The other day, as I hurtled through the air in a big metal tube,
I thumbed through an in-flight magazine. An article on JOHN BON JOVI caught
He said he'd noticed that the most successful people in the music
and film industry were on the whole, the most decent types.
I wondered, was it, "the nicer they are, the bigger they
get" or "the bigger they are, the nicer they get."
Did they become successful because they were decent types or was
it that they could afford to be decent types once they became
successful. Any way I saw some merit in the Bon Jovi theory to
The most successful guy I ever worked with was MAURICE JARRE and
you'd certainly be hard pressed finding a more decent human being,
certainly given the intensity of the studio environment. When
he got me to blow didjereedoo-like into some PVC tubes for the
movie "Beyond Thunderdome", he had already picked up
his third Academy Award, this time for his score to 'A Passage
to India'. His first was for "Laurence of Arabia" so
he wasn't exactly a new kid on the block.
He was so humble that at first I thought he must have been Monsieur
Jarre's manservant. He warmly welcomed me into the studio, taking
me by the arm and leading me to a nice comfortable chair. He apologized
in French and English for keeping me waiting for five minutes
while they finished off a previous piece of work.
When I said, "Nah youse are right Mr. Jarre!" he asked
me to call him Maurice.
He would have realized very early on that my considerable lack
of finesse (talent) would at the very least require a lateral
approach and at worst, someone else to do the job, but he gently
spurred me on. The engineer Spencer Lee had an idea and Maurice
gave him the go ahead, listening patiently while my sounds were
sampled, possibly looped and probably flanged, phased and fed
back on themselves.
We all thought it certainly sounded interesting. Maurice thanked
me profusely and made me feel worthwhile. He said that I was more
than welcome to stick around while they worked on some other parts
and would I like a cup of tea. I couldn't believe it.
I wonder if he's ever met John Bon Jovi.
Perhaps it was after meeting Maurice Jarre that John 'the good'
Jovi first postulated his theory.