Adding the Perle
Adding the Perle
I just discovered this show on Amazon Prime. I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before! The acting is great, the plot is great, the music is great…it’s excellent.
The innovations of the early 1900s, building the Titanic, all set against the labor movement and class and religious struggles. Very, very well done.
My new playlist at work. I get so excited with this as my soundtrack that work turns into an adventure! Or a battle! @bearmccreary
Two years ago, when the Hunger Games first came out in theaters, I was in the middle of the Game of Thrones series. I wanted to see what all the Hunger Games hype was about before seeing the movie, so I took a two-day hiatus from GoT and switched fandoms briefly.
I was so disappointed. I read the book in a binge…the 24 hour reading obsession that can only happen during spring break on a beach in Miami…and was not left feeling any connection to Katniss at all. I didn’t really care about any of the characters or how the story would end. When it finally did, I didn’t even consider reading the sequel; I just picked up GoT and continued where I left off.
This week, though I was looking for a new book to read and so I started Catching Fire. In another binge (4 days this time, since I had to stop reading and go to work occasionally) I found myself loving it. I was wrapped up in the story, dreaming about the characters, and even waking up in the middle of the night to keep reading. I still don’t care about Peeta at all, and I still think it will be hard for the movie to do justice to a narrative that is entirely in Katniss’ mind, but I do love her.
Now I wonder if I didn’t give the Hunger Games a chance. It really isn’t fair to go from an adult fantasy novel like GoT, with all the intricate detail and the lineages of each family, to a young adult novel like Hunger Games. Maybe if I had read it separately, rather than like a bookmark, I would have enjoyed it more. And maybe I would understand why everyone likes Peeta so much.
Now I am looking forward to finally watching Catching Fire and jumping back on the bandwagon, this time as a fan.
I don’t know why this movie wasn’t as big a deal as Frozen. I watched Frozen, and it was cute…but not as good as other Disney movies. And I DEFINITELY could have done without Olaf the butt-joke snowman.
But How to Train Your Dragon…..loved it! And the music! So good!
What Music Looks Like
You’re looking at Chladni Figures and this experiment dates back to the 17th century. Ernst Chladni was a physicist and a musician who discovered this phenomenon of acoustics. He was also ridiculed by his peers for theorizing that meteorites came from outer space, not from volcanoes. Boy, were those guys wrong! We digress…
It’s hard to believe that single tones can make such beautiful, intricate designs. It makes us wonder what a symphony must look like!
Wow, this is beautiful!
How Composers Spent Their Time
These snapshots give us just a glimpse of what life was like for these towering figures of classical music. Take a look at some of the quirky, idiosyncratic doings of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and other geniuses of note here.
Sergei Rachmaninoff on a dock with a wet dog.
Arnold Schoenberg and Winfried Zillig rocking one-piece bathing suits.