RIP James Horner, the Composer of the Braveheart Soundtrack, My Musical Hero

James Horner, to some extent, changed the course of my life. His soundtrack for the film "Braveheart" rocked my world and made me want to pursue a degree in music composition, which led me to study at CalArts in my summers during high school, which led me to find out about a program at UCSB, which led to me applying to UCSB and moving there. (James Horner also scored films like Titanic, Field of Dreams, Legends of the Fall, A Beautiful Mind, Troy, the Disney live show "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson -- oddly enough -- and dozens of other major films.) This past week, James Horner died in a plane crash only a few miles from my house. In fact, his plane likely flew over my area of town, maybe even over my house, before he crashed in the nearby mountains. The news broke my heart, and I've been grieving. And the fact that his life ended just a few miles away from where I was working in my house -- possibly even listening to some of my favorite orchestral music at the time (though not Horner's music) -- just adds a whole new level of strangeness, coincidence, and surreal sadness to the news. There I was, listening to music that I had discovered in college, while just a couple miles away the man who had been a catalyst in leading me to that music, dies. Life is stranger than fiction sometimes. And sometimes it throws us wounds of grief that we never see coming.

RIP James Horner. Your wonderful talent will be deeply missed.

Here is a list of every movie score he composed and some pics of the musical mastermind himself:

The 33

 2015 Southpaw

 2015 Living in the Age of Airplanes (Documentary)

 2015 Wolf Totem

 2015 One Day in Auschwitz (Documentary)

 2014 Starship Valiant: Legacy (Video short)

 2012 First in Flight (Short)

 2012 The Lost Berserker (Short)

 2012 Reflections on Titanic (Documentary) (score music: from Titanic)

 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man

 2012 For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada

 2011/II Day of the Falcon

 2010 The Karate Kid

 2009 Avatar (music composed by)

 2008 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

 2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles

 2007 The Life Before Her Eyes

 2006 Apocalypto

 2006 All the King's Men

 2006 CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (TV Series)

 2005 The New World

 2005 The Legend of Zorro

 2005 Flightplan

 2005 The Chumscrubber

 2004 Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (TV Series) (1 episode)

- In Harms Way (2004)

 2004 The Forgotten

 2004 Le nom de la rose (Video documentary) (uncredited)

 2004 Field of Dreams: A Diamond in the Husks (Video documentary short)

 2004 Troy

 2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

 2004 A Stuntman for All Seasons: A Tribute to Bennie Dobbins (Video documentary short)

 2004 East Meets West: 'Red Heat' and the Kings of Carolco (Video documentary short)

 2004 I'm Not Russian, But I Play One on TV (Video documentary short)

 2003 House of Sand and Fog

 2003/I The Missing

 2003 Beyond Borders

 2003 Radio

 2003 The Making of 'Sneakers' (Video documentary short)

 2002 The Four Feathers

 2002 Windtalkers

 2001/I Iris

 2001 A Beautiful Mind

 2001 From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking (Video documentary short)

 2001 Unmasking Zorro (Video documentary) (from "The Mask of Zorro")

 2001 Enemy at the Gates

 2000 Krull: Marvel Comics Video Adaptation (Video)

 2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 2000 The Perfect Storm

 2000 Freedom Song (TV Movie)

 1999 Bringing Down the House (Video documentary short)

 1999 Lions and Monkeys and Pods... Oh My!: The Special Effects of 'Jumanji' (Video documentary short)

 1999 Bicentennial Man

 1999 Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits (TV Movie)

 1998 Mighty Joe Young

 1998 The Mask of Zorro

 1998 Deep Impact

 1997 Titanic

 1997 The Devil's Own

 1996 Ransom

 1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

 1996 Courage Under Fire

 1996 The Spitfire Grill

 1995 Balto

 1995 Jumanji

 1995 Jade

 1995 Apollo 13

 1995 Casper

 1995 Braveheart (music composed by)

 1994 Legends of the Fall

 1994 The Pagemaster

 1994 Clear and Present Danger

 1993 The Pelican Brief

 1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story

 1993 Bopha!

 1993 The Man Without a Face

 1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer

 1993 House of Cards

 1993 Once Upon a Forest

 1993 Jack the Bear

 1993 A Far Off Place

 1993 Swing Kids

 1992 Sneakers

 1992 Unlawful Entry

 1992 Patriot Games

 1992 Thunderheart

 1992 Fish Police (TV Series) (1 episode)

- The Shell Game (1992)

 1991 Norman and the Killer (Short)

 1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

 1991 The Rocketeer

 1991 Class Action

 1991 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

 1991 Once Around

 1990 Extreme Close-Up (TV Movie)

 1990 Another 48 Hrs.

 1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (1 episode)

- Cutting Cards (1990)

 1990 I Love You to Death

 1989 Glory

 1989 Dad

 1989 In Country

 1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

 1989 Tummy Trouble (Short)

 1989 Field of Dreams

 1988 Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure

 1988 Cocoon: The Return

 1988 The Land Before Time

 1988 Vibes

 1988 Red Heat

 1988 Willow

 1987 *batteries not included

 1987 Project X

 1987 P.K. and the Kid

 1986 An American Tail

 1986 The Name of the Rose

 1986 Captain EO (Short)

 1986 Where the River Runs Black

 1986 Aliens

 1986 Off Beat

 1985 Let's Go (Short)

 1985 In Her Own Time (Documentary)

 1985 Amazing Stories (TV Series) (1 episode)

- Alamo Jobe (1985)

 1985 Commando

 1985 Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (from "Battle Beyond the Stars")

 1985 The Journey of Natty Gann

 1985 Volunteers

 1985 Cocoon

 1985 Barbarian Queen (from "Battle Beyond the Stars")

 1985 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)

- The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1985)

 1985 Surviving (TV Movie)

 1985 Heaven Help Us

 1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

 1984 The Stone Boy

 1983 Uncommon Valor

 1983 Gorky Park

 1983 The Dresser

 1983 Testament (music composed by)

 1983 Brainstorm

 1983 Between Friends (TV Movie)

 1983 Krull

 1983 Space Raiders (from "Battle Beyond the Stars")

 1983 Something Wicked This Way Comes

 1983 Journey to Krull (Video documentary short) (uncredited)

 1982 48 Hrs.

 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

 1982 Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (TV Movie)

 1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (TV Movie)

 1981 The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper

 1981 A Few Days in Weasel Creek (TV Movie)

 1981 Deadly Blessing

 1981 Wolfen

 1981 The Hand

 1981 Angel Dusted (TV Movie)

 1980 Battle Beyond the Stars

 1980 Humanoids from the Deep (music composed by)

 1979 The Lady in Red

 1979 Up from the Depths (uncredited)

 1978 The Watcher