- 2 months ago
- 3 months ago
I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb."
- 5 months ago
"'Cause everyone I know's broken, or broke, or both
And I’m sick of seeing things not turn out right."
We have to sing this in my choral conducting class and the class is an issue for me but damn this piece is beautiful.
Die Nachtigall - Felix Mendelssohn
- 6 months ago
I really wish we lived in a culture where dancing was just something you could do whenever (and however) you felt moved by music and the thought never crossed your mind that you might be judged or looked at weird or that people might think you “look stupid.” How are there such things as good and bad dancers? Who decided that was an okay thing by which to judge others? Why can’t you just do what feels right? People avoid dancing because they’d rather prevent being viewed as “bad” dancers than experience the joy that is moving to music.
And then they finally DO dance and they look totally ridiculous because their bodies aren’t used to it or comfortable with it. And that’s okay. It just makes me so sad that we’re taught to be ashamed of such a basic joy as young as age 6.
- 7 months ago