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Music and life {rendered emotion}

I was driving home from a shoot the other day, listening to Radio 4. A rare technical fault took the talk off air for 20 seconds or so, and while they re-established order, they played some strains of a piece which has always stired my emotions. Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’. Immediately swallowed by the music, I realised I had forgotten its majesty and incredible beauty.

I had to play this for Jake this morning…he listened and he said ‘it is definitely that part in a film where someone makes a sacrifice and everyone else survives because he kept hold of the rope and was left behind…and then eaten my a bear’. I guess that epic element is what makes it so popular for film theme music…and I can see that completely.

Its different to me though. I think to me the music sounds like life. How life is for every one of us. Balancing and striving. A rare and beautiful struggle. Have a listen and see what it means for you.

- posted by Ria Mishaal

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The Devil and Midnight

“It would be easier to jot down what this man can’t do than what he can” – The Guardian

Picking music for our wedding, selecting one of my all time favourite artists, we wandered on to Nitin Sawhney’s website to see what he was doing right now. And found this. I am a little in love. With the music and the visuals. Nitin’s work is very diverse and utterly brilliant. Go listen to some it all!

- posted by Ria Mishaal

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Animation to inspire

It is haunting. Utterly arresting and beautiful. It was directed by Heidi Stohr, and animated by her, Daniel Snaddon, Chris Ntuli ansd Sifiso Motaung for City Slang Records in Germany.

I came across this music video for ‘Great White Bear’ by the band Dear Reader when Jake came back from visiting his cousins in South Africa. One of them, Daniel, had worked on the incredible animation seen here.

I absolutely love the feeling of the animation, the way the story board nature of production, the beautiful parallel stories, the tragedy and the nuances you pick up after watching in several times. A stunning production that is, well, inspiring.

- posted by Ria Mishaal

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The beauty of Zee.

Her songs are some of the most beautiful I have ever heard. To me Zee Avi‘s music captures the human condition – beauty, complexity, sadness, wry humour. Her lyrics paint the most vivid canvas, her voice a gorgeous mix of silk and gravel…this is one of my favourites.

- posted by Ria Mishaal

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Jake - June 27, 2011 - 5:52 pm

We can do it all together from the colds of the poles
to the tropics of Borneo