The music of 'Dolphin Tale': No Harry Connick Jr. or Kris Kristofferson, but lots of Mark Isham
Just in case you somehow missed it, this weekend marks the opening of Dolphin Tale, the family movie based on the story of rescued dolphin Winter, who lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Dolphin Tale was filmed largely in and around Clearwater, so you may have heard a thing or two about it on this site.
As it turns out, the film stars two actors who also happen to be pretty big names in the music world: Harry Connick Jr. and Kris Kristofferson, both of whom booked concerts in Tampa Bay this spring. (And then there's co-star Ashley Judd, who's part of music royalty in her own right.) Connick even took in a Bucs game during filming, and frequently chowed down at Casa Tina in Dunedin.
"The people (at Casa Tina) were very kind to me," Connick said. "I went there 50 times, probably. Other than that, I really didn't hang out too many places, only because I try to get as much sleep as I can. I'm not a big hanger-out guy anymore."
Neither Connick nor Kristofferson were in town for a premiere party on Wednesday, and as far as we know, there's no music from Connick or Kristofferson in the film. Tbt*'s Steve Persall gave them both good notices in his Dolphin Tale review, writing: "Connick's easy-going manner precludes the sappiness his role could incite, and nobody plays a grouchy sage as well as (Morgan) Freeman, or scraggly one like Kristofferson."
But there is music in Dolphin Tale, and it comes from Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer Mark Isham, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1993 for the score for A River Runs Through It. (Isham, interestingly, has a Clearwater connection -- he's a longtime Scientologist.) The 21-track film score is due Oct. 11, but is available for pre-order now. Click here for more details on the album, and click here for a video about Isham's recording sessions.
Finally, we feel like we should mention that there's actually a song called Dolphin Tale, by an experimental electronic artist called Junkett. The song has nothing to do with the film. Just thought you'd like to know.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*