Well, Happy Late Summer! I'm a cold weather person, so I really have to clamp my hand over my mouth when everyone starts to moan about the absense of billion degree temps, the fried grass and burning asphalt going the way of the migrating Canadian Geese. SEE YA! ...yeah, Bye Bye. Don't rush back on MY account. Okay, we're not there yet, so I'll just sit in front of my keyboard and tell you which videos to watch. Which music to buy. You can count on me to keep you somewhat caught up. Not TOTALLY caught up. That's too much pressure. Oh, and please, leave a comment with YOUR additions if you feel like it. If not, that's fine too. We're all just relaxing over here......
First movie rec? THIS ONE. I LOVED it. you will too: DREW; THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER.
Next?.....You're gonna have to trust me on this one: BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT.
I know, I thought the same thing...."who cares?"....but I have to say that I was pretty drawn in by the story and the well chosen participants - bird geeks, yes, but also award winning novelists and overall intersting people. I already loved Central Park, but now I wish that I could go back with a really good camera lens. Would I document every bird that I observed in an immaculate, numeric way? hahahahaha: NO, BUT I might enjoy knowing what the Hell I'm seeing, and then sketching it later.
NEXT?...oh, I LOVE this guy. You will too. Check out A TOUCH OF GREATNESS
I'm just gonna copy the description and tell you that this teacher should have written the HandBook on HOW TO MAKE SCHOOL FUN FOR EVERYONE. You'll walk away from this one with faith in humanity and the need to change what the majority of schools (not ALL) are doing NOW. Here, look:
When he became a teacher in the 1940s, Albert Cullum realized something was lacking in his classes and decided to stray from the by-the-book, discipline-heavy style favored by his colleagues, instead using poetry and drama to put life and emotion into his teaching. This documentary from Leslie Sullivan (produced by Catherine Gund) depicts a man who challenged traditional teaching methods and proved that creativity has a place in every classroom.
...and NOW....we have a close look at photographer Sally Mann. I remember when Sally took those nude photos of her kids back in the 90's and people went nuts. Some people loved them, some people barked about child porn (which is clearly NOT what she was up to). The movie isn't about THAT, but have a look at a truly artful life. She's in her early 60's now, kids grown, and like all artists, going full tilt towards new technique and glory. Yes indeed Sally. You're the S**t.
Had enough? Too bad. We're on to Music now. I recommend these 2 discs (or downloads) for pretty much anything. Road trips, while you're hanging in your castle or hovel or cubicle. Play these in your studio, workshop or in the background at a party. Slap in the earbuds at an airport and say "Adios" to the din. I swear, when I was shooting through the last hundred decades of my life, we'd have a favorite radio station or two. They'd play stuff, we'd go "YES!" or "Ew" and know that we were being exposed to everything. Now it's trickier, like having 600 cable channels so you miss the good stuff because YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WAS ON!.....this is why I count on you readers and my friends to command me to hear, see and read stuff. That's why YOU'RE Here. So:
Remember the movie soundtrack from GARDEN STATE? OMG, if you don't, go buy it now. well, Zac Braff (I have no idea if that's his name) is back with another movie and another well chosen compilation for WISH I WAS HERE. Have you seen the movie yet? I haven't. Wait, I don't think it's out yet. I grabbed the disc on impulse and it's great.
Last, but marvelous is a piece from Kishi Bashi. He does music for commercials and TV. No, don't scrunch up your nose like that. You can test drive it on Amazon!...okay, there's ONE song that's kinda spoken poetry that I Express-Pass-FORWARD through. It's stupid. The rest is SO good. It's called LIGHGHT (not a typo).
Okay Readers. So there ya go. 4 movies and 2 pieces of music. Remember to leave your bright ideas in the comments or just go there to read other peoples good stuff. I'll be back with something totally different. Happy Late Summer!