreement on the return from the bridge, eh? Considering how much a part the guitar plays they might have shown them once. This number is the sound of summer to me. Cruising in a convertible, up Revere Beach.

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