It's Valentine week, so I figured my rendition of the theme from Love Story would be appropriate.
I made this piano arrangement when I was 20 years old and it used to be quite popular when I played it in those long-ago midnight piano bars.
One annoying technical glitch:
I transferred this from an audio cassette to an mp3 file - and it sounds slightly faster than I originally played it. Also, the audio quality is poor.
The 1970 movie Love Story was a huge hit when I was a teen. I remember going to see it with my best friend Mike (years later I was best man at Mike's wedding).
As we entered the theater, people who saw the earlier show were leaving - and many were crying and boo-hooing because the film had such a sad ending.
Ali MacGraw dies at the tender age of 25, leaving her husband Ryan O'Neal an intensely heartbroken widower.
Despite many rave reviews, Love Story had an annoyingly juvenile plot and an abominable script (by Eric Segal).
Judith Crist - one of the few realistic reviewers - called the film "Camille with bullshit".
I was never a fan of Ryan O'Neal. And Ali MacGraw gave such an obnoxious, shrewish, foul-mouthed performance that at the end I was actually rooting for the leukemia to kill her.
In all fairness, when I lived in Hollywood a very reliable source told me that Ali MacGraw was an extremely nice person in real.
Too bad that didn't help her acting career.
The mantra for Love Story is "Love means never having to say you're sorry".
When first heard, this sounds profound.
On closer examination however, I said (to myself, of course) "What exactly the hell does that mean?"
It makes no logical sense.
Anyway, I always liked the music score for Love Story (by Francis Lai) and I'm glad I made this arrangement.