Digging Deep With Sam And Kent

It’s quite funny how the things I least expect are the ones that stay with me for quite awhile.

 

I previously mentioned that ‘Before I Fall’ is the least likely film I’d watch. If I’d seen the trailer before picking it up, I would have surely thought: ‘Oh…that was THAT film…’ — and just move on to other films.

 

Now here I am months later after falling into the rabbit hole (okay maybe ‘visit’ rather than ‘fall’ is a better term), and I’m still finding out things to explore. That is after reading (leafing through then eventually reading more and more bits) the book, writing a pilot pitch (I’m in the process of updating the next draft), having an iteration of Kent appearing in a post about finding the right connections, and three tracks will eventually appear in 2017’s album release (TBA for link and track details).

 

The post that triggered yet another exploration is this one about ‘the heart‘. I found it while sending a fellow writer some questions I think I should be asking while in the process of finding the best version of my pilot pitch.

 

Then I started to wonder about the kind of stories that have pulled me in:

  • Homeland – Carrie continually trying to find her best self (through lots of frustrations and betrayals) while adding value to the world in doing what she does best (unearth terror plots). I initially thought it was the storytelling (which I realise is of course common in stories I feel drawn to), and not I’m reminded that it’s a surface thing, that there’ll always be something that runs deeper that keeps me watching.
  • The Good Wife – How dangerous it is to sit on the fence, and not make a decision. Which means you’ll likely lose out on something special. Alicia has made a number of decisions through the 7 seasons of the show, but seem to hesitate to make ones relating to her marriage (stay or go?).
  • Better Call Saul – what’s it like when you don’t have your suit of armour yet? It now makes it easier to see why ‘Better Call Saul’ would appeal to me more than ‘Breaking Bad’…it’s because the characters in ‘Breaking Bad’ mostly had their ‘suit of armour’ (for Jimmy it was having ‘Saul Goodman’ as his persona). Another thing I enjoy about the show is Jimmy coming up with different (creative) solutions to the challenges life throws at him.
  • Rectify – Daniel journeys to find himself (while getting out of his self-destructive mindset because he has let other people define who he is…which sometimes makes him blind to the people who care for him and who are willing to give him a leg up) and understand that he is worthy.

 

 

As for Sam and Kent. I think there is something magical about having someone in your life who is able to tell you (without fear) that you are better than what you’re doing right now. Someone who’s able to give you a different (usually more helpful) perspective on events.

 

Here’s an exchange from the film:

Sam: Is that the one we used to sit in?

[Kent looks behind him at the trees outside his window. He smiles and nods]

Kent: Yeah. Yeah we did.

[He looks back at the trees again]

Kent: Do you uh…remember climbing up it? And then you jumped out and sprained your ankle?

Sam: I was stupid.

Kent: It was very ambitious

 

Sam certainly has gone through something slightly different than Daniel (though still brings it’s own trauma), so I think that’s one of the things that I wanted to explore (other than: ‘well I just wanted to know what happens to Sam and Kent when they are both 44’) was how she would get over ‘not being good enough’, particularly as Kent’s life partner.

 

As with the saying ‘jokes contain a modicum of truth in them’, I’m keen to apply that perspective in future viewings (and readings!), not only to help understand what goes on in my head a bit better — also connect better the people I cross paths with….so I can approach incidents like this much better than I have in the past.

 

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The Best Way To Stay Present

While in the process of writing the second draft of a guest post about my thoughts on my spiritual journey in relation to the film ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ I caught myself before getting fully lost in my own thoughts: ‘Wow…I’m not thinking of any other thing at the moment. I’m totally immersed!’

 

Whether that means that I might drop off the time spent on making music….I don’t know. I do know that music is still a bit part of my life. I recently felt my heart swell a tad while listening to an arrangement of Adele’s ‘Hello’ by an orchestra (I couldn’t find the version I saw on SBS though this one sounds similar to that arrangement).

 

Could that mean that I’ll be more of a listener (maybe the music discovery project might take the front seat more?)? For now, I think what I’m supposed to do with that reminder is to keep track of those moments when I am able to easily be present in what I’m doing

 

It’s one thing to find out that I need solitude to recharge, and another to find out what kind of ‘activities in solitude’ helps the most. It may turn out to be a combination of G rated clips from The Graham Norton Show and running through my to-do list (particularly the ones that have me working with specific constraints: may it be addressing notes from an editor or trying to mesh two ideas together to birth a unique one)

 

 

 

 

 


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Thinking Music

Somehow I am able to get a lot of thinking done while listening to Jack Johnson Albums.

 

How’d I go about my discovery? I was letting the car idle while parked so I could do my monthly running the warm then cold A/C for approximately 10-15 minutes each cycle. I noticed that as I let my thoughts run free…I kept getting ideas to progress projects I was working on (plus ideas for new projects!). I then looked at what was playing then realised I was listening to one of Jack’s album (It might have been ‘Bushfire Fairytales’)

 

Probably not good for ‘driving music’ for me. 🙂

 

After having that revelation, I decided to make a similar scale for music:

  • Music ImmersionJose Gonzales: Veneer (I first found out about him when he did the score for ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ — I was mesmerised by the end credits song probably because not only did it ‘feel’ and ‘sound’ like it was an extension of the film…the lyrics also made me feel so optimistic about the next hour, day, month, and years…).
  • Idea Generation Music – Will have to do some testing, so far Jack Johnson’s albums fit here.
  • Repetitive Tasks – I mix reviewing Deezer’s 40 million tracks (in the process of setting up a mailing list for this project — so you can easily sign up for updates!), to find tracks that I’d be keen to add to my ‘Music Immersion list’
  • Conversation Background – just something to cancel out the sound so there is less chance of being overheard by others. Somehow a mix of Electronic Dance Music and Songs with Motivational Lyrics fit here.
  • Focus – Quiet

 

 

What I found what works best, is if my attention ends up wandering — I add something to do (so the tasks gets varied in a way), so one way I ‘fill’ those moments is to have a Deezer mix playing (which I sift through, finding which ones that would get reviewed later, and others to flag so it doesn’t show up in that particular mix again!)

 

 

What about ‘driving music’ you ask? Oh I still am working on that one! Because it has to be something that forces me to be always looking out on the road. My rule is that even if something comes on that don’t like listening to, I’d wait until I was at the lights before changing the track or folder (or parked if I needed to switch CDs or fiddle with an externally connected audio device).

 

Have you found some of the albums that makes you more productive?

 

 

 


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