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The Piano and things to come… January 21, 2009

So today is Jan. 21st which means tomorrow is Jan. 22nd – the day that Oscar Nominations are being announced, which means I’m excited. I’m in the process of viewing all of the films that will be up for significant awards. I’ve seen several, and I will begin posting reflections on them as well as opinions/predictions of the Oscars and the Independent Spirit Awards that will be held Feb 22nd and 21st respectively. First up will be a film that fared reasonable well at the Golden Globes and also has what seems like a 2 to 1 “F”-bomb to normal word ratio. Quite an impressive feat!

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Until then…Here is a very short animation video I’d like to share that is absolutely beautiful. The video by Aidan Gibbons is built around the main theme of Jean-Pierre Juenet’s wonderful 2001 French film Amélie that was composed by Yann Tierson. It very delicately shows a man in the twilight of his life looking back on the passage of time. Very touching. I hope you all enjoy.
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7 Responses to “The Piano and things to come…”

  1. brent Says:

    ahhh! i’ve seen that animation before, and loved it.

    and yann tiersen is one of my most absolute favourite composers. he’s done a lot of collaborations too, such as bowie covers with neil hannon from the Divine Comedy, and this piece:

    (watch for the surprise ending 🙂 i really like the way all of the “things” the man turns on fall into the rhythm of the song.

  2. brent Says:

    by the way, the name of that piece in the animation is “Comptine d’Un Autre Été,” or “<> of Another Summer”.

  3. john ross Says:

    Beautiful.

  4. brent Says:

    oh, whoops, my first comment didn’t post!

    basically, yann tiersen is one of my absolute favourite composers. he’s done really neat collaborations, like david bowie covers and one of my favourite pieces of his, “geronimo”, with neil hannon (frontman to the divine comedy [1]), and other pieces such as this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do_HpqILPLo [2]

    p.s. the thing i posted in that last comment inside the brackets didn’t seem to show up. basically there isn’t really a proper english translation for “comptine” but it’s a sort of song for children. the closest thing we have in english is “nursery rhyme”

    [1] – check them out, they’re a bit like the doors, paul anka, the national etc. in varying amounts. you can catch a couple of their songs on youtube, such as:

    [2] not only is this song simply wonderful alone, but the surprise ending in the video really makes me chuckle. i love how all of the things the man turns on fall inside of the rhythm.

  5. brent Says:

    oh, whoops, my first comment didn’t post!

    ugh. wordpress seems to keep stripping my comments if they have URLs in them. i’ll have to mangle them a bit. if you can’t figure out how to go to them, ask bekah and i think she may be able to help you.

    basically, yann tiersen is one of my absolute favourite composers. he’s done really neat collaborations, like david bowie covers and one of my favourite pieces of his, “geronimo”, with neil hannon (frontman to the divine comedy [1]), and other pieces such as this:
    http://tinyurl.com/p764p [2]

    p.s. the thing i posted in that last comment inside the brackets didn’t seem to show up. basically there isn’t really a proper english translation for “comptine” but it’s a sort of song for children. the closest thing we have in english is “nursery rhyme”

    [1] – check them out, they’re a bit like the doors, paul anka, the national etc. in varying amounts. you can catch a couple of their songs on youtube, such as:
    http://tinyurl.com/amvjqc
    http://tinyurl.com/4e4cu5

    [2] not only is this song simply wonderful alone, but the surprise ending in the video really makes me chuckle. i love how all of the things the man turns on fall inside of the rhythm.

  6. brent Says:

    ohhh i think i know why.

    at first they didn’t post immediately; i think they were being moderated because of the URLs.

    then i went around them and did the tinyurl thing…

    feel free to delete the dupes ❤ thx cousin


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