Composers lauded in L.A.

ASCAP honored at BevHills bash

HOLLYWOOD — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) feted Hollywood’s Film and Television composers with a bash April 27 at the Beverly Hilton.

In addition to lauding film and TV music of 2004, ASCAP held a tribute to mark the centennial of noted songwriter and composer Howard Arlen, and handed out special awards to composers Mark Snow and John Debney.

Tyne Daly was on hand to present the Golden Note award to her brother-in-law Snow (“The X-Files,” “Starsky & Hutch”) and recited a poem she had written for the occasion that referred to Snow as, “a brilliant and talented smarty.”

Snow, who is the only composer to be honored every year since ASCAP first held its Film and TV Awards 20 years ago, recounted a story from working on his first television movie, “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.” At lunch with the director and producer, he excused himself to the bathroom and, “I found myself on the floor in a pool of sweat, pale as can be, and I realized I had just passed out.”

The revelation struck him, “At that point in time I knew- this was the business for me.”

Debney (“The Passion of the Christ,” “Sin City”) was awarded the Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award and offered words of advice for musicians just starting out, “Persevere, don’t let the ups and downs of this crazy business destroy your dreams … and never give up your integrity.”

— Lisa Hirsch