On Golden Pond Music

LICENSING AVAILABLE Now theatres have an opportunity to heighten the emotional experience with music written by Ernest, along with the legendary Carly Simon, world-renowned fiddler Natalie MacMaster, and internationally-acclaimed composer Joe Deleault. Ernest is forever gratified to have theatres give his American classic “On Golden Pond” a home and hopes your time on the lake will be as meaningful as it continues to be for audiences around the world.   ON GOLDEN POND*  5:26 Lyrics by Ernest

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We’re All “Boston Strong“

NEW RELEASE FROM THOMPSON|DELEAULT Ernest Thompson, whose Boston roots began with his Somerville grandfather, an engineer on the Boston-Maine Railroad, and extend to Boston University’s Mugar Library, where Thompson’s papers are collected in the Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center, felt, like millions of others, a personal connection to the horrors of the Boston Marathon bombing. A lifelong storyteller (he won an Academy Award for his “On Golden Pond” screenplay), his first instinct was to write about

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The Dream Farm Cafe

TALKS ‘TIME AND CHARGES’ WITH COMPOSER JOE DELEAULT ~ by Julie Lavender Jazz pianist, composer and performer Joe Deleault teams up with Oscar winner Ernest Thompson to write songs for Thompson’s latest movies, newest play and world-renowned American Classic “On Golden Pond.”   From folk to pop to country, rock-n-roll and soul, with a little gospel thrown in, the range of their music is remarkable. Joe Deleault talks about the process of composing for films

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Sterling and Gold

NEWCOMER JOINS OLD PRO OSCAR WINNER FOR ‘SOCIETY’S EYES’ IN ERNEST THOMPSON’S NEW FILM, ‘HEAVENLY ANGLE’ Ernest wrote this lyric years ago, just waiting for the right time and the right collaborator to bring it to life. It fits neatly into the soundtrack of HEAVENLY ANGLE and, in a slightly less elegant form, is sung by a character in the movie.   “It’s Dylan,” Ernest’s composing partner Joe Deleault said when he read it. “Dylanesque,” Ernest

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Joan Osborne Takes a Look Around Heavenly Angle

OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON’S NEW FILM A hundred or so characters in HEAVENLY ANGLE sing their version of “Look Around,” as part of their audition in the movie within the movie. “Of all the scenes in all the films I’ve directed, this is one of my favorites,” Ernest said. “There’s such a sensation of the joy of performing. The enthusiasm is incredible, in spite of the poignancy of the lyric. The lyric is saying, ‘before

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The Little Town Tango

NATALIE MACMASTER PLAYS ‘THE LITTLE TOWN TANGO’ Heavenly Angle takes place in a small town in New Hampshire. Easy to find; it’s where Ernest lives. It’s the story of a Hollywood filmmaker who tries to con the locals into believing he’s going to make a movie with them. Easy to cast. But what would the film’s musical style be?  Because of their growing connection to Natalie MacMaster and the great success they’d had with the

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Someone to Care (About)

THE BEEHIVE QUEEN OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COMMITS POLITICAL SUICIDE WITH OSCAR WINNER In Welfare Thee Well, one of the four plays comprising Political Suicide, a young woman sings, We all got worries, we all got hurdles, we all got burdens to bear. “I wanted it to sound like a spiritual,” Ernest said. “Whether the character is played by a woman of color or a Caucasian actress or Asian, the song is coming from a

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This Isn’t Your Party But You’re Invited

TO JOIN SAMANTHA FARRELL AND AWARD-WINNING WRITERS ERNEST THOMPSON AND JOE DELEAULT IN COMMITTING POLITICAL SUICIDE   “I love music that makes trouble,” Ernest said. The four plays of POLITICAL SUICIDE do, casting an affectionate but critical eye on, in order, the electoral process (POTATO HEAD FOR PRESIDENT), the protest movement in the 21st Century (OCCUPY NEW LEXINGTON), our society’s widening gap between the haves and have-nots (WELFARE THEE WELL), and the battle between cynicism

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On a Day in the Spring

NATALIE MACMASTER JOINS JOE DELEAULT AND PLAYWRIGHT ERNEST THOMPSON ON GOLDEN POND ‘On a day in the spring,’ this song starts. ‘When the wind blows strong, you might feel it again, that ageless bond that keeps drawing you home where your heart belongs, in the life that you’d known On Golden Pond.’ “Celtic,” Joe Deleault said, and Ernest agreed. It was precisely the tone the lyric, and this very heartfelt, almost primitive play, needed. Ernest

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Carly Simon Dances On Golden Pond

When Ernest Thompson wrote The Father Daughter Dance for the first ever time that he directed his own play, On Golden Pond, he wanted the song to have a ‘Carly Simon sound.’  Whom better to ask, he thought, than the rock goddess herself?  Ernest sent the lyric; Carly sent back a litany of reasons why she wouldn’t be able to take the project on – rock goddesses tend to be busy – and then called

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