4/? films - Amadeus (1984)

“But they showed no corrections of any kind. Not one. He had simply written down music already finished in his head. Page after page of it as if he were just taking dictation. And music, finished as no music is ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall.”

Just one little rant. I hate this notion that the music world has that Mozart never sketched or anything, that he just sort of wrote music perfectly the first time, because it’s most likely not true. Remember how Brahms threw all his old pieces in the fire where nobody could ever see any works he didn’t deem acceptable? There’s no reason for us to believe Mozart couldn’t have done the same thing. And if you ask any composer ever, none of them are going to tell you that they don’t sketch or revise. That’s not how the process works. da Vinci even sketched. It doesn’t negate his genius that he didn’t spit out perfect music the first time. It makes him a human. Rant over.

I’m fairly certain Mozart sketched extensively, but most of his sketches were destroyed after he died.  I think you can find scanned copies of the surviving ones in online libraries and what not.  Also, Beethoven’s manuscripts are barely readable because of all the things he crossed out while editing - I don’t think the man ever stopped editing.  I don’t know if this is overly cliche/stereotypical, but some of the greatest geniuses were the ones who always questioned their own gifts, pushing them to constantly revise and edit. Tolstoy was notorious for his extensive revisions(though, I’m about to start War and Peace, and why his editor allowed him to write 1000 pages…I guess I’ll figure it out as I read?)

Also, side note, I love Brahms.  He’s in my top 3 composers of all time.  His music is, as my friend once described it, thick rich dark chocolate.

Sorry Price, I keep rambling off of your posts.



Astronomer and BBC presenter legend Sir Patrick Moore has died at the age of 89.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that Patrick, in his tireless and ebullient communication of the magic of astronomy, inspired every British astronomer, amateur and professional, for half a century.”

The first astronomy books I read as a child were all authored by Patrick. He’s an inspiration. A sad day. ~Ian

A very sad day.



Dark Times…. 

I love how this photo is shaded…though an often seen photo it is not in “Modern Times”

This is actually a sequence that Charlie explored for the end of “MODERN TIMES” - the gamine (Paulette Goddard) becomes a nun and after the tramp leaves the hospital after another nervous breakdown he discovers this and realizes they can no longer face the world together..

Ultimately and thankfully Charlie decided against this ending for the movie and filmed the iconic and uplifting shot of the good-bye to the tramp after 24 years - showing he and the gamine walking off towards the sunrise.

(Source: welp-panda)


Autumn story: oak, raspberry and Frost | image by Alexander Kitsenko


Female Stonechat | image by yaki zander

Ohh, bless him. x


The ginger fur, pink flippers and vivid blue eyes may be why this nearly blind, albino seal pup was rejected by his family and left to fend for himself. He was found by the photographer Anatoly Strakhov who spotted him hiding under some logs on Tyuleniy Island, Russia. Strakhov said: ‘He wasn’t playing with other baby seals. He was just hiding and waiting for his mother to come and feed him’ | image by Anatoly Strakhov


Behind North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon | image by Mantis of Destiny


Here is a selection of photos of one of nature’s most important pollinators. (vie the guardian)