It’s been a week since I last posted but then again, I don’t think I’ll be able to make a super long post to compensate.
- I’ve been falling in love with Ed Sheeran’s Album X
- I read four whole books; When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro, One Day by David Nicholls, South of the Border West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami and Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai.
- And I also picked up a new book. The 2014 Man Booker Prize Winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.
- I also watched Whiplash. That 2014 movie about Drumming in an orchestra as opposed to Drumming in a rock band.
Let’s see what else?
- I made a CV, wrote an essay and basically spent the week in total relaxation.
- Oh yes I also learnt to play the opening of Gatchaman Crowds on the piano and am currently learning how to play the opening to Anohana. I have to say that this opening is actually one of the hardest I’ve ever come across. Working out the chords and accompaniment seem like it’s take some time.
I loved When We Were Orphans. Despite my not being able to read it at a stretch for some reason, I loved it.
I liked South of the Border, West of the Sun. It was good but it honestly doesn’t seem much different from Murakami’s other works. All the same, I liked it.
One Day was also good but I guess the movie kind of spoiled the books for me. But I like the book better.
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea was okay. I’ve read Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy and The Hungry Ghosts and both those had a rawness to them that just blew me away. This was actually quite a bit more less intense and vaguely disappointing. And the themes in this book are pretty much the same as in his others so.
I mean one can only be enthralled for so long with a one-trick pony.
Whiplash was a brilliant movie. It had some stereotypical characters, the asshole of a conductor being one (how many times haven’t we seen the jerk teacher who is a jerk only because he wants to see his students succeed?) but overall, it was well produced and directed. The soundtrack, chiefly containing jazz tracks kinda blew me away and Miles Teller’s acting was brilliant.
I also kinda felt sorry for the many drum kits abused in that movie. They had blood spilt on them, they got punched in, kicked at, thrown away and basically just abused. My heartfelt thoughts go out to them.
1. Music is hard. Just plain hard. No doubt about it. You may want to be able to play the amazing song from that amazing anime you watched but the truth is, you may never figure out the chord patterns. Sniff