When "The CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" makes it's debut next month, it will not be with the usual opening musical cue. The current, 15-year old theme will be replaced with a new, as of yet unreleased theme by Oscar-winning film composer, James Horner (Titanic, Braveheart, Apollo 13, Aliens, Legends of the Fall, Glory).
Horner is primarily responsible for getting me into film scores. As a kid, I listened to the cassette tape of The Wrath of Khan so much I nearly destroyed it. Now, I own hundreds of film scores with somewhere around 60 being works by Horner. I also own an XM-Radio set that never leaves channel 27, Cinemagic--movie scores 24 hours a day.
I confess that I am in the middle of an "I-am-sick-and-tired-of-Horner" phase and have been for some time. While a magnificent artist, the past few years (some would argue his entire career), Horner has relied on nothing but self-rip-offs and regurgitated themes from his past works. I miss the days when I could gush over him without restraint.
Here's hoping he can't screw up a 30-second clip.