Monday, June 23, 2008

When I grow up, I want to be...

When I'm employed, and come into my own as a proper, well-adjusted adult and all that jazz (I don't reckon I'm JUST quite there yet. For one I don't have a job!) I don't know who I'll be. I am by no means certain of what kind of father I'd be given the chance. But after observing people recently, what I want to lay out now, for my own benefit is who I do NOT want to be. Wouldn't it just be fanastically film-like if I turned out to be a right twat later in life, find this, and see the error of my ways?

- I do not want to be someone defined MERELY by his career and salary. Obviously, with any intense and demanding job, this will be harder, as employment will take up the lion's share of one's time. But there is no reason why it should be the case that anyone has NOTHING else in their lives. I want to still keep in touch with the art scene: such as I am right now (which is rather limited to be frank). But I don't want my only exposure to things that are non-work related to be something I accidentally read about while on my way to the stocks section of the FT. Work to live, not live to work.

- I will not be one of those people obsessed by money. There is a world of difference between being careful with your money, and being an overly tight-fisted bastard. Never in my life do I want to end up stopping doing things I want, for and with the people I love, because of money if I am 'of means'. There is a great uncertainty about what this life is about, and how to make it worthwhile. I am of the opinion that part of it, is spending time with others, and influencing them and inspiring them for the better. Being a hermit goes against this.

- I NEVER want to be narrow minded. I despise unmerited racism, classism and belittling of others for superficial and unimportant reasons. Books are more than their covers, and so forth!

I daresay this list can, and probably will continue. But I should leave Starbucks now, despite the free internet! I've been here almost 3 hours, and that's not good! I'd like to write about Singapore a bit, dear blog, and shall do so at a later date.

Friday, June 06, 2008

My current fad

I don't mind admitting that my concentration with respects to anything is for the most part fleeting, my attention span limited and my likes changeable. All I can truly hope for that in my half-hearted and never-ending quest for that song or film that will completely change my life or sum up the current state of affairs in a manner I could never achieve, that I will take something from it that I will value for the longer term.

Or linked memories. "Hey Yah" by Outkast will unfortunately always remind me of 2004, A2 exam year. "By The Way" by RHCP will always aid recollection of 2003. "La Nueva Belleza" by Jason Mraz will forever make me think of the time C.G. and I just couldn't find the strength to revise anymore in 2007 and quite apparently did ANYTHING but. The bands that will hold my allegiance, the Coldplay's, the Jason Mraz's, the Muse's, the Joshua Radin's, The Weepies's, the KT Tunstall's and the Nada Surf's of this world... They will hold special places for me. As will the films, the Shawshank Redemption's, the Big Fish's...

While I've just mentioned Coldplay (thank you, I am the master of terrible segues... on that note, could anyone more linguistically minded tell me why there's no accent on that word?) they've a new album coming out next week! "Viva la Vida" it's called, apparently based on the title of a Frida Kahlo painting? At this instant, I'm listening to a preview of the album on As I did with "Rush of Blood to the Head" I can't tell whether I like it or not. A few tracks, most notably the titular song, "Violet Hill" and the intro song "Life in Technicolour" stand out for me but I suspect the rest will shine as brightly upon a second listen through. I have to make darn sure to get it in time for the 14th though, when I'm due to leave England's green and pleasant lands AGAIN! Going to have to miss people all over again.

Feel I must make a mention of the new Jason Mraz album. That guy is just a wonderful singer/songwriter with such an amazing variety of songs, that'll make you want to alternately want to skip around the room and stare out the window at the sunset. In particular, "I'm Yours" from the album has to be at present one of my favourite songs, it's so cheery and cute that you can't help but love it.

Also, I recently saw the film "The Bucket List" starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. What follows is the comment I felt compelled to leave on Not so impressive or coherent I know, but I did write at a wee hour in the morning.

Before this movie, only one other movie has made my eyes water, and that was Big Fish. I think what made that happen was the idea that Albert Finney's character in Big Fish found fulfilment in his son's acceptance of his ways and in the embracing of the characters in whose lives Edward (I think that was the character's name?) had made such a profound impact. In the same way, here that these two men found fulfilment in each other touched me profoundly.

The film is in its own way so very simple. Nothing spectacular happens, and in a way nothing needs to. As you can predict, it doesn't take a genius to gather from the plot that Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman (in not quite career-summing-up breakout performances, but more than adequate and moving turns here) die, and it's in the simple yet deep things that make their life worthy, and enables them to "find their joy" before they finally succumb to their inevitable deaths. In the quest to complete their Bucket List, they seek, in a way that's only fantasy for others, to wholly and completely tie up their loose end before they kick the bucket, and the sheer closeness they achieve through the sharing of their combined destinies and rejoicing in both their similarities and differences. I found Morgan Freeman's character was a little more fleshed out, in that he got given more nuances to work with, but Jack Nicholson was on form in the same vein of more mature movies he finds himself excelling in.

In all, a good film, certainly worth a watch and Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, and the scriptwriter have here a movie of which to be proud, and that will mean a lot to many people.