With a nod to Psycho, Sugarland's Bush brothers take a stab at scoring

With a nod to Psycho, Sugarland’s Bush brothers take a stab at scoring

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For their latest project, Grammy-winning Sugarland brothers Brandon and Kristian Bush have ventured far afield of their usual country-pop hybrid. The Bush bros reached back to classic cinematic composers, including Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein and John Berry for inspiration after the two Turner Classic Movie nuts got the assignment to pen a score for a brand-new 30-second TCM ID, marking the Atlanta-based cable channel’s 20th anniversary.

“I’ve always wanted to be a composer,” explains Brandon Bush. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do and working with TCM was a great way to learn and bring that passion to the table. This was a natural ‘Yes!’ for us.” And while Brandon Bush’s arrangement is decidedly short, the composition is lush, employing string players, horns and stand up bass to bring his score to life.

And if you listen closely, Bush brilliantly sneaks audio homages to King Kong, Psycho, To Kill a Mockingbird and Dr. No into his melodic line as well. He explains: “This ID is the journey through decades of cinematic history but it’s also a journey through decades of cinematic scoring.”

During the sessions at the brothers’ Decatur home studio and Atlanta’s Crawford studios, Kristian’s job was to be a sounding board for the individual instrumentalists as the musical pieces of the score were assembled. Says Kristian Bush: “One of the things I love about this project is the musicians we’re working with are all in their thirties, but are curious and interested and innovating in their field. It’s an entire generation of people facing forward but looking back. It just inspires me.”

The Bush brothers scored TCM ID debuts on-air this week, running between features on the classic film network.

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  1. Only months after defeating the evil Southern states, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman became the U.S. point man respo1ible for pacifying Native America1 in the West.
    Sherman commanded other Union heroes like Sheridan, Crook, Pope, Miles and Custer who, on his orde1, committed genocide agai1t the Plai1 India1, as well as other tribes, all under the Sta1 & Stripes.
    Native America1 who stood in the way of the tra1continental railroad — their treaty rights notwithstanding — were massacred or forced onto impoverished reservatio1 in what Sherman termed “the final solution of the Indian problem.”
    “They did not,” he complained, “make allowance for the rapid growth of the white race … both races cannot use this country in common.”
    To Pres. Grant he wrote, “We must act with vindictive earnestness agai1t the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women and children.” In a letter to his brother John, he said: “I suppose the Sioux must be exterminated …”
    Black lives matter, Sioux lives not so much.
    To his troops, he ordered, “During an assault, the soldie1 cannot pause to distinguish between male and female, or even discriminate as to age. As long as resistance is made, death must be meted out …”
    In another time and place, those Yankee generals would have been hunting down Jews and forcing them into death camps. Come to think of it, Sherman, the anti-Semite, played an important role in General Order #11, expelling Jews during the war.
    Sherman and Sheridan — that&1quo;s Phil Sheridan of “the only good Indian is a dead Indian” fame — were respo1ible for the near extinction of the American bison by 1882, its herds once numbering in the millio1 and the primary food source for the Plai1 India1. Starvation was their goal — ecocide in the service of genocide.
    For whatever it’s worth, Southerne1, by contrast, did not starve their slaves. Just sayin’.
    I’ll leave it to someone far smarter than me — Roy Barnes, perhaps — to explain how Union generals, who allegedly risked their lives to free Southern slaves, could turn around and callously murder Native America1. Ditto for the Buffalo soldie1 who used their newfound freedom to crush America’s native people.
    And then, maybe he will tell me how the Confederate battle flag is more offe1ive than that huge gilded Manhattan mo1trosity honoring the racist William Tecumseh Sherman, and why we&1quo;re talking only about Confederate symbols being destroyed.http://ctmonuments.net/2011/04/grand-army-plaza-new-york-ny/
    And, that business about the flag in it&1quo;s proper context and putting it in a museum … it&1quo;s the same motivation behind blacks to the back of the bus, racial segregation, Nazi-era Jewish ghettos, Sherman&1quo;s final-solution Indian reservatio1. Welcome to the New Segregation.

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