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Feb 25th, 2008 1:09 PM, 2 comments
My sister turned me on to the movie Once a few weeks back. A week after her recommendation, I watched it, and absolutely loved it. Loved it enough to immediately Google the artists, read all about them, and purchase the Once soundtrack and another album, The Swell Season, off Amazon's DRM-Free MP3 Download site (which is also awesome).

The movie was extremely inspiring, uplifting, and a generally wonderful experience. I spent a few nights last week learning how to play (and sing) one of the songs from the movie -- Falling Slowly. I've only performed it for Sharon, who hasn't given me any constructive feedback, which either means I'm god-awful at it (and she's being nice), or just average (and she's got nothing to say).

Anyway, the song won an Academy Award last night... it's all on YouTube, but if you haven't seen the movie, you shouldn't spoil it by watching the video. Kind of like how you shouldn't have listened to Jonathan Coltrane's "Still Alive" if you never played the game -- you get an exponentially more wonderful experience if you experience it after playing the game (or in this case, watching the movie).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pPe-1CBgng

Update: The twats at the Academy Awards apparently don't want videos of their show on YouTube, so I'll just paste the inspiring acceptance speech that I yanked off of the AA's web site:

Glen Hansard:
Thanks! This is amazing. What are we doing here? This is mad. We made this film two years ago. We shot on two Handycams. It took us three weeks to make. We made it for a hundred grand. We never thought we would come into a room like this and be in front of you people. It's been an amazing thing. Thanks for taking this film seriously, all of you. It means a lot to us. Thanks to the Academy, thanks to all the people who've helped us, they know who they are, we don't need to say them. This is amazing. Make art. Make art. Thanks.

Marketa Irglova:
Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we're standing here tonight, the fact that we're able to hold this, it's just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don't give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much, who helped us along way. Thank you.
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