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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Chris Thile Covering Bach

One of my favorite bands is a folk/bluegrass band called The Punch Brothers. Well worth your time to check them out. I recommend the tracks "Magnet", "New York City", and "I Blew it Off" for starters. Anyways that's another topic for another posting.

Chris Thile, who is the lead singer of the Punch Brothers has released a solo recording of himself performing Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on the Mandolin. It's beautiful, and I really want to share a performance.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The New Star Wars Trailer

Last week the new Star Wars trailer was released. It's beautiful!! I have no shame in admitting that I teared up slightly. It looks and feels like Star Wars. There's a sense of excitement, wonder, and an old school fun at the movies feel with this trailer. And for me at least, one of the best parts of the new Star Wars is that I don't know anything about it. I've avoided spoilers at all costs. I want to see this movie without knowing anything, and just enjoy it.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Rediscovering an Old Friend

As a fluke of luck would have it, I picked up Johnny Cash' American III: The Solitary Man this past weekend. The best way I can describe listening to this album is it's like being re-acquainted with an old friend. It's a friendly reminder why he is so great! He sings with a "realness" that hasn't, no will ever be replicated. It made me pull out all of my American Recording LPs, and I am currently listening to American II: Unchained as I write this blog. It is always a good feeling to re-discovery greatness. Take the time out of your day, and find Cash's American Recordings. They are well worth your time to listen to.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Random Thoughts for Wednesday October 7th, 2015

Ai Weiwei Documentary
Last night on PBS, I watched an absolutely engaging documentary on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The name of the documentary is: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. It chronicles the artist's trouble with the Chinese government. It is an absolutely inspiring documentary. I've been a fan of Weiwei's art for the past few years, and this documentary gives a fantastic perspective on his art, political beliefs, and philosophy on life. After watching it, I felt invigorated to go and create.

Imaginary Worlds: The Truth is Out There
This morning, I listened to one of my new favorite podcasts, Imaginary Worlds. This week's episode focused on the cult TV show "The X-Files", which lead to a larger exploration of the world of conspiracy theories. I've been wanting to do a program on conspiracy theories for the past few years, but could never figure out the direction I wanted to do. (I've always felt the radio would be an engaging medium to explore conspiracy theories.) This episode is absolutely fantastic. In fact, its so good, I listened to it twice. Host Eric Molinsky created a really special episode of audio here.

Arrow: Holy Crap!!
The new episode of Arrow debuted tonight, and HOLY CRAP!!!! It's 1 hour of pure superhero fun.