All posts tagged: Listen

Watch Abha Dawesar’s TED Talk: “Life in the ‘Digital Now'”

I don’t often watch or listen to TED Talks, but when I happen across one while endlessly scrolling online or listening to NPR – like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” – they always seem to emerge at the perfect time in my life. And I love novelist Abha Dawesar’s “Life in the ‘Digital Now,’” not only because she’s brilliant and speaks to so much about our digital lives that I’ve been trying to grasp, but her talk came into my life at the exact moment I needed it. I’m currently taking an entertainment business class at USC about digital technology and the entertainment industry. For the most part I thoroughly enjoy the course, but I wasn’t prepared for all of the focus on futurism and our likely destinies as tech-obsessed individuals and societies. Taking this class has made me realize that talk of a hyper-technological reality is personally anxiety inducing. And visions of a world filled with AR, VR, and AI are absolutely terrifying. I may be typing this blog post using WordPress on my laptop, and I …

Vertigo’s Magnificent Score

I’m the type of person that can get a bit obsessive at times. Movies, TV shows, food (currently avocados), places; you name it, I can obsess over it. But music – whether it’s a song, artist, or album – has always been featured in the ultimate realm of my mind’s obsessions. In these bouts of preoccupation, I may replay the same single song dozens of times in a day. By the end of that day (or days) I feel overwhelmed by my fixation, but with each replay I continue to awaken with a jolt of comfort and happiness. In short, it’s a joyful sort of overwhelming. If I’m listening to something on repeat it’s because it moves me in indescribable ways. My current obsession has been the score to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film, Vertigo. It has come to the point where the music lives outside of Hitchcock’s world and is now a part of mine. I’ve listened to the entire soundtrack far more times than I’ve seen the film, and although I think Vertigo is spectacular, my love for Bernard Herrmann’s score reaches a place far beyond it. …