The word "great" is woefully over-used, especially when someone dies. In the case of Ennio Morricone, though, it's valid. The Italian composer, who has died aged 91, was genuinely great, both in the sense of his obvious and immense talent, and the influence he had on two art forms: music and film.
As Aedín Gormley, presenter of Lyric FM's Movies & Musicals (Sat-Sun 1pm), explained to Morning Ireland (Radio 1, Mon-Fri 7am), Morricone's work on Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns went deeper than merely soundtracking footage already shot.
"The actors appear to move almost to the music," Aedín said. This was because it was written ahead of time, so the cast knew what it sounded like and reacted accordingly - a unique collaboration between Leone and Morricone. She went on: "He really created a new sound - nobody had heard music like this before."
On Arena (Radio 1, Mon-Fri 7pm), cultural historian Christopher Frayling said: "The Mission was probably his favourite complete score." Musician David Agnew told Seán Rocks: "As an oboe player, I'm forever indebted to 'Gabriel's Oboe' (and) Cinema Paradiso is absolutely exquisite."
But music, as the saying goes, speaks louder than words, and we were gifted some of Morricone's extraordinary compositions across these and other programmes. It really is unlike anything else, incredibly vivid, even magical: every time we hear those ominous drums and howling vocals on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly's theme, we almost reach unconsciously for an imaginary revolver holstered to a leg. Greatness, defined.
Staycations are the thing at the moment, with government advice not to travel abroad, and on Brendan O'Connor (Radio 1, Sat-Sun 11am) stand-in host Damien O'Reilly heard from travel experts Manchán Magan and Lisa Regan about solo trips in this green and pleasant land.
Travelling alone, Manchán said, "opens up new opportunities… you can be so self-indulgent, you have the freedom to do what you want, all the time, and just immerse yourself (in the trip)".
The single supplement for solo travellers, Lisa said, is "very annoying". But you can be "savvy with your spending: get your own lessons, do more outdoor stuff which is generally free - everything doesn't have to be high-cost".
Finally a quick note on Do Disturb (Newstalk, Sun 7am), Patricia Baker's documentary about human trafficking - or to put that another way, modern-day slavery. Shockingly, there are more than twice as many slaves worldwide in 2020 than in the much-discussed 19th century.
A difficult, even gruelling listen, but this was important stuff and, as usual with Baker, extremely well done.