Nostalgia in Melody

Good Morning! I hope you’ve been having a pleasant weekend, thus far, wherever you might be reading from. Over the past several days, I contemplated whether or not I should write a post regarding a movie I recently discovered and saw and after having listened to numerous songs from the soundtrack, I figured I’d be foolish not to share about it.

With that being said, several evenings ago, I was mindlessly perusing through the movie section on Netflix when a title captured my attention: Begin Again. It is a movie from 2014, starring Keira Knightley, one of my favorite actresses, Mark Ruffalo (also a favorite actor of mine), in addition to one of my favorite musicians, Adam Levine. After seeing the title, I recalled when it first arrived in theaters three years ago. I’d been interested in seeing it, given the cast, as well as the music in the film, but never got around to it. I’d forgotten about it once it arrived on DVD, but when I saw it appear on Netflix, I decided to take the leap and see what it was all about. If I remember correctly, I don’t believe the reviews of the film were all that positive, though from what I’ve often found, a lot of reviews often don’t end up matching my opinion and perspectives. We all have different tastes and experiences which color our perspectives and ultimately our thoughts on films.

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The film started off rather slow, if I’m being completely frank. It was about a half hour into it, when I had to make the decision of whether or not to let it run for slightly longer, or switch it off. I opted to continue and looking back, I’m so very grateful I persisted and gave it a chance. To this very moment, I am STILL thinking about and listening to the music from the film. In particular, one song entitled, “Lost Stars,” truly stood out to me, not only for the melody, but for the words, the words that are as meaningful as they are true, filled with poetic beauty and similes. What’s even more appealing and interesting about it is that both Adam Levine and Keira Knightley recorded their own versions of it – both of which are beautiful in their own right and it’s refreshing to have the opportunity and ability to hear it sung by both a male and female voice, given their differences in tone. The passion in the song is one that is incomparable to many songs I’ve heard today.

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Hearing “Lost Stars” in the movie led me back to a time in my teens, a time when I often sat holed up in my room, with my first-ever laptop in my bed, or sitting on the floor with the CD player listening to many of the same songs over and over again. Hearing those songs comforted me, inspired me and often touched sentiments in me I couldn’t place into words back then. Often times as an adult, I forget how powerful music can be, not only for its melody, but for it’s words. It’s easy for me to become easily distracted by the stresses and worries within my life, not realizing the ability of music to calm and soothe me, if I allow it to. Whether it is singing along, or simply listening, music has a way of leading me back to a place where I can truly believe anything is possible through effort, desire and drive.

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If you get a chance, listen to “Lost Stars” by Adam Levine and/or Keira Knightley from Begin Again, the movie. Or, take an 1hr 45 minutes (roughly) to take in the film, itself. Perhaps it will inspire you as much as it did for me.

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Keeping Strength: Wise Words Demi said

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I am a dedicated fan of morning talk shows and talk shows in general. From Good Morning America, to The Chew, to Katie, to Dr. Oz, the possibilities are endless. If I don’t catch it live, then my DVR awaits for me, eager to be watched either that evening, or an evening to come. A couple weeks ago, while watching Good Morning America, Demi Lovato, the nationally-renowned singer/songwriter, was announced as the guest, that particular morning. To confess, in years past, I was not the biggest Demi Lovato fan. When I looked to her, I saw her as a cheesy, manufactured, Disney popstar, however, as I came to hear of her story and truly listened to her strong, determined, powerful voice, I saw her in a different, positive and respectful light. Today, she is one of my favorite musicians and role models.

She has battled her own inner demons, family perils, among others, and still has managed to overcome it, and manages it each day. She stated while on Good Morning America, that she is often asked by her fans how she maintains her recovery from an eating disorder and addictions and finally decided to place her advice and coping mechanisms into book form. Therefore, one of her main reasons for appearing on the talk show that morning, was to introduce and disclose her brand new book entitled, “Staying Strong 365 Days a Year.” However, it is not in typical “book form.” Rather, it is a book arranged by each day. Each day is introduced with a quote from a famous/influential individual (Dr. Seuss and Maya Angelou, to name a few), in addition to Demi’s perspective for choosing the quote and a goal for the day. These goals and quotes are both inspiring and truthful. In fact, I can usually find at least something to relate to in all the goals and quotes for the day and while it might not be exact, I still empathize, appreciate it, and perhaps even share it with others who might be able to relate more closely to it.

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After hearing her speak of the book, her motivations behind it, and her own personal goals, I just knew that instant I had purchase the book and so I did. Thanks to good old Amazon.com, Demi’s book sat on my doorstep the very next morning (and I didn’t even have to pay extra for advanced shipping!) Though I do occasionally forget to consult the book each day, when I do happen to remember, I’m always so thankful and hopeful. It surely does serve it’s purpose, comforts me and lets me know I am not alone, despite how I might feel. There is always someone out there who can relate and who has made it out successfully, on the other side. Sometimes, just reading Demi’s book provides me with “food for thought,” or at least an alternative perspective for thinking about situations and life, in general.

Whether you’re a Demi Lovato fan or not, or aren’t all that familiar with her, her new book, “Staying Strong 365 Days a Year,” is worth checking out. Plus, on days when you might need more comforting or inspiration than others, take it from me when I say it, turning to that particular day’s page, always seems to hold something I can relate to at that moment.

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QUESTION: What do you do or read when you are seeking inspiration or comfort?