David Carbonara is the composer of the critically acclaimed series Mad Men, winner of multiple awards including three Golden Globes and four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and multiply album releases. Recent releases include the album “Back to One” which includes singles: “Blues Orbit”, “Selling Me On…”; and the popular “Bossa Sixteen”. read more
Happy (Not) Valentine’s Day 1962
Mad Men’s Second Season Premier
On Valentine’s Night, Don takes Betty to the Savoy Hotel. While there, they run into Juanita(Jennifer Siebel Newsom) an old roommate of Betty’s from her modeling days, accompanied by an older business executive. Don points out to Betty that Juanita is clearly now working as a call girl.
We all remember Betty’s entrance!
“Song of India” which I recorded for this scene in Season 2 premier had to do two things for it to work. The first was it was to be used as playback for the on camera actors at the hotel. It was decided on a trio, Violin, Harp & piano. The second task was to become gigantic in orchestration to underscore Betty descending the hotel staircase to meet Don for their special Valentine’s date.
Here’s her entrance:
Later that night…
In the Drapers’ hotel room, a more confident Betty shows Don a sexy merry widow she has bought. The boldness throws Don, and when they try to have sex, he is impotent. The evening ends with Betty and Don watching the Jackie Kennedy TV special, A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy. Also watching the special is Joan Holloway and her new doctor-boyfriend, and Salvatore Romano, who is newly married. Pete sits alone watching cartoons, eating the chocolates he purchased for his wife.
The season premier ends with Don reading the Frank O’Hara poem Meditations in an Emergency. “Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to become beautiful again.” The underscore is a call back to season 1, specifically “The Carousel“.
“Back to One” Album is Now Out!
Plug-in, kick-back, and fall back into Autumn with this new release from the composer of “Mad Men”.
It includes the single “Bossa Sixteen” an upbeat Nu Bossa that’s plugged-in with electronics that’s driving the production. The album is built around a traditional a jazz sextet, but with plenty contemporary digital effects running throughout the album. Inspired by my love for great trumpet players, especially of the 60s and 70s such as Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell, and Miles, “Back to One” features trumpeter Kye Palmer along with saxophonist Brian Scanlon.
Check out the whole album on today on your preferred streaming services by clicking the album cover to the right 👉
And let me know what you think of it as whole 😎
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