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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

I (luckily) stumbled upon the cinematic masterpiece that is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri one night about a month or so ago… and it’s now one of my all-time favorite movies. As someone who stays on top of pop culture, I was aware this movie and the actors were nominated for Oscar’s but was indifferent to seeing it, which is how I usually feel about Oscar nominees. Side note: how that DISASTER of a movie, The Shape of Water, won top honors is beyond me. Waaaaay beyond me.

Anyways, now, having seen TBOEM, I have to say that both actors – Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell – highly(!!!) deserved their awards. Frances McDormand, in particular, was so freaking phenomenal as the fierce, grieving Mildred Hayes that I often found myself clapping along to all of her memorable quips. Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage and Caleb Landry Jones were all excellent as well.

Aside from the acting, what really set the tone for me (as it always does when it’s right) is the music and original score. Carter Burwell’s work for this movie has an appropriate underlying theme of solemnity to it, yet beautiful twinges of hope and bad-assery seep through to highlight various characters at various times. It’s all just so fucking fantastic.

In addition to the phenomenal instrumental music,  both versions of the song “Buckskin Stallion Blues,” as well as “His Master’s Voice” by Monsters Of Folk were perfectly suited for the movie. TBOEM is a stunning work of art all around that I’m fortunate enough to have seen by chance. So, if you happened upon my blog by chance, I highly recommend checking out the movie for yourself.

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No Words

As a race, I think we’re failing ourselves and the future. This planet, this place that we call home, is so precious and we’re just making everything harder for ourselves as a whole. We humans overthink everything, fight about everything, and make a big deal out of everything. At the end of the day, none of us have forever, so why can’t we all just be kind and learn to live with one another in peace now? I know it’s wishful thinking but we’re all thinking it… or at least many of us are.

Anyways, when it gets too noisy and busy out in the world I like to listen to music that puts me in a more relaxed and calm state of mind. Instrumental music, in particular for me, creates that sense of zen. Songs don’t need words to tell a story, after all.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite instrumental pieces:

Kygo “Piano Jam”

Get your instrumental piano fix here ladies and gents.

The Piano Guys “Fight Song/Amazing Grace”

From the opening bag pipes to the elegant piano to the soaring violin, this is instrumental music at its finest. Pairing up Rachel Platten’s recent hit, “Fight Song” with the classic “Amazing Grace” was also kind of brilliant.

Josh Vietti “A Thousand Miles”

(Originally by Vanessa Carlton)

This instrumental, violin-infused version of the classic early 00′s chart topper is freaking fantastic. If you, like me, enjoy instrumental covers of popular songs, you’ll want to check him out for sure. His “Tender Love” is on point. And for all of you soon-to-be-married’s, he does an excellent “Canon In D” cover as well.

Dave Barnes “Mississippi”

This acoustic, instrumental piece is breathtaking from beginning to end. It’s one of those songs that makes me visualize the simple beauties of life -nature, summer sun, fireflies, first kisses, holding hands, things like that. I really love this.

https://open.spotify.com/track/5DQTgawVGKl3z1jBtYCrWD?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

Paul Cardall “Gracie’s Theme" 

I’ve always enjoyed instrumental music. From Disney to Broadway Musicals to Motion Picture Films, thematic sounds have always brought me joy and peace. While looking for new instrumental songs recently, I happened upon Paul Cardall’s breathtaking "Gracie’s Theme”. It’s simply on another level. Enjoy!

https://open.spotify.com/track/3vOykP71BfLYgRtcAkAZ7v?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

Vitamin String Quartet “Yellow” (Originally by Coldplay)

VSQ makes beautiful instrumental versions of popular songs. I first heard their music at my friends wedding. There are a TON of songs of theirs on Spotify. Very relaxing music to listen to while working. Or commuting. Just lovely.

“Yellow” was one of the standouts for me. However, almost everything they do is wonderful. 

https://open.spotify.com/track/6ciOtuhRKnISGs30YOHUiV?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

Chequerboard “The Sorrow Bird”

I’m a sucker for good instrumental music. And the entire album this particular song is from, The Unfolding, is quite beautiful. 

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