The Kites…again

 

I don’t subscribe to many channels on Youtube, and I don’t even avidly check whatever new video the ones I do follow release every now and again.

But by all that is melodious – every time The Paper Kites upload something, I stop everything I might be doing and go check it out, fully knowing I am in for a treat.

This time again, they do not disappoint.

 

 

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Firestarter…

 

Given that winter is finally here and the temps have everyone complaining about the cold, I thought I would give you all something hot. If the 80’s vibe of the song doesn’t warm you up, then I’m sure the video will do the trick. Bow to the Queen…Miss Monae:

 

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