I love DisneyBound so much it is ridiculous!
My perfect Easter would consist of receiving one of these. Heart!
Those that fell in love with the 2007 indie film, Once, will be happy to learn that the theatrical adaptation is Broadway bound next year.
The thought of this poetic film turned into a Broadway musical has left me with mixed feelings. “Falling Slowly” and “When Your Mind’s Made Up” have become two of my all time favorite songs. The thought of more people falling in love with these makes me elated, but I fear what changes they will make to the story. Part of the charm of Once is how authentic everything about the story feels. The love story in particular feels authentic because…well, it is! The actors fell in love while filming and are still together. Recreating that kind of chemistry, no matter how good the actors, is impossible.
But, I can see the fun that can be had with a musical like this. It would call for a simpler, low key staging. I picture it being very similar to a staging of The Last Five Years (which is one of my favorite musicals). We’ll see how they produce it, but we can hope for the best.
We learn more from making mistakes than getting things right. Sometimes, as an artist, putting your work out in the world is difficult. I know I find it a daily struggle. When you put your heart and soul into something, its hard to even think of people judging it.
But with out going through the process of rejection and criticism, we cannot grow. Those things cause us to either stick by artistic choices or re-examine and recreate a piece into something bigger and better than what we had imagined.
I love looking back on a project and realizing it is more than I could have ever initially conceived. And all those rejections, they become stories for ourselves and others to give as examples of perseverance.
This stop motion animation music video is incredible. The amount of time and detail that went into making an entire background out of jelly beans is inspiring. Having a video that takes 2 years to shoot, that takes dedication. And maybe that’s what I like most about stop motion animation, you can’t just throw everything together in a few weeks for a shoot. Animations take years of hard work just for the initial shooting of the film.
So, why do it? I look at videos like this one and I do often ask myself, was it really worth all the work and effort for a 3 minute music video? And then I am disappointed with myself for thinking that convenience should be favored over beauty and art. Anything worth doing is worth doing well and with a passion and devotion. To have the smooth movements that this film does, it must have had both.
The song is also catchy and worth listening to multiple times. Kina’s voice and soft style make her pop and want to listen to her song. But it’s really the animation that makes you want to put it on repeat.
I turn this video on most mornings when I am getting ready for my day. I enjoy the studio versions of these songs, but there is something inspirational about a giant crowd sing-a-long! Even through a You Tube video you can feel the crowd’s energy.
Sex on Fire is also one of my personal favorites to sing-a-long too in a crowd. Now, I haven’t seen Kings of Leon live, but I have seen cover bands play their music, and what person in there 20s hasn’t been at a club where they played this? Audience participation is fun and this song has a lot of it!
So, watch the video, sing and dance with the audience, and enjoy being a part of something that I have made a daily routine to get me pumped up for the day!