When Don Quixote Meets Crazy Italian Violinists, We All Win

For some reason, I really wanted to listen to Georg Philipp Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite (Burlesque de Don Quixotte) today. Not quite sure why, to be honest. I don’t see any windmills (or giants) on the horizon. But when I went to YouTube in search of a recording, I found it was a bit more [Read More…]

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Ennio Morricone Wrote a Mass for Pope Francis

View image | gettyimages.com On a day when I’ve spent almost all morning with the works of Ennio Morricone ringing in my ears, I find some of my greatest interests (movies, music, and my Catholicity) colliding in unexpected and gratifying ways. Because just this afternoon, I’ve discovered (thanks to Frank at YIMCatholic) that Morricone — easily [Read More…]

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SSF: “Much Better Now”

Anybody else out there with a wicked case of the Mondays? This should help. A bookmark is stuck in a forgotten book that is one day knocked over by wind. It experiences its environment by surfing the pages that turn in to ocean-waves, enjoying the ride of its life. As the book cover closes light [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Great Escape”

Colonel Von Luger, it is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them, and their sworn duty to harass the enemy to the best of their ability. A few [Read More…]

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Weathering Some Typical Wyoming Weather, Thanks to The Master Singers

“If you don’t like the weather we’re having right now,” we Wyomingites say, “wait five minutes. It’ll change.” As someone who’s a) hoping to play baseball tonight, and b) watching scattered raindrops fall outside my office windows at this very moment, I’m hoping this ol’ saw is as accurate today as ever. I’m also listening to [Read More…]

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“Share this freely with others to promote the love of Bach.”

I love this entire idea, brought to my attention by the folks at OpenCulture and (more directly) by the website of classical pianist Kimiko Ishizaka: This is the Open Well-Tempered Clavier – RECORDING AND SCORE – set free by fans like you! The download includes a 4-page booklet with cover art, and liner notes from Kimiko [Read More…]

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SSF: “Motorbike”

I picked today’s short mostly because I loved the crayon-y style. And the music. And (relatedly) the wordlessness. But the closing moment is pretty darn sweet, as well. Also, “in Photoshop,” you say? Wow. A young man on an old motorbike struggles to reach a date on time. Short film by Ari Gibson and Jason [Read More…]

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SVS: “Ernest & Celestine”

I’m too busy chasing after my kids (and watching ’em sunburn) to compose a proper Streaming Video post this week. Instead, I’m just going to toss a name out there and call it good. A name that comes from my kids (and their better-than-expected taste in animated films), come to think of it. So this whole [Read More…]

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The View From My Office Window Today

OK, so “office” might not be entirely accurate. Neither’s “window,” come to think of it. But “view’s” alright, right? Also, “sunburn.” Ouch. Attribution(s): “Vacation(s)” courtesy of my own sunburned self. [Read more…]

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SVS: “Seven Chances”

I’m kind-of on vacation right now. As much as one can be on vacation with 8 kids, anyway. So this one’s a real softball. One of my favorite films from film school. And a big part of why Buster Keaton’s my favorite silent comic. (It’s the first half more than the second half, really. The [Read More…]

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