No fooling, I spent April 1, 1989 with David Raksin, “The Grandfather of Film Music.” That is, he was my teacher for the day in a Saturday class held in Overland Park, Kansas via a seminar series produced and moderated by Prof. John Graves of Central Missouri State University. Having the esteemed composer Raksin as guest instructor was a highlight of the class.
David Raksin was one of several guest lecturers John Graves arranged for his Creative Complex in Film and Television seminars which featured nationally noted film and television professionals. Earlier in his career, Graves served as producer and executive with three TV networks. Medical Center and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father were among his producing credentials. When he moved from mainstream Hollywood to a professorship in mass communications at Warrensburg, Mo., he benefited from his California contacts. So did his students. Thanks to Graves, an array of celebrities flew to the Midwest to participate in his seminars. I enrolled in three of his classes, thoroughly enjoying every minute.
John Graves has long since retired from teaching, and David Raksin died in 2004.
David Raksin plays his most famous composition, "Laura": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTVVqUT_pDw