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Weekly Music Pick

12 Jun

I haven’t posted any music/entertainment for a while. This one showed up in my feed this morning and has been playing ever since…Gotta love Jamie Dee!

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Night At The Movies

9 Jan

Jeff and I went to see Les Miserables last weekend and I’m so glad we did. What a wonderful movie.

First of all, I should tell you that I’ve never seen the play or  previous movies based on the play. So, I was seeing and hearing everything for the first time. I’m happy that this was the way that I got to experience it…

It was enchanting and magical. I loved the moral of this beautiful story, too. The way love and compassion are nearly infectious, passed on from one person to another. The story in Les Miserables is heavy on themes of grace, mercy and redemption. The line that really seemed to stick with me was “to love another person is to see the face of God.”

I was also so taken by the music. A beautiful score matched with voices of unedited passion. I loved that the actors sang without a studio. In my opinion, the vocals didn’t need to be sweetened. It made the movie so much more believable and real- pulled the strings of my heart.  The singing, for me, brought the story to life.

 

Although a good portion of the movie did not call for tears, I found myself crying for the entirety. So many great lessons were taught through such great sorrow. In many ways, it’s the perfect story.

Weekly Music Pick

12 Dec

Carol Of The Bells like you’ve never heard it before…

Simply Amazing. No instruments or background music involved.

The group is called Pentatonics. They have lots of great videos, check them out:

Weekly Music Pick

5 Dec

Not only is this song this weeks music pick, but it’s also one of my favorite songs of all time. I put this song on last night while I was wrapping presents and it just brings warmth to my soul. I know it’s a classic, but I first heard it in the movie The Family Stone which is one of my favorites, too. Judy Garland has one of those voices that just resonates and watching her in sing this song brings tears of joy to my eyes. Have yourself a merry little Christmas…

Life Of Pi

28 Nov

I saw Life Of Pi while I was back in Colorado. I had been waiting to see it since I first saw the preview over a month ago. So, did I like it? Yes. Life Of Pi was an amazing cinematic journey that took the audience to places they couldn’t dream of.  This movie was visually stunning and I recommend it  not only because of the beauty in the way it was filmed and presented, but for the divine story of the main character, Pi. This young man (of many faiths) endures a trial of survival alongside his animal companions, learning many things about God and faith along the way. I’m not going to write about the ending of the film, but I will comment on its importance. This movie has been criticized by some (my parents and Jeff included) for its ending. Some say it belies the bulk of the narrative and ruins the events that preceded it. In my opinion, the ending of the movie played out like one of those genius moments in movies where everything comes together and makes sense in a sweeping sense of closure. When you see the movie, you’ll understand why, but it’s important to note that this isn’t a film that amounts to anything definitive. It leaves its viewers responsible for deciding what they want to believe, how much of the movie they perceive to be about faith.

For me, Life of Pi is a thought-provoking meditation on life that validates the importance of faith (not necessarily religion) and bases its success on its ability to tell a captivating story. Go see it. You’ll be glad you did.

*I also fell in love with the soundtrack to this movie. The music is equally as stunning and accompanies the cinematography beautifully. Take a listen.

Weekly Music Picks

8 Nov

This one I really love. Enjoy!

Weekly Music Picks

2 Nov

I gotta say, I hate Taylor Swift as much as you probably do. BUT, I have always liked her music. Jeff cringes at the sight of her and I always wonder what her deal is when it comes to men and relationships. I admit that I like her new album “RED.” It’s fun.

My new favorite artist is Jayme Dee. I simply love this song and her vintage flair. Has there ever been a time where you find a song and listen to it over and over again? Well, this is that song…

If you look her up on youtube, you’ll find that she has some awesome covers of current songs you hear on the radio…

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