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A Woman Under the Influence

July 16th, 2008 · 20 Comments

gena rowlands a woman under the influence

Bo Harwood – theme

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From Cassavetes on Cassavetes, by Ray Carney:

“Just prior to beginning A Woman Under the Influence, Cassavetes asked [Bo] Harwood if he would do music for the film. Harwood was a young, unknown, unemployed rock musician who couldn’t read music, but he embraced the challenge and began experimenting with things on his guitar. A few days later, Cassavetes came in and said he had decided he wanted piano music. When Harwood protested that he didn’t have access to a piano, Cassavetes blew off the objection and said that Peter Falk had one in his offices that they could use. When Harwood said that he didn’t know how to play the piano, Cassavetes was still unfazed. That didn’t matter; he could learn. Then a few weeks later, just as Harwood was getting comfortable at noodling around on the keyboard, Cassavetes came in again and said he had just bought a Nagra [sound recorder] and decided that Harwood would also be doing the film’s sound. When Harwood protested that he didn’t know the first thing about sound recording, Cassavetes again said that was fine: ‘It’s just a tape recorder. They’re all the same. It’s easy. You can figure it out.’ Harwood spent the next three weeks carrying the recorder and microphone everywhere he went, experimenting at hom, in restaurants and on the street.”

gena rowlands a woman under the influence

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LP // Dec 16, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Now if I could only get a copy of the song ‘rainy fields of frost and magic’ in killing of a chinese bookie then I would be immeasurably happy.

  • 2 Cosmo // Feb 21, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Do you know where I can find the sheet music for this piece? This complements Mabel so well…How the hell did Bo write this and couldn’t even read music…Cassavetes really believed in people…so inspiring and contagious.

  • 3 Bo Harwood // May 9, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Thanx for the kind comments and email this year. Besides working on new compositions that really excite me, Jeffrey ‘Luck’ Lucas, a terrific San Francisco based performer/writer, inspired me to put a CD (20 selections) and a 26 page history covering the 15 years I worked and wrote with John. Send me your email address & I’ll keep you posted… BH

  • 4 marc // Jun 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I’d love a copy of that Rainy Fields of Frost and Magic too.Its a beautiful song. I only saw that moviw the other day and have trawled google for any information on it.

    I’ll check back to this page for any information on that cd you mention Bo. I look forward to hearing your other stuff.


  • 5 JJ // Jun 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I was just searching for ‘rainy fields of frost and magic’ and came across this. I would like to be included on your list Bo – if you are still reading these comments.

  • 6 Cédric S // Jul 16, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I also loved to !!! Looking for Bo Harwood’s music for Cassavetes since a lonnng time…

  • 7 katie // Aug 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    magnificent bo harwood. i agree with what you once said about how your music belongs in the films. i also feel that the films somehow happen within your music. please keep me posted on your project and how to experience it.

  • 8 Melissa // Aug 27, 2009 at 1:01 am

    i would like information on Rainy Fields of Frost and Magic as well

  • 9 roby // Aug 29, 2009 at 8:37 am

    same story here :) ‘rainy fields of frost and magic’ omg i love this song!

  • 10 Jesse // Nov 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I would like to know of updates of whether Bo Harwood’s music would be available to access. Thank you.

  • 11 Josh // Jan 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I love this music. Do you know if there is somewhere I can find the version of the music w/ singing? You can hear part of it in the trailer, starts about 1:04

  • 12 Me // Jan 3, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Bo what is your email address i want to be updated? I would love to find a copy of that song at the end of Minnie and Moskowitz, also the stuff in Chinese Bookis is amazing.

  • 13 Melissa // Jan 5, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    What is the song playing at the end of the film while the credits are rolling?

  • 14 Sophie // Jan 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Yes, same question, that song is so wonderful it perfectly reflects Mabel’s personality . Where can I find it ?

  • 15 Virginie // Feb 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I’m a huge fan too! i’m looking for the movie album from a long time. do you have some ideas now to where we can find it?

  • 16 nicolas // Mar 26, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I’m looking for the track at the end of the movie woman under influence. please help me.

  • 17 Ana Maria // Jun 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Olá. Estou no Brasil (na cidade de Cuiabá) Gostaria do album A Woman Under the Influence, and outros Bo Harwood’s music for Cassavetes.
    obrigada, Ana maria

  • 18 KT // Jul 31, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I’m joining Josh in praising that terrific song he referred to. Now that I’ve listened to it in the movie, I just can’t get it out of my head.

    Could anyone at least tell me if there is a record existing anywhere in the world?

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  • 20 pemory // Nov 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Great snippet of music from “A Woman Under the Influence!” Bo…whatever happened to the release you alluded to back in 2009? I’d love to hear more of your wonderful music!


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