“It’s…it’s haunting,” said Sielger. “I know people have said you’ve been coasting lately, but…wow. How did you do it, and are you sure this picture is worthy of it? I’d hate for the director to throw such a beautiful melody out in favor of a crappy pop song.”

“It’s a love theme,” the composer coughed. “I’ve been holding it back for years, until my very last hour of need when inspiration and creativity fail me. It’s a love theme for myself, and it’ll probably be the last thing that every has my name on it.”

“Why hold it back?” Sielger. “How long have you been sitting on this thing?”

“I wrote it in the summer of 1969 to be a proposal of marriage. She said no, and I locked away my finest composition out of sheer spite.”

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