Film score composer Thomas Newman is one of my favorite music genius. It’s amazing to view his Imdb credentials and well, I can’t help but notice that he does not have an Oscar yet. Why not? He’s conducted so many mega films.
So when I watched Spectre last weekend on Hulu, I was reminded why his work inspires me. Of course, all the scenes in the movie were clearly intense, but have you ever paid attention to the music composition that goes along with it?
It’s not surprising that my favorites from the soundtrack coincide with some of my favorite scenes in Spectre. This one in particular…Out Of Bullets, where Bond is lovingly gazing into the eyes of Madeline when she tells him she can’t stay. She can’t be apart of his world. It’s such a heartfelt moment for these characters (sigh).
The ending of Spectre is also one of my favorite and perhaps the best in all of the Bond films. That’s my opinion.
I love this track so much. I just wish it went on longer. Listening to this song reminds me of Iceland also, especially during the dark winter season. And I’ll admit to you that I actually meditate to this as well. Yes…it’s that relaxing. So put your headphones on and close your eyes for this one.
A week ago I had the opportunity to visit Washington DC.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from this trip and how much I’m grateful for the history in our nation’s capital. There were so many amazing historical sites and museums to visit, so it was really difficult to tailor it down in one blog post.
The weather in D.C was a bit chilly at…42 degrees. I’m glad I brought my down winter coat with me because it would later snow in the week. On the day I arrived it was actually very beautiful and sunny. I spent a week there, and had approximately three days before the snow would arrive. That meant I needed to plan ahead and take advantage of the warmer weather and visit as much of the outdoor sites as I could. I’m a big cold weather chicken.
My first stop was the Vietnam Memorial. I went there early in the morning where it was less crowded. At the Vietnam Memorial, it was a sad moment, mixed with a reverent and peaceful feeling. The names on the wall…were those who sacrificed their life. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to pay my respects to them. It was a very humbling experience for me.
The Lincoln Memorial.
Walking up the steps towards a beautiful Greek style temple gave me a sense of historical nostalgia. Inside was the statue of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The first thing I noticed was the expansive space that surrounds Lincoln. It’s an incredible site to see the massive stone sculpture up close.
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, you face the Washington Monument, which would be an even more beautiful site had the Cherry Blossoms bloomed. I can only imagine.
I also managed to visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The architecture design was breathtaking as well.
A visit to the Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Just as I got to the top steps for this photo, I managed to witness the changing of the guards.
I spent my last few days visiting the Smithsonian and of course, my favorite…the National Gallery of Art.
Sketches by Pablo Picasso.
There are so many museums in the city, and they are all free. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Washington D.C, be sure to also check out the African-American Museum, The Holocaust Memorial Museum, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the United States Capitol.
Before I left D.C though, I managed to get one more final glimpse of the Washington Monument…this time with snow falling. Beautiful!
It’s officially Spring! In my neck of the woods, I’m seeing new flowers blooming and the grass turning green. It’s a welcome sight. This time of year also means that I’ll be cleaning and freshening up my living spaces. I can’t wait!
Here are my 5 links I love for this week. Have a great weekend!
This is fascinating : The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Child Inventor Louis Braille. Guess what he invented?
I discovered these healthy slow cooker recipes. Perfect for busy or just lazy days.
I’m going to miss this place. It was a week of whirlwind museum and historical outings.
Here’s a photo of the Washington Monument the day before it snowed for me. The cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom, and then the next day-GONE! The snow was beautiful to look at, but then again -I thought about the cherry blossoms!
The museums were my ultimate favorite. I could literally just stay there all day and night long. I walked the galleries and took in beautiful art and then walked to the Thomas Jefferson monument and admired the stone architectural designs. I’ll share more of my visit throughout the next few weeks. Right now, there’s so much goodies I have to unpack from my trip.
It’s Friday and I’m excited for this weekend. I’ve been very good at keeping up with positive habits… such as sticking to my office hours and learning to relax when I’m away from writing and researching. It’s interesting to see these habits become real changes.
Also, the weather is getting warmer and I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors. What about your weekend plans? No matter what you plan to do this weekend…make it a great one!
Spring is almost officially here. I can’t wait! I’m already wearing my favorite floral scent.
I’m usually up… at 5…but for some reason I got up at 3 this morning.
Which was probably meant to be since I woke up to check my emails and find two rejections from agents I was hoping to work with. They were both sent out on Friday, so I’m kind of glad I didn’t see them before the weekend. One agent is from the “Rolls Royce” of literary agency. I can’t even believe I thought I was good enough to even query them.
…so I really need this Monday Motivation.
Rejections are painful and depressing. I lost count of how many I have. I think it’s somewhere over 60 agents. It may sound silly but when you have a goal you want so bad or a dream to achieve, it doesn’t sound silly to you.
I keep thinking about quitting my writing and getting another job… or two… or something. But then again I think about the time when I was sitting in a room with hundreds of business women at a convention, dreaming about achieving an award from the company I worked for. I went home from that convention, planning, creating, mapping out my goals, and returned the next year to receive three business awards out of the entire company. So I know I can do this.
I need to FOCUS on my goal.
Block out all the negatives.
I’m not going to cry and let these rejections ruin my week. I don’t have any more tears left. Maybe there is some good that will come out of this. It’s hard to tell what’s going to happen when you’re standing in the fog, but for some reason I feel like it’s meant to be..for now.
So it’s back to dreaming, planning, creating, writing, and submitting…
Right now I need some happiness and I’m encouraging myself by listening to Gotye. His work always motivates and inspires me.
Gotye…have you ever read his song lyrics? He’s an incredible artist who has a brilliant mind when it comes to piecing words together. His music videos are another work of art as well.
Two of my favorite Gotye songs are: Giving Me A Chance, and Save Me.
I hope my song selections will uplift and inspire you as well. So put on your headphones and enlarge the screen for these.
Save Me Lyrics
In the mornings
I was anxious
It was better just to stay in bed
Didn’t want to fail myself again
Running through all the options
And the endings
Were rolling out in front of me
But I couldn’t choose a thread to begin
And I could not love
‘Cause I could not love myself
Never good enough, no
That was all I’d tell myself
And I was not well
But I could not help myself
I was giving up on living
In the morning
You were leaving
Traveling south again
And you said you were not unprepared
And all the dead ends
Were fading from your memory
Ready for that lonely life to end
And you gave me love
When I could not love myself
And you made me turn
From the way I saw myself
And you’re patient, love
And you help me help myself
And you save me,
You save me,
You save me
Giving Me A Chance Lyrics
You know I never want to let you down
It cuts me up to see you sad
And I wish that I could undo what I’ve done
Give back the faith in me you had
You know I love you more than anyone
But I get a little wrapped up in myself
But you know I never want to do you wrong
Bring into question what we have
I know I let you down
I know I let you down
But you’re giving me a chance
Yeah it’s Friday! Time to clean up my desk and relax.
Here are my 5 favorites this week. Have a great weekend!
Something To Read: Check out Bruce Lee’s never before revealed Letters and Unpublished Book Drafts. I always knew Bruce Lee had a way with words, and now we discover that he was indeed a prolific writer. I’m looking forward to discovering more of his literary works!
Something To Eat: I’m always on the look out for new recipes to test out. Japanese Food Beyond Sushi sounds very enticing . This is a great article from Whole Foods.
Something To Do: If you’re ever in Alabama and in search of a beautiful hiking and recreation park, be sure to check out Cheaha State Park. They have one of the best scenic restaurant that overlooks an incredible mountain view.
For this Friday’s post I thought I would share with you this beautiful video of Wyoming.
The first time I visited Wyoming was when I was ten years old. My parents took my sister and I there to visit Yellow Stone National Park. It was such a beautiful road trip because we also got to visit Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. All those beautiful states! Now that I live near the beach, I miss those mountains.
This video I’m sharing is a time-lapse. I love time-lapse videos because it reminds me of how the earth is really moving and transforming itself as time passes on. Have you ever thought about that?
I hope you’ll take five minutes to enjoy this video. It’s very relaxing.