MY WEEK – MY MUSIC – Catching Up On Award Season


AWOPBAMBOOM, Volume 101 – Music News and Notes for Fellow Travelers


Hello and welcome, good people, listeners, and readers of AWOPBAMBOOM!

What’s on track for today is a run-through of award show season so far (as it pertains to music).

Sit down, buckle up, and plug in your headphones and enjoy the ride!



It’s Award Show Season, everybody! We’ll run through the Golden Globe winners for Best Original Score and Best Original Song: Joker and Rocketman, respectively.

1. Congrats to Hildur Guðnadóttir

Originally, Joker director Todd Philips asked Hildur Guðnadóttir to write a few songs based on her feelings about the title character.

Guðnadóttir read the screenplay, empathized with the Arthur Fleck character through her orchestral exploration of him, and eventually composed more than a few songs, which reflected a mentally ill man’s metamorphosis into madness.

Guðnadóttir’s recurring resonant cello altered one of the pivotal scenes of the movie.

When Arthur Fleck runs into the bathroom after murdering the three men on the subway, he was originally supposed to hide the gun there.

Instead, director Todd Philips played Guðnadóttir’s music during the filming of that scene and actor Joaquin Phoenix contributed his macabre ballet to the serrated isolation of the cello. Both the ballet and cello become symbolic throughout the film of Arthur Fleck’s metamorphosis into the Joker.

In my opinion, what differentiated the musical score from the other nominees was its participation with the film. Normally, the score is played over the film; in Joker, Arthur Fleck dances to it as if he hears the music himself in those pivotal moments for his character.

For more information about Guðnadóttir and Joker, check out NPR’s in-depth detailing of Guðnadóttir’s composition process, as well as, CBS’ 60 Minutes Interview with Joaquin Phoenix.


2. The Golden Globes Arrive at Rocketman 

Rocketman’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” was composed by both Elton John and Bernie Taupin and performed by Elton John and the actor who played him, Taron Egerton.

The song is a declaration of and a reflection on Elton’s career and, with playful metaphoric riffs and one-liners depicts Elton John’s story of success.

Both men perform as two different Elton’s, one at the end of his journey and the other just beginning. Elton John is robust and full of nostalgia while Taron Egerton is youthful, spirited, and lucid. The two alternate verses and then unite for the chorus: an anthem for and of success. The supporting instruments lift and raise up the two singers, offering upbeat percussion, a cheerleading horns section, and a short spunky solo-lick on the higher end of the piano.

Both leading actors of both films also won Golden Globes for best actor: Joaquin Phoenix for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, and Taron Egerton for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy.


3. Oscar Awaits!

The nominees for the Oscars were released this past Monday; here are the music category nominees:

For Best Original Score…

Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

For Best Original Song…

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” – Toy Story 4

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman

I’m Standing With You” – Breakthrough

Into the Unknown” – Frozen II

Stand Up” – Harriet

The Oscars will air February 9 on ABC.


In other award show news, the performers for the 2020 Grammys have been announced.

Aerosmith, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani are set to perform at the 62nd Annual Grammys with Alicia Keys hosting.

You can also find the complete list of all nominees for each of the 84 categories here on the official website.



Guy James is the pen name of Guy DeMarco, a young writer on the rise. He can be reached with music ideas and story suggestions at



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