That’s It (I’m Crazy) – Sofi Tukker

 

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You never know where inspiration will hit you. This week it was brought to me in the form of the new Apple Red iphone ad. The song used in the ad caught my attention enough that I had to seek it out, find out who created it, and play it over and over again.

It’s called, “That’s It (Im Crazy) by Sofi Tukker.

From wikipedia: Sofi Tukker is a New York-based musical duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. The band is perhaps best known for its song “Best Friend,” which was featured in a commercial during Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone X on September 12, 2017.

Here is the song:

And here is the ad:

Here is their website:

http://www.sofitukker.com/

 

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My So-Called Podcast

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This is a very niche post. My So-Called Podcast is hosted by Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle. Learned about Patrick from his other podcast, Broadway Backstory.

I’ll admit I was reluctant to listen to two people talk about a show. However, My So-Called Life is a show i know very well. Own the series on DVD, and watch the Christmas episode every year. It was a seminal show whcih only ran for one season, and still has impact.

The podcast feels like I’m sitting at lunch with my friends talking in detail about the show. And that makes the traffic and car rides more bearable.

So, if you are a big fan of My So-Called Life, give it a shot. If not, perhaps there are podcasts out there releated to your favorite show.

Go now go…

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https://mysocalledpodcast.todaytix.com/

Rise

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Funny how I was reluctant to watch this show. Perhaps after Smash and Glee, I had felt somewhat letdown.  Now Rise promises a more naturalistic approach to theatre, the heart behind teaching, and putting together a show in high school.

From Wikipedia: Rise is an American musical drama television series created by Jason Katims, starring Josh Radnor in the lead role as Lou Mazzuchelli. The series is inspired by the book Drama High by Michael Sokolove, which focused on real-life teacher Lou Volpe and the famed theater program at Harry S Truman High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.[1]

I’m encouraged that the same producers behind Friday Night Lights are behind this production. Recreating seminal moments such as these, ones which happened in real life, can be a tall order.

Let’s hope they have the stuff to pull it off.

Let’s hope they can rise to the occasion.

Pun intended.

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Paddington 2

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There is no good reason why Paddington 2 should be such an incredibly well made film. Apparently, someone high up at the studio decided that they would get A-List Talent, a stellar director, incredible costuming, props, and production team together to produce one of the best children’s films in years.

It currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. And for good reason, There is intrigue, heart, cleverness, strong performances, amazing score, etc.

It’s refreshing to discover a film that gets it all right. One that is there to tell a good story and entertain.

Think of it as an old-fashioned children’s book, come to wonderful, colorful life.

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The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

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Ok, so I posted about The Greatest Showman in June before the film came out. And while I enjoyed the film on the second viewing, it is really the music that has stayed with me.

The soundtrack is awesome and one can listen to from beginning to end. It currently sits at #1 on the iTunes Album chart, so clearly I am not the only one obsessed with the music.

Take a listen. Enjoy. It’s really good. In fact, “This is Me” was just nominated for Best Song at the Oscars.

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Johannes Vermeer

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Caught an article on CBS Sunday Morning with a feature on Johannes Vermeer. It was truly fascinating.

From wikipedia: Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Born: October 31, 1632

Girl with a Pearl Earring is clearly his most famous work. Check out the feature below and a sample of some of his work.

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vermeer-and-the-dutch-masters-of-genre-painting-national-gallery-of-art/