Mike Garson
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“Just Like You” from the Gone Girl film soundtrack
by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Trent and I are old buddies. We met during the nineties when I was touring with David Bowie. We were on the same bill and played together which led to my playing on the Nine Inch Nails "The Fragile" album as well as the last two shows of the their Wave Goodbye tour.

I've long admired Trent's film score work and was honored to get a call from him during his work composing the Gone Girl score. One of the cues he had written for it is "Just Like You," a very haunting song with synths and piano He asked me to develop from the theme he created - but in my way, for solo piano.

It was very challenging because I had to work from his track, which I love, and find my own way of creating without veering into certain styles that wouldn't work with the score he was building. I had a very limited window, and I got lucky and found it. What came about is the two minute segment that follows his cue and comprises the final half of the song in the film. It's a very satisfying piece of music for me and I'm proud of our collaboration.


Mike rehearsing with Trent and Nine Inch Nails, 2009
Mike rehearsing with Trent
and Nine Inch Nails, 2009
Photo courtesy of Tourbuslive.com
 

 

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