Movie Review: Super 8 With the summer finally here and free time being a part of my schedule again, I’m hoping to get out and see more movies. And of course because I have a blog that means I’m automatically entitled to be a movie critic right? Anyways, I went out and saw Super 8 last night and have to say I was impressed by it. It had a good story line but I kept thinking about ET the entire time I was watching it. It had kids on bikes and an outcast alien who just wants to go home all during a similar time period that ET was set in. Once I was able to get into the movie itself though I was sucked into Super 8’s story line. Of course it was filmed well, I mean it better be if both JJ Abrams AND Spielberg produced it. The characters were great and I really appreciated the slight humor during some of the more dramatic scenes. Overall I give it a 4 out of 5. Its not something that I would go out and pay to see again, but I’ll definitely watch it again once it comes to Netflix.
"Now there are very few rules to improv but one of the things I was taught early on is that you are not the most important person in the scene. Everybody else is. And if everybody else is more important than you are, you will naturally pay attention to them and serve them. But the good news is, you’re in the scene too. So hopefully to them you are the most important person and they will serve you. No one is leading, you’re all following the follower, serving the servant. You cannot win improv. And life is an improvisation. You have no idea whats gonna happen next and you’re mostly just yanking ideas out of your ass as you go along. And like improv you cannot win your life. Even when it might look like you are winning.For instance I have my own show, which I love doing, full of very talented people who are eager and ready to serve me. And that is great. But at its best I am serving them just as hard. And together we serve a common idea. In this case the character Stephen Colbert who its clear isn’t interested in serving anyone. And a sure sign that thing are going well is that no one can remember who’s idea was who’s. Or who should get credit for what jokes. Though naturally I get credit for them all. But if we should serve others, and together serve some common goal or idea, for any one of you, what is that idea? And who are those people? In my experience, you will truly serve only what you love. Because service is love made visible. If you love friends, you will serve your friends. If you love community, you will serve your community. If you love money you will serve your money. And if you love only yourself, you will serve only yourself and you will have only yourself. So no winning. Instead, try to love others and serve others. And hopefully find those who will love and serve you in return.”
-Stephen Colbert’s speech to the Class of 2011 at Northwestern University
With two weeks left until Guatemala I’m still just shy of reaching my goal for support. I’m getting excited for the trip and can’t believe how quickly its gotten here. I still have a lot of mental preparation to do…
Funerals are always tough to go to. No matter how prepared you are for them, something will always hit you emotionally that you weren’t prepared for. Today I went to the funeral of one of my mom’s good interpreting friends. She had battled cancer for a long time but died due to heart complications. What made this funeral so different was that she was an awesome interpreter who influenced everyone around her. There were deaf people everywhere and I always enjoy talking with people I haven’t seen in a while. Normally at something like this there would be an interpreter, but instead there was a pastor who also was a part time interpreter who gave the eulogy. I was extremely impressed at the end because not only because he was a great interpreter but the eulogy he gave was inspiring. Here’s what struck me the most.
He talked about how everyone has seen a tombstone and seen the dates that are always engraved on them. The person’s birth date and the date that they died. While these two are important, he wants us to focus on the dash between those two dates. What they did with their life. He challenged everyone there to think about how they would be remembered and what people would think about when they look at their dash in the future. Are we going to live a normal, mundane life or are we going to try to live a life full of encouragement and inspiration like Libby did. This really hit home for me. I’ve always tried to be encouraging to others, but I realized that as of lately that part of me has started to fade because other things have become a priority. It made me realize that I need to get back to being the encouraging person I used to be so that when people think about my dash, they will remember a life of encouragement instead of a life of someone who was too busy for others. And now I challenge you, how is your dash going to be remembered?
Rainy days usually kind of suck, but today is an exception. I passed my motorcycle license test AND found out that I got a 3.9 during my last quarter of college. Yup, I’d say its been a pretty good rainy day.
I have some absolutely amazing friends and family. This weekend has been extremely surreal but its made me realize even more how blessed I am to have such amazing people in my life right now. I couldn’t ask for better parents, I honestly don’t know where I would be without them.
I just finished my last shift at CCM. Its a bittersweet moment, as most of this quarter has been. Knowing that better things are ahead but still wanting to enjoy what I’ve grown to know. CCM has been an amazing place to work. Not only is it one of the top ranked music schools in the country but the people that I’ve worked with have been awesome. Over the past 5 year’s I’ve had the opportunity to work during some amazing shows, be a part of some major events and also was able to see and hear some top notch performances/music. Being able to work behind the scenes and also in front of the scenes with the patrons and people that come to watch has been a lot of fun. I know that there’s something better coming my way, but for now, its time to say goodnight to one last time to CCM. I’ve been truly blessed to have worked here and I can only hope that I made some sort of positive impression on the younger students that I helped train this year.
If you ever get the chance to come see any show at CCM, make sure to take a minute and talk to one of the house managers. They’re great people and always up for a good conversation. And if you’re ever around campus at night, make sure to walk through the CCM circle. The scenery is beautiful and hopefully you’ll be able to hear someone practicing in Memorial. Whether its a classical piece for piano or a jazz piece for the saxophone, I guarantee the atmosphere that you’ll walk through will be worth the short trip.
So my friend and church’s worship leader has been working on a solo album. He’s a very talented singer and song writer. I got the privilege to hear him play through his entire album a couple weeks ago and I was extremely impressed with what I heard. The whole time I was listening I could not stop thinking about how felt that these songs would be played all across the country some day. Maybe its just wishful thinking but its going to be a powerful album. Its called A Love Better Than Life by Brandon Gilliam and will be out this fall. He just released an EP which can be found here: http://store.brandongilliam.com/album/a-love-better-than-life-ep. I’d love it if you would check it out and let me know what you think!
I’m taking a the next couple days off of Tumblr to focus on my thesis presentation Monday. I also realized that I didn’t eat anything until about 6pm because I was working on my DAAPworks poster. Yup, only 6 more days.
Best last day ever. Today was probably the best last day I could have asked for. It started by meeting up with my good friend Dan to study for our exam. Which was my last final exam, ever. Which just happened to be over the music of the Beatles. Yes, I took a music of the Beatles class and it was AWESOME. Then we and my other friends Andy, Anne and Robbie went out for a beer (it was the afternoon, not morning haha). After that I went to my next class, where the professor was talked into getting rid of our last assignment and then told an awesome joke before letting class out early. He’s also my favorite professor so that made things even better. And for my last class, we watched a movie. All in all its been a pretty sweet final last day. Its weird to think my college career is coming to a close. The only thing that stands between me and graduation is my thesis *bum bum BUM*