Oooo, tough question.I'm tempted to say Music as I have not long discovered Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith, both of which are wonderful, but I'm not sure if I could go the rest of my life without ever seeing Grosse Pointe Blank, Animal House, The King of Comedy, The Life of Brian or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ever again.I also don't think I could go for a week or two without watching Bill Hicks rip into some sacred cows in Revelations...
I know! I thought of it this morning while driving to work. I love music, which means my choice would be music, but then I was thinking about how I would never again be moved by movies like "Hotel Rwanda" (which made me curl up in a ball to cry), "The Constant Gardener," or "Cast Away". Nor would I be humored by "Goonies" or "Happy Feet". Very tough, but I still think music. I cannot ever live without hearing the sound of Van Morrison, John Mayer, or Ray Lamontagne. So Music it is. (I think I just convinced myself.)
I have found a solution!Watch only music videos. All we need now is a TV channel that is willing to try this. I think it could be quite popular.
But then your impression of the song is warped by your exposure to the video, which means the videos have to be good. (Unlike VH1 and MTV). I think I'm still sticking to music. I can do without TV or movies...I think..
I have to admit I have never seen any of the movies you mentioned (shame on me...) And until today I had only heard Van the Man from the music you listed.Kudos for the John Mayer, I downloaded a copy of Continuum last night and am listening to it as I type. Very good. I'd give it four out of five (or nine out of ten depending on which rating system you prefer.)I had heard one of Ray LaMontagne's songs (He had a hit over here with the track "Trouble") and after listening to "Til the sun turns black" all day today I have to say that I think he has a great future ahead of him.And to finish I have a recommendation for you. Find a copy of "Five Leaves Left" by a singer/songwriter called Nick Drake. It'll knock your hat off. (If you happen to be wearing one, if not it'll just break your heart into a million small bits.)Have a nice day.
First and Foremost, how is it you are from the United Kingdom but have not heard Van yet? Oh my gosh, he's my favorite. John is a very close second. (How about "Bold as Love"? Fantastic album!) and Ray's first cd titled "Trouble" was much better than his second one. You should check it out. I'm sure you'd like it. Not surprised about the movies, as they weren't the blockbusters usually produced by Hollywood. I look forward to finding the referenced album. I bet it's good.
I think we may have had a small misunderstanding... Van Morrison was the only one of the three I had heard of. (Discounting the one song I had heard of Ray LaMontagne.)I've loved Van Morrison since I was about 14 or so when my brother let me listen to "Astral Weeks" which, as you probably know, is a classic album. (I should also state that I have seen the goonies. My sister went through a phase of being bessoted with Corey Haim & or Corey Feldman and I was subjected to it many many times. Good film.)
Another singer/songwriter you may like is Tim Buckley. I got a hold of a copy of "Morning Glory - The Tim Buckley anthology" and have found it to be somewhat in the same vein as Ray Lamontagne but with a psychadelic 60's tinge to it.
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