British composer John Barry died on January 30. His name may be unfamiliar to you, but you’d recognize his music. He won five Oscars for the scores to Born Free, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, among others. From the theme song to the early 70s TV show The Persuaders to much of the movie music for James Bond, John Barry wrote the soundtrack for the music we all hum along to. While Paganini was certainly responsible for much of the Somewhere in Time soundtrack’s inspiration, it was John Barry who knitted the various strands together with his characteristic lush strings, which netted him a Golden Globe nomination.
Today’s expression, connaître la musique, (conateruh la mewseek) literally means “to know the music,” but figuratively means something like “you know the drill” or “you know how it goes.” We certainly know how hundreds of John Barry’s songs go.