. . . we saw True Grit, the Coen Brothers film, and I've been humming part of the soundtrack all day. I love how they wove old hymns into the music, especially "Talk About Suffering". I first heard that song on a well-worn Doc Watson record and hearing it in True Grit inspired me to listen to him again. The LPs are long gone but I found him on myspace, of all places, and you can listen to all of his recordings there, if you're interested. Click on See All to get the whole list if the link doesn't take you there.
I also found "Down in the Valley to Pray" in the list, a hymn that the Coens used in O Brother, Where Art Thou (it was sung as "Down in the River to Pray".) O Brother is one of my favorites, both film and soundtrack. The Coen Brothers know how to make great movies. I wasn't sure how they'd insert their signature quirkiness into a Western without messing up the story but they managed it well. It was much more subtle than usual. Well, subtle except for the dentist wearing a bear. That scene was classic Coen.
Netflix has revolutionized our movie-viewing. We're currently alternating movies with The West Wing, a series that we didn't watch when it was on television. We miss a lot of stuff while it's current and end up catching it in reruns or through Netflix. We didn't watch more than a couple of episodes of Seinfeld, despite its popularity, until the last two shows. We started watching Whose Line Is It Anyway? just as it finished its final season. It's too bad of us, but there it is.
Overheard on Twitter: If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.
Ha! Small but mighty. Stay tuned...