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The Beauty of a Live Soundtrack


I’ve found something I really take pleasure in these days. It’s a fading beauty that only can be experienced on rare occasions… and  (I’m sure for one main reason) this beauty always seems to surface towards the end of October here in Portland. No it’s not sucking crimson blood of nubile virgins…
live soundtrack performance is what I’m alluding to, and my pleasure began last year around this time with the Oregon Symphony providing a live performance to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Yesterday was an even odder occurrence. A Mt Tabor church actually showed the 1922 silent vampire film Nosferatu with organist Chris Nordwall providing the enchanting and creepy soundtrack. This organ was like a spaceship! Check out the photo. Nordwall had all his limbs in motion on this 32-pipe organ through the entire film weaving the bass rhythm with his left foot, controlling volume and modulation with his right, and filling in the melody and sound effects with his grabbers. Amazing work. It’s absolutely amazing how music can transmit emotion so effectively if one is open to the experience. Quite a treat. I love these live soundtrack performances. (Not to mention vampire movies in a churches.) Nice work Tabor Heights United Methodist Church.

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