A few weeks before Christmas my neighbor Laurin recommended the movie, “The Big Year.” Since my brother & I like birds (really like them) she thought we would enjoy this movie, based on a book by Mark Obmascik about three birders from diverse backgrounds going after the gold medal of birding: whoever spots the most North American species in one year (a Big Year.)
For some reason (not just because I like birds) this movie starring Steve Martin, Jack Black & Owen Wilson struck a chord with me, watched multiple times over the holidays. (My uncle needed to see it? friends? family?)
Since the movie starts at New Year’s and ends the following New Year’s, it seemed kinda holidayish. There’s also friendship, humor, transformation (especially Steve Martin’s character), lots of amazing birds, and music grooves that make the movie even more fun.
One song in particular caught my attention: Brad Mehldau’s jazzy rendition of “Blackbird,” originally written by Paul McCartney for the Beatles. At an important juncture for Steve Martin’s character, hard-nosed businessman Stu Preissler, this song conveys transformative internal grooves.
When my brother downloaded the movie music this week (& Brad Mehldau’s jazz album, “The Art of the Trio”) he added a rendition of ‘Blackbird’ Brad Mehldau does with Swedish soprano Anne Sofie von Otter on their “Love Songs” collaboration.
Here’s a YouTube version to have a listen.
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night, Take these broken wings & learn to fly… Blackbird fly, blackbird fly, Into the light of the dark black night…” (Paul McCartney)
Over @ Haddon Musings, Bernadette posted a quote last week that went straight into my journal. Seems like a good fit for this song, not to be missed.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” C. S. Lewis
grace, peace & transformative blackbird grooves
Virginia : )
p.s. The C.S. Lewis quote also applies to characters from The Big Year movie, which makes it an inspirational film for everyone (not just birders!)