Watching the encore of the Grammy’s on a local channel, I’ve realized how I’ve missed music. These days, I’ve engaged myself, my pastime, in lots of readings on the net, particularly here on WordPress. I’m just amazed how cool the world is from the words and sights all over this site that I’ve forgotten my other interest, that is, music. I was surprised that there are great new artists lately (Ed Sheeran’s cute and FUN. was, yeah, fun) and great new songs that I haven’t downloaded. I’m just shocked Pink didn’t win although the one that beat her was my favorite, Kelly Clarkson, so it wasn’t so bad. Missing was Justin Bieber but it’s not bad news. One Direction is not there, too, maybe because Harry knows Taylor’s gonna dish him. I haven’t been listening to the radio either or watching MTV or the local music channel- the latter because I don’t have cable anymore since it’s not so ideal to pay for one and not really watch TV often.
Music, as with other people, raises me up when I am down and celebrates with me when I am doing well. For the past five years, three rockin’ female artists have been my musical companies.
Kelly Clarkson. More than five years. One of the things I bought with the first salary I got (and it was really small, only from a part-time job) when I transferred to the city was her cassette tape because I couldn’t afford a CD yet that time. I needed some soundtrack in the low point of my life that time, and Kelly boosted my self-belief. (Breakaway. Beautiful Disaster. Because of You. Since You’ve Been Gone– well, this last one was for another part of my life.) And she continues to do so.
Sara Bareilles. From Lovesong, I already knew she’s gonna make it big. Unfortunately, she’s not been generously recognized by the Grammy’s. I created a Twitter account just to beg her to come to our country and have a concert. I know I should have begged concert promoters here; nonetheless, I tried. Kelly went here already and it was an awesome time listening to her in the flesh. Hopefully, Sara will, soon. My favorite from her music was… all of her songs actually. But if I want to cry, I just listen to Send Me The Moon… the saddest song. ever.
And third, Christina Perri. Before Twilight’s theme song, she was already great. Blue Bird. Jar of Hearts. Sad Song. Arms. Distance. Miles. and the others. Who wouldn’t be carried away by her? I also hope she comes here.
Music sails our soul. Without it, life for sure, will be less celebratory, less romantic, and boring. I didn’t know my life was that because for a while, I set it aside. And now, I’m bringing the ‘song’ back.
Yeh. Yehhhh… (singing…yeah.)
This 2013, I thought of having a writing project. It is a list of 13 of anything from my experiences that I think might be interesting or helpful or that I would just like to make a simple list of.
I would like to start the project with my Life of Pi experience.
I watched the movie last week, and it made me restore my faith. my faith in watching movies in the theater. (I lost my interest since Harry Potter ended.) The big and hit Hollywood movies last year were mostly action hero movies and boasted amazing special effects. They were
amazing I bet, but I’ve always wanted to watch a movie that would make me think and not just make me sit there and be amazed of the effects. With Life of Pi, i got those two things: it made me amazed and it made me think. or rather, three things. it also made me feel, affecting me more days after seeing it. and yes, it also “ump up” my faith in faith itself. And these are the 13 things that made that possible.
13. i watched it in a theater new to me and locating the place was a challenge.
12. i watched it alone. no popcorn or any snacks. just water (which was ridiculously expensive).
11. i did not read the book prior to watching it even if i was itching to. (a day after, i have gone to two bookstores where copies were sold out and still have to wait for some days for new copies. resorted to torrents online, i know it’s bad but i was desperate, but no copies, too. or i was just not that skilled in finding one.)
10. my love for the indian culture.
9. my love for the sea.
8. the Titanic feel.
7. it is multicultural- filmed by a Chinese director, written by a French-Canadian author, and given an indian setting.
6. the flying fish (i prayed that no one saw me when i instinctively covered myself when the fish suddenly appeared out of nowhere. ah… 3D!) and the entire special effects. ‘wow’ is an understatement.
5. the cute little meerkats.
4. the occasional humor and the touching lines.
3. that it was actually a love story: Pi and the Bengal tiger Richard Parker.
2. the soul-wrenching lessons about faith, survival, hanging on, and letting go (i was holding my tears, but failed, for almost all scenes and dialogues).
1. and the thing that left me wondering the most after seeing it: bananas don’t float?
i read a few reviews after i saw the film. most criticized how it didn’t give what it had been boasting before its showing. some reviewers were disappointed. on the contrary, most personal blogs that i also read considered the movie great. the old lady behind my seat in the theater when the movie ended exclaimed “deep” to her companion. i smiled hearing it thinking if it was an intentional pun or metaphor, or whether it was a sigh of satisfaction or of disappointment. i was tempted to give a corny reply: “yes, it is. because it has the ocean in it.” for me though, even stripped of its effects, it is amazingly beautiful. and i would love to experience it again.