That's what friends are for
Thats What Friends Are For
Written to the movie 'Night Shift' in 1982, preformed by Rod Stewart, by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, this tune did not get it's fame until Dionne Warwick made a hit with it and together with a number of America's biggest star the recorded a version where profit for the sale were donated fot the American Foundation for AISA Research. It became a 'standard' very fast and have been recorded by numerous artists.
This arrangement is inspired by an IDOL performance where you could hear very many of the soloists alone or in duets with their competitors. There is a lot of short soloes and duets to make it interesting for a lot of the players that need the challenge of a solo.
Bjørn Morten Kjærnes (b 1952) is one of Norway's most published wind band composer and arranger. Starting out as a 7-year-old Euphonium player (and later,trombone) in a local school band, he has learned this instrumentation from the inside and as an arranger, composer and conductor he has been working with wind bands all his life. The first education was to be a music teacher, but then composing and arranging became more important and led to composition studies at the Music Academy of Oslo. As a composer he is inspired by an aural based serialism, and with a strong influence of jazz, many of the pieces have mild dissonances and tonal centrums. Some of this can also be heard in some of his arrangements. Children's experience of music has always been important to Kjærnes and working as a teacher, and later headmaster of a music school led to developing many of the flexible instrumentations that today are published.
Today he is working as the editor of wind/brass band edition of Norsk Noteservice AS and as a conductor.
As the leader, for many years, of the Norwegian Band Federations adjudicating committee, he is also much used as a guest conductor and adjudicator in local and national competitions.