Film and Television Scores:
His first T.V. score was “Chesapeake Borne” for the National Geographic Society. His most recent in this genre “Polar Bears/Season of Fear” for ABC TV Wide World of Discovery. Series scores include The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Theatre, Fairy Tale Theatre, “The Marshal” (ABC TV series), Hallmark Hall of Fame and Movies of the Week.
His first feature soundtrack was “Goin’ South”, directed by Jack Nicholson in 1978. His scoring credits include the sequel to “China Town” (“Two Jakes”).Other soundtracks include: Capote’s “One Christmas”, directed by Tony Bill; “Wild Bill”, with Jeff Bridges, directed by Walter Hill; “Club Paradise” with Robin Williams; “Bastard Out of Carolina” with Jennifer Jason Leigh/Lyle Lovett, (directed by Anjelica Huston and honored at the Cannes Festival). He wrote three songs for Disney’s “The Brave Little Toaster”. Most recent work includes “Shadrach” with Harvey Keitel & Andie MacDowell, and “Harland County” with Holly Hunter.
Three childrens’ books published by Harcourt Brace Javonovich: Jump (with Malcolm Jones); Jump Again; and Jump on Over. Adapted tales of Br’er Rabbit, they are superbly illustrated by Barry Moser. “Mark Twain called these stories ‘Our most precious piece of stolen goods!'”. The New York Times: “—these books are racially irreproachable”– Jump was cited “best illustrated childrens’ book of the year”.
Credits include: “Mother Courage” by Brecht (Boston Shakespeare Theatre- Linda Hunt & Brian Doyle Murray); “Henry IV Part II” (Kennedy Center- Patti laPone & Wm. Hurt); additional music for “The Triumph of Love”, on Broadway.
Parks lives with his family in Los Angeles.