half-finished. half-begun.

Yesterday, I was finally able to watch Cloud Atlas. I watched it twice, actually. It’s a bit overwhelming to watch the first time and catch all the names and connections. I guess there have been bad reviews floating around but I loved how the movie was infused with sentiment (call me a sap… but love is real, ya’ll), and honestly it’s because of that, that I am able to forgive all the bad prosthetic noses / eyebrows / wigs and colored contacts. The second time around I literally forgot all about the bad makeup and was able to just follow the souls of the characters instead. If that makes sense (and I don’t even care if it does).

The movie’s score is beautiful (you can hear some of the Cloud Atlas Sextet in the trailer). It ripples throughout the film mirroring the souls as they overlap through time. But we don’t ever get to hear it from beginning to end. Kind of like life; we can only see so far ahead, or look so far back… we live within a string of moments, and most of the time our perception distorts what is from what we think it is anyway. Then our strings mingle among others strings, become tethered to one another, or in some cases unraveled by. What would the sextet really sound like? I found it over at Slate with this (really well done) article on the topic where you can take a listen.

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“By each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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While the symphony meandered in and out of scenes I was finishing it in my head with this other song, A Thousand Years (that I TRY to forget is part of the Twilight saga, gross). Here it is – by The Piano Boys (my favorite version of it so far). I knew this wasn’t the same as the Cloud Atlas melody but I like to imagine it as something quite parallel to it. You know, like a string from another mother and all that…

If you want and even mushier version (with lyrics) you can click here (g’head).

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