Wednesday April 14, 2004

While I’m procrastinating on this PWR paper, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on two things.  First of all, the Bing Wing of Green Library.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned this many times before but I love the Bing Wing.  I love the afternoon sun hitting the entrance facing the quad, I love the huge domed foyer with its creamy walls and columns and pleasing checkered floor and golden wooden doors, I love the arched windows, the iron chandeliers, the shelves of elegant, respectable books…there’s just nothing not to like. 

Second of all, the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.  So I started just being obsessed with the closing song, “Into the West.”  It is a really great song, and for some reason it really grabs me.  Something about the poignancy of the melody and Annie Lennox’s unadorned, pure vocals, and the very appropriate lyrics really appeals to me.  But I also have the rest of the soundtrack, and I have begun to appreciate it even more after seeing Return of the King for the fourth time on Sunday.  The music really helps make the film what it is, and I think it completely deserved the Oscar it got.  I’m not coherent enough to write the praise I think it deserves, and plus I need to write this PWR paper instead.  But it is very evocative and good.

[Edit: 3:05 AM]
So I have almost 800 words of this 1000-1200 word draft that is due in 8 hours.  I think I will sleep for 6 then try to write another two hundred words.  And I really will have to revise this draft because it isn’t very good, despite me being up late.  But I have been enjoying Bach cello suites, Les Miz (*sigh* so wonderful), The Secret Garden (I forgot how much I love some of the songs from that musical) and Altan (Celtic) music while I work, so the time hasn’t been totally a waste ;-).  It really is all about music.  I should take some sort of music appreciation class.  Or a class about music in film.  Or about art and art history…yay fuzziness. But not papers.  Nasty papers.

Comments 4

  1. Prismakaos wrote:

    you’ll be fine–don’t worry.  …and you do’nt want to take a music appreciation class–you think pwr papers are bad?  try writing one analyzing why music is good, based on the theory and other assorted tonal information you’re given.

    Posted 14 Apr 2004 at 15:13
  2. troglodyteking wrote:

    If you are big on soundtracks, I can recommend some really good ones (at least I think so):

    Spirited Away (by Joe Hisaishi)

    Excalibur (by Trevor Jones)

    The Princess Bride (Mark Knopfler)

    Conan the Barbarian (Basil Poledouris) – I am actually quite serious about this, it is a wonderful soundtrack, a large part of the reason Conan the Barbarian is one of my five or so favorite films.  It is pretty difficult to find, though, but I could send some mp3s your way if you want.

    Posted 14 Apr 2004 at 21:14
  3. dalazhreia wrote:

    yaay les mis!

    Posted 15 Apr 2004 at 03:27
  4. baroquemee wrote:

    Bach cello suites! Bach cello suites! Yo-Yo Ma!

    Posted 15 Apr 2004 at 11:43

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