ROY'S THEME

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.” reflects Roy Batty, the superhuman android (replicant) in the 1982 film Bladerunner.

Roy’s short lifespan is about to expire, and as he kneels on a rooftop next to the Bladerunner (Harrison Ford) sent to destroy him, we get a glimpse into his brief but audacious “life”.

In a surprise moment near the end of the film, after Harrison Ford is literally hanging by his fingertips facing certain death, Roy saves his life. Facing his own immortality, Roy realizes life’s great and precious moments and he shares a brief reflection of that new-found knowledge in what fans of the film call the “Tears in Rain speech”.

As Roy Batty, this was one of Rutger Hauer’s finest performances. He rewrote much of the speech the night before the shooting without even director Ridley Scott’s knowledge. As a testament to Hauer’s writing, the crew broke into applause and some even wept after that final scene was shot.

“All those… moments… will be lost, in time–like [chokes up] tears… in… rain.

Time… to die.”

I really like this interesting and well-disposed book. So many good thoughts, facts and tips on alto trombone. Good guidance for the searching alto souls out there. A must-have for the shelves.

– Håkan Björkman, Principal Trombone at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I highly recommend Alto Trombone Savvy for players around the world wanting advice on handling the alto trombone at the highest level. Classical and jazz players both share the same challenges, and it’s great to have this book in either bass or alto clef to help answer some of those challenges.

- Carsten Svanberg, International Trombone Soloist and Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz

For anyone interested in learning to play the alto trombone, whether for classical or jazz, this book is a must. Clearly written, with excellent exercises and links to audio examples, Michael Lake has provided the trombone world with a wonderful new resource.

– Ralph Sauer, Former Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic