My husband and I were curious about La La Land and the rave reviews that came with it. We love musicals and also recalled the “La-La-Land-wins-oops-doesn’t-win” Oscar awards. Because we don’t go out to movies often, we will buy ones we want to watch from iTunes. (So locked in, I know.) Thus, La La Land was added to our library and we watched it over the weekend.
I was intrigued by the direction of the movie, the cinematography, how Ryan Gosling learned how to play piano in six months, and the mix of retro and current times. (By the way, why don’t they use their cell phones to communicate?) The movie was very entertaining, but I was not moved, as I thought I would be.
I guess for me, emotions are a necessary part of music. The singers, instrumentalists, the dancers…they feel the music, pour that out to me so I also feel. They can be super-fantabulous singers, sing the pants off anyone, but these days, when singers are mixed to perfection, the emotion is polished out. I don’t hear the voice that’s in desperation or hear the joy bubbling out. I want to hear a performer that is absolutely committed to the song and it’s words, whether deep, profound, or completely silly and comedic.
After watching La La Land, I decided to watch The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. I haven’t seen it in many, many years, but the songs are ingrained. I still loved it and I had forgotten that the songs were originally written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Musical geniuses!
When I was younger, the songs I liked were Do-Re-Mi and My Favorite Things. Yesterday I found a renewed appreciation for the intro song, The Sound of Music. I hope you all can have a place where your heart can be refilled and I’ll leave you this time with this:
I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I’ve heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I’ll sing once more