I happened to be watching one of last year’s new favorite Christmas movies–Finding Father Christmas–and for whatever reason, the music suddenly captivated me. I don’t know why I hadn’t noticed it before. In my opinion, music which accompanies made-for-TV movies all too often leaves much to be desired. But with this film, the music is an impeccable complement to the storyline and the interaction between the characters on screen. Therefore, I contacted the composer, Graeme Coleman, and discovered his repertoire of film/TV music was quite substantial, and he has even won some prestigious awards. Moreover, he readily agreed to a brief interview, which gives a cursory snapshot of his extensive career.
RH: How did you get started in music? What were your earliest musical influences as you were growing up?
I hope everyone enjoys Engaging Father Christmas and maybe, just maybe, notices (and enjoys) at least a bit of the music as well! 🙂
From a musician’s standpoint, I found myself incredibly fascinated with Graeme’s journey within his career. I always applaud those who step outside the traditional path and accomplish their dreams in spite of potential naysayers, and there is no doubt that Graeme has done just that. His dedication to the music he adores has paid huge dividends in his chosen career path, and I greatly anticipate watching Engaging Father Christmas this Sunday, November 12 on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Network. However, I also have plans on luxuriating in the entire visual and audio feast, not to mention the clever and sweet storyline, and I hope that all Hallmark fans will do the same. Furthermore, I would invite all of you to check out Graeme’s copious body of works at the links below. You may discover that he has penned some music for other favorite films and shows, and upon careful examination, you may wonder why you never noticed his work before (as did I). While it is evident that he writes what is typically termed “incidental” music that is not supposed to stand apart from the story as a whole, upon being attentive to that background music, I believe you may discover somewhat of a musical genius in a composer who has long been hailed for his creations time and again in spite of his not necessarily drawing undue attention to himself. But I, for one, am grateful that I can highlight his work for an entire entourage of steadfast and unashamed Hallmark fans who will now be more informed listeners!