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Keep This Song in Your Back Pocket

If only there was a device that could enable a bunch of your favorite songs to be placed in your back pocket?

Somehow, someway, Steve Jobs will forever be present in our minds…front or back.

The 2015 film Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle, was a fascinating cinematic exercise. Put simply, Aaron Sorkin adapted a screenplay from the leading book about Steve Jobs with a title of the same name by Walter Isaacson into three scenes. That was it. And the three scenes took place before a major product launch by the Apple co-founder in a behind-the-scenes kind of fashion with rapid fire conversations.

Interestingly, there were many new truthful revelations (some minor, some surprising and one absolutely mind-blowing) that occurred before the conductor took the stage in front of the spotlight to introduce his NeXT innovation.

In that same spirit, let’s take a moment this Tuesday to challenge ourselves to think different. Not to think differently, which is grammatically correct. But to “think different” as Steve Jobs charged we do (which actually is thinking differently, when you think about it). There is a song in the film that feels like the only music Steve Jobs would have listened to before a life-altering idea that wasn’t by Bob Dylan. Whether you work in an office and are allowed to listen to music (perhaps with headphones) or if you choose to listen to this song before or after work, please give the following song a try.

Who knows what inspiration this musical wonder (“Grew Up At Midnight” by The Maccabees) may spark?

Watching the movie Steve Jobs in the theater and again just recently, the one thing that’s crystal clear is that Steve Jobs was a masterfully innovative storyteller above all else. Say what you want about him (good or bad), but he changed the world.

And that is insanely great.

Just Learning to Fly

There are some songs that always rock.

Period.

Whatever is going on, good or bad, the lyrics and the beat just hits the right notes no matter what. Usually, there is a specific reason for keeping this kind of song on our top-shelf of favorites. And it’s these types of special connections that truly define the power and influence of music.

This is one of those songs:

It’s a beautiful thing.

P.S. How about that view!

The Sound of Something Familiar

“The Sound of Music” is widely considered to be one of the best (if not the best) musicals ever written and performed, both as a play and as a major motion picture in 1959 and 1965, accordingly. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer both gave unforgettable performances as Maria Rainer and Captain von Trapp in the film adaptation (plus we can’t forget about all the von Trapp children!). The movie received great acclaim with an Oscar for Best Picture.

It’s a beautifully entertaining classic now and forever into the future.

Last night, NBC attempted to revive the magic of “The Sound of Music” with a live 3-hour performance (with a commercial here and there). Favorite scenes and songs were portrayed and sung by the cast, led by Carrie Underwood, who took on the iconic task of Maria. Of course, there was “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Do-Re-Mi.” However, let us not neglect for even another second about all of us universally recalling “My Favorite Things.”

Did Carrie Underwood do well? Was the high-pressured production worth the extraordinary effort? That answer will likely vary depending on one’s allegiance to the masterful film and Julie Andrews herself, but I found myself thinking of a different adaptation last night. Well, maybe just one specific scene 20 years after the sensational release of “The Sound of Music” movie.

It came to me like a dream…

Julie Andrews vs. Chevy Chase: It’s a toss-up (not really, but both give classic performances, just for different reasons)

Happy Monday!

Halftime shows at Ohio State football games cannot be described as uneventful.

This past Saturday, while the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions were preparing for the third quarter, the Ohio State Marching Band once again had something spectacular planned.

The Best Damn Band in the Land (TBDBITL) + Hollywood Blockbusters = Awesomeness!

Happy Monday and Let Your Imagination Fly High and Run Wild this Week!