Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Lyrical Legend.

While I was reading the Wall Street Journal this afternoon I learned a very sad fact. Robert Sherman died on Monday. The man helped usher in some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century from Mary Poppins, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang to The Jungle Book, to The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Him and his brother Richard, composed several other songs and musical works as well, like that fantastic tune all of you know all too well It's a Small World (at first you love it, and then after the 10th time you want to yank your hair out, but they did a good job coming up with it.) The world of music lost a great voice and genius, but his works continue to succeed him and bring joy to countless people such as the new Broadway production of Mary Poppins. You will be missed Robert. I was able to get quite a bit of writing done despite not being quite finished yet unfortunately, but the plot has finally been opened up and now it is full steam ahead in regards to the Witch story. I think it is a rather clever story and something new I hope, if not then my imagination is going to have to get more creative and inventive. Tonight I thought that I would watch something new so I chose All Good Things from my Netflix queue. I thought since it had Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella that it would be a slam dunk film. It was interesting, but highly confusing frequently, and rather depressing. It's based off of real events that happened between 1971-2000 or so; I have to admit that it does keep you guessing and that Ryan and Kirsten give excellent performances. That guy can pull off remarkable villainous type characters despite being able to play such a sincere hero type as well. All in all not a bad film which gets it an "Admirable Ability." Don't know if I'd ever watch it on my own again, but I could recommend it to someone else that hasn't seen it; it's kind of like one of those films that are really good but miserably depressing that makes you hardly ever want to see it so you don't end up getting depressed. So that was my day aside from the bit of relaxing and playing that I did. One thing I read yesterday evening in the Wall Street Journal was this one article that mentioned playing videogames/computer games could enhance certain parts of the brain to be more effective than those who do not (this information came from a journal research study). Now, I won't swear by such things until I look and see how the research study was conducted, how they collected the data, and what kind of samples they pulled from. It was an interesting thought though to think that I don't entirely waste my time whenever I play computer games, and yes this even pertains to Facebook and cellphone games. The researchers actually found that the greatest benefits to the brain came from the more violent videogames ironically enough, although the negative side effects were that those people tended to be more...disconnected emotionally. Pick your poison I suppose.....that would make a great story! I digress, sorry. I hope that everyone's evening has been relatively good; nothing bad has happened to me so far which is refreshing, but I have been waiting for something in the mail that is taking its sweet jolly time getting here. TTFN, tah-tah for now!

Chim Chim Cher-ee

Robert Sherman's Legacy

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