John Williams: Somewhere in My Memory


John Williams wrote the score for the 1990 film Home Alone, which came after a number of successful film soundtracks from the previous decade. The score was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Original Score, with the theme song, Somewhere in My Memory, also being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The song, calling for SATB choir, is one of Williams’ most famous works for chamber choir.


The Lyrics

Candles in the window

Shadows painting the ceiling

Gazing at the fire glow

Feeling that gingerbread feeling

Precious moments, special people

Happy faces, I can see

Somewhere in my memory

Christmas joys all around me

Living in my memory

All of the music, all of the magic

All of the family, home here with me


The Music

The opening sounds come from a celeste, which lays the tonal foundation of the song. As the choir enter, the fluctuating melody line hooks the listener in and the sweet festive tune comes to light. The music is light and playful, and most importantly, Christmassy! Williams is a master at arrangement, so the orchestral accompaniment is warm and supportive, with the voices leading the way. The theme is only short, but it sets the film up for success from the first note.


Ⓒ Alex Burns

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