"Yep. That went well."
After a ludicrous series of e-mails back and forth, Fox Music finally threw in the towel on their DRM encoded WMA tracks for Firefly. They have made the digital EP available in mp3 format instead. Personally, I wouldn't have cared what format it was in but for the fact that the DRM encoding prevented me from either burning a CD or loading the tracks onto my Nomad. It was preventing me performing nothing less than my fair use rights on the music. Happily, the tracks are now loaded in mp3 format and I have already transferred them to my Nomad. This was a very frustrating situation.
Greg Edmonson's score is like what the show is, a twangy fusion of country and science fiction. It is therefore quite fresh. While I don't think it is overy derivative of anything else, I would cast it in the same category as W.G. Snuffy Walden's music for I'll Fly Away and The Stand. It is LP length, running just shy of forty minutes, which is pretty decent considering that I was doubtful I'd ever see this music released at all, although I wouldn't mind an actual CD with more of the score on it (reportedly Edmonson put one together that was a good 70 minutes).
Interestingly, there is a CD cover insert that you can print out, which mentions the score and that Joss Whedon wrote the title song, but it doesn't mention Sonny Rhodes, who sings the song. I wonder what that's all about. Weird.
I'm at my parents' house at the moment, and Steven's screensaver randomly displays family pictures. There is one shot of Zach taken by his babysitter when he was a year old with a big grin that is so cute. I wish he still looked like that sometimes... I know my mother has probably thought the same of me, as I looked like a cherub when I was a kid...