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crazy heart and the “critique”

January 25, 2010

First, I want to say something about artistic critiques because I will make lots of recommendations on this blog, and I’ll definitely give my opinion on things, but I set it forth as a personal experience and not at all as any kind of pseudo-professional critique. I think my feelings on the role of the critic  are best summed up in an excerpt from the classic book Letters to a Young Poet. In the third letter the poet Rainer Maria Rilke writes:

“Let me ask you right here to read as little as possible of aesthetic critiques. They are either prejudiced views that have become petrified and senseless in their hardened, lifeless state, or they are clever word games. Their views gain approval today but not tomorrow. Works of art can be described as having an essence of eternal solitude and an understanding is attainable least of all by critique. Only love can grasp and hold them and judge them fairly. When considering analysis, discussion, or presentation, listen to your inner self and to your feelings every time.”

I agree fully and take very little to heart from professional critiques of music, film, literature, etc. After all, (as the near proverb goes) Rolling Stone panned every one of Led Zeppelin’s albums…  People used to tell me, when my interest in music and music history was bourgeoning that I should write reviews and submit them to papers and such but I just know that I could never be a critic because I don’t look at things that way. I can’t quantify something’s value to anyone but myself. I can, however, make recommendations….

And I would like to make a recommendation that everyone go see Crazy Heart. Jeff Bridges is phenomenal – his Golden Globe, and SAG Awards for Best Actor in a Drama can attest to that. The music (done by Stephen Bruton and T-Bone Burnett) is epic, and would have made a landmark album for any recording artist, let alone a killer soundtrack. And it is a beautiful film to watch – landscape shots of New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas have done more than any tourism commercial for those states ever has. Breathtaking, really. But that’s all I will say about the film, it is beautiful to hear and beautiful to see and the story is a real heart ache’r. Time well spent at the movie theater.

musicnotes My favorite songs off the soundtrack:

“Hold on You” and “Fallin’ & Flyin”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Timba permalink
    March 9, 2010 12:56 pm

    fallin’ & flyin is legit. thanks for the tiparoo!

    still have to see the movie though…

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