Friday, January 28, 2011

Time Slips Away

This is a video from the DMB DC show we went to this past summer, "the 107 degree day",beautiful singing by two great musicians.  If you havent seen Zac Brown Band you are missing out.

Recently I reconnected with someone that led to me thinking alot about my past and specifically about the last 10 years since that is when I met them.  Its funny to think but 10 years ago I was 17 going on 18 and in between a very crazy time in my life.  Changes have occured drastically in my life for the past 10 years.  What amazes me is that there are so many little insignifigant moments that stand out to me more than the big moments.  Trips to NYC and the Adirondacks, shoveling snow at POP, nights at the commons, DD's on Western Ave, spare change to Denny's, etc. these little moments were some of the most important times that stood out when I looked back.  These times seem so long ago as time slips away.  Each day that goes by is another that is lived and will become memories of moments and which ones will be important to me when I look back in another several years?  I made some drastic changes in there but it was the little things that mattered most.  People that are in your life for short times to long times can have just as profound impacts, luckily, I have experienced alot of each.  What's unfortunate is that these times dont last forever, as life is very fragile and moves very fast.  10 years ago I was turning 18 and now I am closer to 30 than 20 and either way it's less time on this earth.  What will my impact be? What will live on when I am not here? These are thoughts I have these days as life has moved fast to get here and in no way is it slowing down.  I have found a great deal of meaning in the work that I do and my experiences with the people I love but I want to do more.  I want to help more and change the world in some small way because those small ways are the ones that stand out, the ones that become big.  I was given a huge opportunity to do something with this life and as it has been made aware to me recently, this gift can be taken at any what will you do before it is too late?, before you no longer have the chance?, before time slips away.....

Monday, January 3, 2011

Black Swan

What a dark way to welcome in the new year but this was what a movie should be if you are into dark and suspenseful movies that are brilliantly directed.  I had to see this one because Natalie Portman is in it for one and the buzz around the movie is that she is a clear cut Oscar winner for this performance and after seeing it I more than completely agree, I think the previous 4 winners should give their Oscar's to her for this one performance was incredible.  Directed by the brilliant Darren Aronofsky (Requim for a Dream, The Wrestler) Black Swan is a suspensful and grippingly powerful tale of what so many of us struggle with in our life, the need to be right, to be perfect only under a magnifying glass of one of the most high stress and high pain tolerance jobs in the arts, a ballerina for the New York City Ballet.  This need to be perfect causes many things that are just abnormal and shocking, I'll let you witness it and won't spoil it here.  I was compelled by the story of the Black and White Swan's that Natalie's character struggles with as it represents alot of the dark and light, good and bad in each of us.  Sometimes it is safe to be guarded and secure and other times it is important to live and be loose giving in to a moment of uncertanty and vulnerability because that is where we discover our true selves.  I cannot say enough about the direction of this movie and the acting.  On top of all that, there is a hot love scene with Natalie and Mila Kunis, added bonus for those of us with a thing for Natalie Portman.  My wife agreed she did a beast of an acting job and should easily win the Oscar.  We got chills, had thrills, and took so much away from such a complex disturbing movie.  Absolutely wonderful.  Movie of the year, I am in a toss between Black Swan and The Fighter both are so good for so many different reasons, but I have to give it to Black Swan as I felt alot of different emotions throughout this picture, the direction, so good.  See this movie if you havent already.