Eldest daughter ( going on 15) has confessed of late to not being able to concentrate on any worthwhile books sufficiently to make any headway & thus is experiencing a hiatus. She’s gone from being a prodigious ( & precocious) reader a couple of years back, to reading next to nothing aside from necessary school material. I’m pretty relaxed about it, assuming it is an aspect of adolescence, but wonder if AWers have any recommendations – snappy stuff, very funny stuff or perhaps top notch short stories ( not a form I really know) that may work as a stop gap or kick start until normal reading pleasure resumes? Cheers.
The Poster Boys podcast with Brendan Schaeffer & Sam Smith. A pair of graphic artists who do indie film posters & work for Criterion amongst others yack on about their love of graphic design & specifically about its manifestation in classic film poster work. If you can happily listen to 2 blokes wax lyrical for 2 hours on Saul Bass (& then do a part 2!) then this is the ‘cast for you. They have the knowledge & the passion & I really hope it has legs. What earbuds were made for.
My daughter is teaching herself this song (to play with her pals) on piano & prefers this version to the Dan original. Does anyone know what key it is in or if there is any sheet music available online that would shed light on the arrangement? Cheers, peeps.
Hi – stupid question time: can’t seem to figure how to put a reply under a specific post. When I’m not logged in, it clearly says ‘ log in to reply’ , when when I logged in, the ‘reply’ bit ha devilishly disappeared, so my post goes at the bottom. Please tell e what I’m failing to grasp ( wood for trees etc.) . I’m posting on an iPad if that’s relevant. Cheers.
Junglejim on How far is too far?
Enjoyed the movie Whiplash, excellent screenplay, direction and performances, and am curious on the thoughts of the Massive on what I took to be its central question: how far or can or should one go in the pursuit of excellence and whether the price paid is worth it, particularly in the field of music.
Can a mentor justify pushing a pupil to absolute breaking point in attempting to achieve ‘perfection’? Few would question this motivational approach in sports training ( particularly in endurance events), but in music? especially the branch of music featured in the film, with its unique history? And does technical prowess offer any hope of worthwhile output?
I was also taken with the fact that it centres on a jazz drummer, aspiring to the technical heights of Buddy Rich. Rich has an interesting place on the pantheon on drumming, and jazz specifically. I know nobody who questions his preeminent ability and there’s no shortage of available footage that leaves one thoroughly impressed, but I also don’t know any one who likes jazz that actually listens to his music or would put any of his albums in their personal top 10s » Continue Reading.