In my estimation, we spend a lot of time listening to and discussing the works of major Hollywood composers or discuss memorable music from feature films. Many of us score films with music designed to help filmmakers (and possible ourselves :) ) get recognition at film festivals. Then there are those of us who write music for TV or Internet series and even those of us who write music for theatrical musicals or music for music videos.
But today I want to recognize and take my hats off to those who write music for things that clearly need 'wall to wall' music (the whole thing scored) but for which most of the viewing audience really does not pay attention to the music. The music needs to be there and must be at the same quality and scoring level (imho) as a cinematic score, but no one really listens to it specifically - its there just for the 'mood'.
I am referring to those who score the films (often documentaries) that we see at museums and exhibits especially the local ones at the welcome centers on highways, local historical societies, and places like caves, mountains, parks, etc. Yes we want to learn about fish migration, soil erosion, historical events, for example, but we really don't appreciate the effort taken by the composer to write music to support those things!
And today, I was reminded of another self-less group of composers we don't say enough thank you's to - the ones who write music for children's programming. I watched three of my grandchildren today staring for hours at programs (live and on demand) coming from Disney Jr. Hours of music that no one is really listens to. If you are composer in that segment, I honor your selfless contributions.
And now tonight I am off to watch a new film, "Mary Poppins" and will pay particular attention to the score created by one of my favorite Hollywood (and Broadway) composers, Marc Shaiman.