Guardian of the Gate Theme Debut
As most of you know, my seventeen-year-old son, Kenneth, is an aspiring film score composer. At the beginning of 2009, Kenneth approached me with the idea of creating a film score for my book, Prophecy of the Sisters. Of course, my first response was, “But it’s a BOOK!”
To which he said, “Yeah, right. I get that. But I think it’d be cool to try and create a score for it like it’s a movie.”
And then the light bulb went on, and I realized once again that my son is brilliant. Not that, yanno, I’m biased or anything.
Anyway, what followed was an amazing, one-of-a-kind collaboration between my son and I. We spent months discussing the book, sitting in the “recording studio” that is our basement, listening to different pieces Kenneth created for different scenes and tweaking them so that they were just right for the book. The result was an 11-song film score that is positively perfect for Prophecy of the Sisters despite the lousy recording equipment we had at the time. It’s been truly awe-inspiring both to see my son’s creative talent flourish and to hear my story represented by the powerful medium that is music.
Because the Prophecy score was such a huge success, there was really no question that Kenneth would create one for the second book in the series, Guardian of the Gate. Now, with much better equipment and a lot more experience under his belt, Kenneth wanted to try something more ambitious. In doing so, he has created a truly complex, phenomenal, full-length theme for Guardian of the Gate that includes piano, strings, drums, cymbals and a host of other instruments. It really is something you would hear in a movie version of Guardian of the Gate, and even though it’s a bit longer than the Prophecy theme (as most film pieces would be), trust me; it’s worth the listen.
So while it’s too soon for most of the world to have their hands on the advance copies of Guardian of the Gate, this is your chance to get a sneak peek! If you listen to the entire theme, you’ll get an honest feel for the tone and content of Book Two in the Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy. And I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
P.S. Because Little Brown will be running an “It’s Time to Choose a Side” trailer contest, the theme is currently set to a static image of the cover for the German edition of Prophecy of the Sisters. Isn’t it gorgeous?!
And if you guys want to hear some amazing film score compositions, check out anything by Hans Zimmer. Kenneth absolutely idolizes him, and if you listen to scores like that of The Dark Night, you’ll know why…