Punch Brothers, Punch
Carla Jean was so kind to introduce me to Chris Thile’s latest musical venture and, unsurprisingly, I am in love with it. It is familiar, but also very foreign – the music is much more composed… less barnyard and more Bach, if you will. It also doesn’t hurt that there is a four movement suite. Everyone loves a good suite.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sands
Carla Jean and I also bought tickets to see this duo, so I of course had to go buy the album they produced. I love Alison Krauss, but I honestly had no clue who Robert Plant was – come to find out, he was in Led Zeppelin! So, I was a little nervous about the purchase, but I must say…. this is probably one of the best albums I’ve ever owned. It is definitely blues-y, if that’s a word. But, it also has hints of Alison’s bluegrass roots. I dare to say that “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” is my favorite song on the album.
Strange things are happening everyday
I hear the music up above my head
Though the side of my heart has left me again,
I hear music above
Jack Johnson, Sleep Through the Static
All I can really say about this album is that Jack doesn’t disappoint. This album doesn’t differ too much from the rest of his albums, which is why I love it. I appreciate when some artists try new things and branch out, but Jack Johnson – to me, at least – is a genre in and of himself and if he were to change his style, the world would cease to exist.
The Green Mile
I had never seen this movie before and I must admit that I was fairly disappointed in it. When I told people it was in my Netflix queue, they always responded “What!? You haven’t seen it? You NEED to see it.” So, I thought it was going to be this life changing film… much like Shawshank. Instead, it was this peculiar plot about a man who saves people’s lives paranormally…. I was very confused.
Everything is Illuminated
I pretty much forgot this movie existed until I saw it on Netflix, so I put it to the top of my queue and watched it yesterday! I don’t exactly know how to describe it. But, it was good!
The book, not the movie. I had to read it for a class and I’m starting to think it could quite possiblybe one of my favorite books. It’s a great story for entertainment, but it goes so much deeper than that – what it means to live a life of purpose and how our inability to know the end result pushes us to make the most of what we have.
Juno and its soundtrack
Love, love, love this movie. Absolutely hilarious… I mean, genuinely funny. But it was also a very sweet movie… and I want Michael Cera to sing me to sleep every night.