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I also love most of B&B's music too. I know some here think it's cheesy, but one person's Velveeta is another's gouda.

I also love B&B's music.

I'm hoping, since we live in an age of digital downloads and iTunes, some of these composers will sell their pieces there. It would be convenient and alot easier, especially since one wouldn't have to go to a publisher directly to get a CD printed and sell the music.

I hope so too.

I was disappointed too when I bought the DAYS cd. I really hate most of Ken Corday and Brent Nelson's music.

Is there anything you like from them? I loved pretty much all of their music in 1996-1998 (but most of my favorites weren't on the 1998 soundtrack CD) and the music in 1999-2002 was also very good IMO. The music started to go downhill in 2003. The music was without a doubt the worst 2004-2006. 2007-present time is a little better. I have noticed some newly composed music just this past month that have played in several scenes with EJ and Philip.

I think DAYS only has one good cue right now - it's the Santo/Colleen theme (I like all the versions: flute, piano, guitar). But of course Corday and Brent Nelson are just horrible composers. LOL

I can't stand that one. But I think there are still several good cues. Like I said, some new ones that played in scenes with EJ and Philip. I think Corday and Nelson are best when it comes to cues for villains and action-scenes. Marty was better at sad and romantic music.

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Loved Tina's 80s theme, RangeThatRover. thank you for posting that!

OLTL and Days both had great background music in the mid/late 80s, esp for the dramatic/perilous scenes... there was one frantic synth melody that used to play with Maria Roberts a lot that I loved. Plays from 0:28 to 1:31 in this clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqhGaBjh_TY...feature=related

GH had great bg music through a lot of the 80s and 90s; my all-time favorites were Heather Weber's theme when Robin Mattson took over the role in the very early 80s (haunting and kind of off-kilter and eerie all at the same time, but I can't find it on youtube anywhere; it played throughout Heather's faking catatonia & her stalking of Diana Taylor); and that haunting, kind of urgent piano music they played when Tracey withheld Edward's meds... starts around 2:52 in the video below, lasts through 4:04

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRw_Tgx0rms

I know exactly the music you are talking about Evermore- they also used it for Ursulla Blackwell. It was used all during the "Tina at the lighthouse" storyline. I have 10 episodes of that on tape! They also used it in the exploding wedding cake episodes. I love that theme.

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GH had excellent background music too. They used Score Productions as well in the 80's. I loved the music they used during the Wes Kenney era in the late 80's. GH used to use soundtracks from films too. They used a few scores from "Flowers In The Attack" during alot of Olivia Jerome's storyline.

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This isn't really "soap opera background music," but I couldn't resist...

This is an excerpt of the late Joe Harnell playing the theme from Santa Barbara on his piano from the album "Joe Harnell Plays Piano Solo." Even though he stumbles on the piano keys a bit when he plays this, this is absolutely [[email protected]#$%^&*] beautiful. I love hearing him play his own composition on the piano.

http://joeharnell.com/audio/santa_barbara.mp3

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That music from the scene where Nina Shot David Kimball is just AWESOME. It speaks to the expertise of Alloco and Davidson, because the first portion of the scene was composed by them, while the second portion (after 2:40) was composed by McGinnis, Winn, and Todd as part of the orginal 1973 score. And notice how SEAMLESSLY they fit together, and how suspenseful they are. The only thing that's bothered me lately, is that when they DO use a McGinnis/Winn/Todd composition within the body of the show, they never credit them, and havne't for years. The end credits only credit Alloco and Davidson. Just last week, during Katherine's "I'm leaving Genoa City" scene... they pulled out version 2 of "Sally's Theme" once again... and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it when they do!! I'd just wish they'd add McGinnis/Winn/Todd to the credits when they do. I'd also love it if they used a few OTHER pieces from the 70's every once in a while, like a treat... once or twice a week or so. I'm SO glad they've dispensed with those STUPID hip-hoppy sounding pieces, everyone HATED them... I guess they finally listened and brought back the GOOD stuff. In this day of reducing budgets, they don't need to be spending ANY money on new music... they've got PLENTY of library to draw from, some of which hasn't been heard in over a decade.

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This isn't really "soap opera background music," but I couldn't resist...

This is an excerpt of the late Joe Harnell playing the theme from Santa Barbara on his piano from the album "Joe Harnell Plays Piano Solo." Even though he stumbles on the piano keys a bit when he plays this, this is absolutely [[email protected]#$%^&*] beautiful. I love hearing him play his own composition on the piano.

http://joeharnell.com/audio/santa_barbara.mp3

Awwww, that lovely theme song...

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I'm a casual Y&R viewer, but I absolutely love this new cue they play during Nick/Sharon's scenes(It's on Monday's airshow). It's not a variation of the Paris Theme, although it might be and I might be missing it. I got an advanced peek into Monday's show, and there's this really good sad/suspense building cue they use with them. It sounds like a less trashy Melrose Place/Dominic Messinger kind of cue. Which means you all will probably hate it. LOL.

I'm surprised they're using it. To me, it doesn't sound very "Y&R."

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I love B&B's music right at the beginning and right before the end of this clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vph0Xm2t7n8

I'm going to try to find that oboe music I like...

Great choices. I've always enjoyed B&B's music. I'm glad they have decided to find a balance between this new flashy stuff and the cues we love so much.

There's one piece they always play during "romantic moments." That's another piano cue, but it's really really great. I need to find it somewhere.

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I love this piece of music GL used in 1993 during the story that dealt with Maureen's death and its aftermath, as I mentioned in the GL tribute thread. I call it "Maureen's theme", it's so tragically beautiful, a bit depressing, but also a bit hopeful.

The beginning starts about 3:26 in and lasts until the end of the clip. It really peaks at about 3:44 in, which is the most noticeable part, I believe.

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