I have a sick fascination with the people who write some of the sickest (cool/disgusting) pop music ever written. Ever since seeing a video segment about the composer, Kristian Lundin, who wrote N-Sync's "Bye Bye Bye," and learning about Jesse Frederick, writer of many TGIF theme songs like "Perfect Strangers" and "Full House," I just can't stop reading about them. Who are these pop geniuses? My latest obsession is Mark Mueller.
Mueller's resume includes chart-topping songs for groups like Heart; Earth, Wind & Fire (shit, I am one element shy of summoning Captain Planet); and Amy Grant. His movie credits include: "Honey, I Blew Up The Kid," One Hour Photo," and "National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation." But he's most famous, to me at least, for crafting the fantastic "DuckTales" theme (as well as "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers," if you want to be a completist).
I've included an acoustic rendition in the video above to really showcase what a great composition it is. Once stripped of its RnB vocals, horns and keys, you get down to this shifting song full of great dynamic changes. An interesting note about the performer: His name is Adrian Holovaty and he's the creator of chicagocrime.org, everyblock.com, and writer of the Python-based Django web framework. He does these guitar arrangements just for fun.