Specials: Sigur Ros, Kite Runner, DiCaprio/Scorsese, Wonder Whedon

Anne and I spent the weekend in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, writing and drinking coffee and reading good books. We had the privilege of spending time with Luci Shaw, a marvelous poet and an inspiration to us both. I also listened to a lot of great music.

And then I promptly LOST MY CD CARRYING CASE. Currently missing: the new Ron Sexsmith album, Bruce Springsteen’s latest, and several other current favorites. [insert much grumbling here]

Anyway, I’m finding a whole lot of comfort in an amazing new recording this morning…

The few seconds in which I fell completely head-over-heels in love with the new Sigur Rós album Takk…: Track 5, 6:30 – 7:05.

Can’t really explain why. Perhaps it was the sheer surprise of how the music morphs from one style to another to another without losing any of its enchantment.

Want to hear the whole album for free? Here ya go.

Marc Forster, director of Finding Neverland, will direct an adaptation of the popular novel The Kite Runner. Very interesting.
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Adam Walter

    It’s funny, about the same time I got interested in Whedon’s “Firefly” I picked up the first season of the Wonder Woman tv show at the library. The pilot is amazing–self-conscious cheese at its best, almost a marriage of the old Batman show humor and Mel Brooks. Later in the series, it’s amazing to see Debra Winger (her first big acting gig!) as Wonder Girl, Lynda Carter’s small, slightly chubby, less-coordinated sidekick.

  • Anonymous

    I downloaded “Takk” a few weeks ago and it has been blowing my mind ever since. I still prefer “()” over all Sigur Ros albums however. I used to fall asleep to that album every night.

    I do plan someday, by the way, to purchase on CD all the music I download. I love music, but I’m too poor right now.

  • Foolish Knight

    The album link isn’t working on my computer, do you have to sign in or something to hear the album?

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    That has to be one of the worst casting calls I have ever heard in my life!!!!! He cannot play roosevelt. He can’t. Roosevelt was a larger than life, robust man in more ways than one. He wasn’t a pretty boy. this sucks. It really does.