Monday, April 19, 2010

kind and generous

a new week and a beautiful new day! I hope everyone had a good weekend, mine I'm happy to report was mighty fine. on friday and saturday I took advantage of being 'home alone' and tackled some spring cleaning projects - always gratifying. but it wasn't all time alone purging and cleaning - friday and saturday evenings I spent with friends eating good food, visiting and getting in 'some culture.' sunday I was off to oberlin to spend the day visiting old college friends and also friends from the bloggyhood - what a kick to merge friend circles - people I've known for over thirty years and friends, met over the last few years through this wonderful world of blogging.

before I get back to my monday (read and work) I thought I'd mention a couple other highlights of the weekend. on friday I watched departures, a japanese film which I enthusiastically recommend - it is a poignant and beautifully life affirming film that focuses on the unlikely activity of preparing the dead. I don't generally watch the extras that accompany dvds but I was so taken by this film, I watched them all! the film is loosely based on the memoir coffinman: the journal of a buddhist mortician, and according to the filmmaker, the project was 'in the works' for fifteen years. incidentally, the film won an oscar last year for best foreign film - an award it richly deserved. the music accompanying the film is amazing, I need to see if is available as a soundtrack album.

other highlights of the weekend included after dinner on saturday night, anne & I stumbling on a rebroadcast of last week's debut episode of the new hbo series treme. as anne doesn't get hbo, I expect we will have to make regular dates to get together to watch the series as it unfolds (thank goodness for dvrs!!) - we were both instantly hooked, not surprising.

however, as alluded to above, the biggest and best highlight of the weekend was spending a few hours visiting with blogging buddy tut-tut and her husband who are in the area while their daughter attends the all roads lead to oberlin program the college holds for the incoming class - L spent the night in a dorm with a 'host' and next morning attended a couple classes at the college.

one last thing before I move on with the day -- for the natalie merchant fans who may not have heard, the songstress and enchantress is back after a seven year hiatus from recording. natalie's new album leave your sleep breathes new life in some old poems. I first heard of the album when it was profiled last week on npr's morning edition. you can watch natalie and her band perform an assortment of songs from this project - as the vid is from ted.com, if you click to watch, you will also hear some interesting backstory to the songs/poems - the vid is 27 minutes long, if you don't have time now, be sure to come back when you have some time to click, sit back and enjoy a lovely concert.

today's song is 'kind and generous' which natalie wrote and was released in 1998 on her second solo album, ophelia - if you watched the ted.com vid it's déjà vu all over again!



photo: detail of mural, oberlin, mural located on side of building off east lorain st, near the oberlin iga. april 2010

11 comments:

RobinB said...

Lovely, lovely post Mouse--as usual..but this one especially spoke to me. i love the mural, can't wait to see the video of Natalie, and it sounds like you had a wonderfully full weekend. Wish I could've been there watching Treme with you as we don't have HBO. Thanks for all the good vibes!

Roy said...

Definitely a Natalie fan here, but I haven't had a chance to watch the TED video yet. "Kind and Generous" was on one of the overhead music tapes we used to play at the Dansk Factory Outlet.

Daisy said...

I love that mural. Hands are such awesome things, aren't they.

maggie's garden said...

Loved Departures...beautifully done. And Natalie Merchant definitely has it goin' on! Awesome post. I've been spring cleaning...and have missed you for a bit. Glad to hear you're having 'happy' time. Somehow cleaning and purging makes me smile too! xo

Kate Hanley said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend. I'm glad to hear Treme is so good. I wish I had HBO but I'm sure I'll just add it to my Netflix queue. I so loved The Wire.

No regrets, Coyote. said...

My mum and I spent all of last week listening to that new album - I loved it. p.s. started up the blog again today

ArtSparker said...

I just watched Departures too and enjoyed its meandering pace. I was somewhat confused about the lead actor having come up with the idea 15 years previously, as he looked to be about 30 in the film.

"Tastes so good, I hate myself".

Meri said...

Really? It was a great film? Its subject doesn't entice me, but maybe I'll look for it on your recommendation. And thanks for the heads up on Natalie Merchant. Glad you had one of those fruitful weekends that makes your heart sing.

Megan said...

Aw, Natalie. Last time I saw her, she was sitting on the edge of a stage with Michael Stipe, swinging her legs and singing, singing...

Megan said...

p.s. Yay for two of my favorite bloggers, meeting each other!!!!

Subby said...

Good way to spend th' week-end :)

And thanks for the Coffinman link (wondering if I can find that one in my library? )