we dont watch too many movies, and there arent too many that we both really like. but thanks to a recommendation from a friend, we picked up “Once” the other day, and we both loved it. if you havent heard, it’s about a singer/songwriter in Ireland who meets a Czech piano player and they have a whirlwind week of writing music and playing together. I really liked the music and how it fit with the plot, and I really enjoyed the lack of any of the usual hollywood stuff (except for liberal use of the F word, I think it could almost be rated G). I especially enjoyed the scene where they first start playing together, where that rare magic of both literally and figuratively harmonizing is so wonderfully depicted.
as an aspiring/dabbling songwriter, I found it very inspiring. some stuff I listen to I find intimidating, like Sufjan for example: I like most of his stuff, but I dont think I could ever pull it off, so eventually I just sit back and enjoy (although I did dabble with his song “the Transfiguration” the other night and found the chord progression quite transfixing, but I digress). but, for example, Gillain Welch is another story…her stuff just begs me to give it a try, and to try to write stuff like it. the way she makes simple songs so beautiful in a homely way is something I want to do.
and so it was with my first impression with the music from the movie. not that I’ve listened to the songs much yet (I bought the soundtrack last night), but I came away feeling like “I could do that,” or perhaps more to the point: “I *should* do that.” I havent written too many songs yet, and even fewer that I actually like, but I feel like I should be doing it more. I just wish I had more time and energy to do so. sometimes I wonder what I’m doing here in cubicle land, but then again perhaps my “day job” can make this other stuff possible?
but that brings me back to the movie, as according to what I’ve read, the title is for friends of the filmmaker: “who put off their career by saying ‘once’ they get this and that sorted out, but never succeed because they’ve put it off too long.”