Fuel for running

When Mixcloud throws a fastball…and you just happen to catch it:

 

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TBT – cover edition

 

In the on-line debate about who covered Massive Attack’s Teardrop better (versions counting fan favorites such as Elbow, Aurora, Incubus, Jose Gonzales,etc) one answer always surfaces above all others as a clear winner. I’ll let you be the judge of it:

 

Infectious little summer bug

 

Heard this one a few times as the TV tuned to commercial breaks…finally had the inspiration to turn Shazam on once I heard it in the coffee shop this morning. Glad I found it:

 

Proud papa

 

You know you did not completely mess up as a parent when the 2 year old sitting in the backseat asks you to crank up the volume just as Childish Gambino is about to drop some sweet, funky, old school vibes and then she starts “rocking to the beat”.

She’ll be alright…

 

Perfection in storytelling

 

How do you describe the best game you have ever played?

You don’t. Words would never do it justice. And words actually refuse to materialize because all that is left is the silence and the void left by the fact that no matter how many more times you decide to replay it, that first pass through the game is still iron-branded in your mind.

You won’t enjoy this game. You will struggle with your feelings each time you grab that controller and progressing through the post-pandemic world that Naughty Dog created. A beautiful yet deadly world. You will evolve at the same time as your protagonists, or you will watch them die. As the game unfolds, you will witness the decay of human values whilst at the same time wonder at the way nature has regained control of cities where man is no longer in control.

But most importantly, you will forge a bond with the main characters and will invest emotionally in each chapter that brings you closer to them and allows you to sympathize with the choices they are forced to make. There are few lines left to cross for Joel whilst Ellie’s coming of age is brutally fast forwarded by the events that occurred even before her birth.

The Last of Us is a beautifully crafted story of dreadful events. A masterpiece in writing, acting and choice of music.

To celebrate it, here is a playlist inspired by it:

 

 

PS – thank you to @mtteo for the idea of coming up with a musical mix

 

I’ve been living under a rock…

Or at least this is how I feel each time a random click on YouTube takes me to a new musical discovery. Tonight more than ever, I was stunned. It was one of the rare moments when you can’t help but think you’ve just witnessed one of the greatest live performances you’ve never known of.

They are named Above and Beyond and they have just made it into my favorites list.

I am grateful for this and hope it fills your heart with hope – somehow, it did just that for me:

My contribution to TBT

They call it Throw back Thursdays and it’s essentially an excuse to dig-up some funky items from ones past. Here’s my musical flashback for today – a tune that dates back to the golden days of MTV…I can still remember the original video and how I used to turn up that huge color TV that my dad bought on a whim…Damn, I miss the 90’s…

New beginnings…again

Yup, today was the first page of a new chapter. And I have to say – thinking of the kind of future this would bring makes me smile with optimism.

This is most likely why I am more inclined to listening to some of Maggie Rogers uplifting tracks. Here it is – hope it brightens your day as it did mine: