Somewhere In My Memory is the official soundtrack of the 1990 box office hit American Christmas comedy film Home Alone. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as the protagonist Kevin McCallister who was accidentally left behind by his family as they were about to fly to Paris for their Christmas vacation. All alone in their huge home in Chicago, Kevin has to fend for himself as he tries to protect their home from burglars trying to take advantage of families leaving their houses for vacations. It was the highest-grossing live action comedy film in the United States as well as worldwide until another movie broke its way and got into the spot in 2011.
With over $400 million as its gross earnings, it is no wonder that the film garnered several awards and nominations including one for the film’s soundtrack. Its nominations include the Academy Award for Best Original Score and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
The soundtrack was composed by John Williams and was released by Sony Classical in cassette on December 4,1990. The film’s director, Chris Columbus, originally wanted Bruce Broughton to score the film’s soundtrack however due to Broughton’s prior commitment with another movie, he had to cancel at the last minute. Several posters of the film even had Broughton’s name written on it as the composer. Columbus then employed the help of Steven Spielberg who helped him contact Williams to produce the final score instead. The song is played throughout the length of the movie, either in full lengths or fragments. It was also used for the sequel of the movie, Home Alone 2 Lost In New York (1992). Somewhere In My Memory proved to be popular all over the world as several schools, professional choirs and orchestras performed it as a piece for Christmas concerts.
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About the Composer of ‘Somewhere In My Memory’
John Williams is an American composer renowned for his works in cinematic history creating film scores for several box office hit movies, including those of the Home Alone series, Jaws, Close Encounters, Indiana Jones series, and the first three Harry Potter films. He has been a constant collaborator with Steven Spielberg and has been the composer of all Spielberg’s films except three of his feature films. His partnership with Spielberg has helped him land the film scoring of the first two Home Alone films.
Under his name, Williams has won 24 Grammy awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. He is also the second most nominated individual following behind Walt Disney. In 2000, Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame. Of the top 20 highest grossing films of all time, Williams was the composer for eight of those movies.
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