In a unique refreshing style, Russell Garcia, world renowned composer-arranger-conductor relates the stories of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood during his many years writing music for films and television. His inimitable, delightful sense of humor comes through even when he's "winning World War Two single handed." This is a wonderful inspiring book by a legendary icon who spent some seventy years in the music business.
Besides writing music for over a hundred films, ie, The Time Machine", "Atlantis The Lost Continent", "Come September; his music can still be heard today on many television shows, such as "The Twilight Zone", "Laredo", "Fame Is The Name Of The Game", and "Rawhide". He has also recorded with all the great luminaries like Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Frances Faye, Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, Margaret Whiting, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis, Mel Torme as well as many of the great instrumentalist stars such as Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Buddy De Franco, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Roy Eldridge to name a few.
Known for his versatility in both jazz and classical music, Garcia has conducted many of his own compositions with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, America, New Zealand and China. He has written two text books, The Professional Arranger-Composer Book 1 and Book 2 which are used in universities around the world and have been translated into 6 languages. An adventurer, he and his wife cruised the South Pacific in their yacht "Dawn-Breaker" for almost six years. He was also a caring humanitarian who, together with his wife, taught virtues with music for some 39 years as a 'labor of love' at three public schools in New Zealand for which each of them received the "Queen's Service Medal for Service to Music in 2009."