A Tribute to John Williams

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The last day of January was a memorable one for me. My family and I had tickets to see the San Diego Symphony pay tribute to John Williams. I was jumping out of my skin with excitement.

Music is a big part of my life, as I’m sure it is for most people. I tried my hand at some musical instruments before I realized I am severely untalented in that area. I have zero coordination.

The greatest composer of all time, in my opinion, is John Williams. If I’m a big fan of music, I’m an even bigger fan of movies. The reason I still won’t go into the ocean water is because of the theme to Jaws.

John Williams is a musical genius. Each piece sounds different, which is the mark of a truly talented individual. I mean, his career spans five decades! Man, oh man, it’s simply remarkable.

The idea of composing musical scores is an enigma to me, and I would give anything to see the process unfold. How do they do it? I can’t even wrap my mind around the pure excellence of it all.

I have even more appreciation for the art after seeing the way in which Williams chooses to use each instrument, oftentimes in ways you would never think.

Mr. Williams has worked on the most iconic movies…ever. His stamp is on over 100 films, and he certainly has the trophies to prove it. He has been nominated for 49 Academy Awards, second only to Walt Disney.

His music transcends generations. Williams’ work shaped my childhood and solidified my love for film and all of its elements.

For real, you all. Let’s break it down. We’re talking Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter…so many. Oh, and what’s that one? I forget. STAR freakin’ WARS!! I don’t know about you, but when the Star Wars music comes on… I get chills. Heck, I even want to cry.


I cry a lot more ever since I turned 30 haha, but still, it’s powerful.

When they played Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, pure euphoria poured over me. I was transported to the days when I used to wait in line for the books and make the midnight showing of all the movies.

It’s so amazing to see these talented musicians play his music before your very eyes. So mesmerizing, so breathtaking.

It’s a true testament to his talent the way he can draw you in with a note here or a chord there. All of his work is brilliant, and I tip my hat to his career. I’m not wearing a hat, but you get me. There will never be another one like him.

John Williams is an icon and a once in a lifetime talent.


Lisa U
Hey! I'm Lisa U. Beautiful San Diego, California is where I reside. Come join me as I navigate life in the decade of 30. Let's have some fun!
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