The Sounds of Space Aren’t Silent

What did space sound like in 1969? ‘First Man’ composer Justin Hurwitz thinks he knows…

With ‘First Man’ in theaters, the highly-anticipated cinematic adventure that chronicles the Appollo 11 mission to the moon, has been receiving rave reviews. Perhaps this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the same director, lead actor and composer from the smash hit ‘La La Land’–Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling and Justin Hurwitz–have returned to showcase the epic story–with new sub-stories–from this groundbreaking moment (well, decade) that changed human history forever.

Speaking of ‘La La Land’ and composer Justin Hurwitz, the soundtrack of a film is a powerful force and can even define the movie itself. We all know music’s starring role in ‘La La Land.’ With any other music, movies wouldn’t be the same. The same story, feeling, and impact of a spectacular soundtrack would not be projected onto the silver screen and then into our imaginations.

While I will be seeing ‘First Man’ in the very near future, it’s now commonplace for major studios to release a couple songs early. In doing so, it surely gets fans excited. But it also provides a glimpse into the heartbeat of a movie. Since Jimmy’s Daily Planet is a spoiler-free blog, I’ve purposely chosen a non-essential song from the soundtrack.

But it’s a fascinating sneak peek sneak listen nonetheless.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “Contingency Statement” by Justin Hurwitz from the ‘First Man’ soundtrack.

Eerie and unfamiliar yet hypnotizing.

Just like space.

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Reenter Sandman

“Old school SNL” means something different to everybody. It depends on how old we are. And yet it also doesn’t matter to some extent.

Funny is funny.

There was a particular era of SNL cast members where this sentiment rings true. Chris Farley, David Spade, and Chris Rock–to name a few–created timeless, classic sketches, as well as a brand of comedy that was and is hilarious to the masses. And a bunch of this generation of SNL alums is still going strong with their brand of comedy in TV, movies and, thankfully, stand-up.

Oh, almost forgot to mention “the Sandman” himself:

Adam Sandler.

Actually, I didn’t forget. This blog post is about the aforementioned SNL generation that was very much defined by Adam Sandler. His triumphant return to the stage of stand-up comedy via Netflix will hopefully inspire a new generation of aspiring comedians to learn from a golden generation.

That would be fresh.

Happy Monday!

It’s Monday and this video will make you happy.

A sky full of stars–literally and metaphorically–is a simple luxury we often take for granted.

Don’t.

Enjoy it and, yes, dance to it.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

#SavingTheCrew and U.S. Soccer

After a year of hell, the state of soccer in Columbus–and the United States–is back on track.

This time, when Crew fans chant that #HellIsReal, it’s a good thing.

We’re ready, FC Cincinnati.

Beginning this morning, reports were pouring in essentially stating the Columbus Crew–the original Black & Gold in MLS–will be #saved.

Actually, my mom tipped me off this morning via text while I was working on an unsuspecting Friday.

A mom who loves soccer and lives in Columbus? The best damn mom in the land! 

In a joint statement, the Columbus Partnership, Jimmy Haslam, and Dr. Pete Edwards, the Crews’ team doctor, stated: “While there are many details to be worked out, our alliance is working diligently and collaboratively with [MLS] to keep the Crew in its community. We are very excited about the quiet but deliberate progress that has been made to date and will keep the community updated as this process moves forward.”

-Jeff Carlisle, ESPN U.S. soccer correspondent

A rumored downtown stadium is also in the mix.

Major props to Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine and Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein for their legal work to #SaveTheCrew. And the major part–well, all of it–for this legal effort by Mr. DeWine and Mr. Klein is the Modell Law, which basically created a window for local investors to make a reasonable offer to keep the Crew in Columbus.

Quite poetic and perfect that the owner of the Cleveland Browns will be keeping the Crew in its hometown, isn’t it?

My favorite reaction today from a Cleveland Browns perspective is that Jimmy Haslam was thinking, “If I can’t find a good kicker, then I’ll just buy a professional soccer team.”

That was well played.

Deep down in my heart, I knew the Columbus Crew would somehow stay in Columbus. What did Joe Dirt say? “You can’t have no in your heart.” And now Columbus is reenergized to reclaim its rightful place as THE soccer capital of the United States, both on the pitch and in the stands (plus on Twitter).

After failing to qualify for the thrilling 2018 World Cup, the USMNT experienced an identity crisis, among other things. With the Crew staying in Columbus–the soccer capital of the United States–American soccer and the under-construction national team has a burgeoning identity rooted in the inspiring passion and relentless dedication of its fans.

Incredible.

The next step is revealing a sophisticated, creative and surprising tactical identity. That is still in the TBD-phase as the pursuit for a new head coach continues.

With the spotlight shining brightly on Columbus, the national media will now be forced to take note that goalkeeper Zack Steffen, defensive midfielder (and frequent USMNT captain) Wil Trapp and forward Gyasi Zardes make up the spine of the new USMNT. They come courtesy of the Columbus Crew. Just to be clear. And let’s also not forget that if an American is chosen as the next USMNT head coach, it will be the detail-minded Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter.

It’s not surprising that when U.S. soccer started to plot against the Columbus Crew behind closed doors that its national team suffered similarly along a parallel path. It worked in opposite fashion in the early part of this century with Dos-a-Cero when U.S. soccer and MLS celebrated the country’s first soccer-specific stadium and all the talent that Crew Stadium was home to.

Time for the pendulum to swing back in the right direction and for the new Crew front office to be inspired by Lamar Hunt’s winning legacy. Lamar Hunt can rest a little easier in Heaven tonight.

The Crew is being saved. Imagine what could happen to the USMNT if they begin embracing Columbus again with everything–and everyone–its capital city has to offer.

P.S. For good measure: 

C-R-E-W, f*$! you, Precourt, we SAVED THE CREW!