“Easy’s Radio Music” | The Music of Harvey Beaks

June 8, 2015 - The exterminator named Easy from “A Mighty Foo” is clearly one of the most disturbing characters to have ever appeared on Harvey Beaks (I wonder how many noticed this sociopath Anteater grabbing one of Mrs. Beaks’ garments from her closet and sniffing it?). When I first watched this episode, I mentioned to Carl Greenblatt that the scene reminded me of something from Stanley Kubrik’s A Clockwork Orange and I suggested that we score it in a similar manner. 

Kubrik did something really brilliant where he would juxtapose very pleasant music with acts of ultraviolence. Particularly, the home-invasion sequence where Alex terrorizes a family while he sings Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain and the iconic scene where Alex puts his Droogs in their place on the Marina dock to Rossini’s beautiful waltz, The Thieving Magpie. 

I wrote a wanna-be Rossini meets Strauss waltz for piano, vibraphone, upright bass, drums & accordion with the idea that it should sound like it’s coming out of Easy’s old radio and it would also need to follow the action on screen. Even simple radio music on a cartoon requires special care & attention and I’m glad I’m able to showcase a little musical cue like this because I’m particularly proud of it. Enjoy! -Ego