alright, one more blog about “inception”… just kidding. although, pretty soon we may have to change the “sleeping at last” to “fans of inception” blog. although, i do have more to say about that wonderful film, i’m going to give it a rest.
had my lovely, upright “kawai” piano tuned this morning. it doesn’t get tuned nearly enough, but on the eve of YEARBOOK‘s beginning, it’s about time now (especially since YEARBOOK will consist of 36 songs! eek.. i may need it tuned a few times!) it’s sounding lovely! although, i always like the sound of a slight detuned piano sound. every so slightly… gives it more character.
here’s a picture of my pride and joy…
today, i think we may begin recording a song we’re temporarily calling “bright & early”… it’s a piano driven song and will benefit greatly from having the piano so freshly tuned. it’s an upbeat song that i imagine being supported by many surrounding instruments – so in that situation, being finely tuned is ideal, since layers of sound can get weird when even one instrument is slightly out of tune. this one should be a lot of fun to record…
yesterday i had a mini breakthrough in the lyrics for “bright & early” – it’s vocal melody is a very easy thing to write words to for some reason.. everything seems to fit (some songs are just like that more than others!) but until yesterday, i couldn’t decide what direction to take. like digging for days in soft dirt, to finally find something solid below.. i think i’ve done just that. i’ve just got to brush it off and polish it up… and see what exactly it is! excited about it.. it’s turning into a bit of a story, which is something i enjoy trying my hand at in lyrics.
anyway, we got another toy for our studio in the mail the other day..
should be fun to mess around with. our little set up is becoming quite ready for YEARBOOK. hooray!
hope your week is really great, guys. thanks for reading. much love!
So today it’s my turn to weigh in on “Inception”. Like Ryan mentioned, we were both blown away by the movie. It was seriously great. It’s easily the best movie I’ve seen this year and really I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a movie this much in the theater. Finally a big budget summer movie that wasn’t a remake, reboot, re-imagining, sequel, prequel or anything like that. It was a totally original idea. And on top of that I think it showed that a movie can be smart and fun. Too often it seems movies are one or the other (or neither). This is a movie that has faith in it’s audience. It doesn’t dumb things down assuming people won’t get it. The plot is complex and there is a lot of explaining that needs to take place for the movie to work. But the exposition never feels tedious or forced. It all feels organic and like it’s part of the story.
The casting was great. A few unexpected choices but they all worked very well. Also I’d like to say that I think they’re definitely the best dressed cast of the year. They all looked like a cross between James Bond and Don Draper. Sharp. I thought the score was great. I love the fog horn like brass blasts. The whole movie was filmed beautifully. So many memorable scenes. But I think for sure my favorite scene was this one.
And of course the last scene is such a perfect ending. The audience we were in literally gasped as the credits started to roll. All in all a great movie and one I think will be remembered for a long time. This concludes our coverage of “Inception”…. For now.
at long last, we saw Inception last night (in IMAX, nonetheless)…
we’ve mentioned inception a lot here on our blog, so needless to say my expectations were very high. i was completely blown away… and i’d like to gush about it.
i love christopher nolan’s films, but Inception for me topped them all. so, to avoid running the risk of ruining it’s incredibly complex and intelligent story, i won’t comment too much on what happens in the film… although, i sincerely doubt i’d be able to spoil anything if i tried… (it truly is a massively complex story) but it’s not just that story that makes this film so darn brilliant… it’s also how it was executed.
yep, it’s quite true – it’s a huge, huge, huge story. there’s a lot of crucial information that the audience needs to fully understand and appreciate the movie… (and to actually care about what’s happening!) a story so heavy and complex could so easily have been too overwhelming and tipsy to fully enjoy. but somehow the film was pieced together in such a way that i never fall out of balance with what’s happening… just when i thought that i might have gotten a bit lost, it pulled me right back in. i love that… especially because that feeling, that out of balance for a moment feeling, is what’s happening to the characters in the story as well.
i felt like a big part of why it was so successful in the storytelling, was because of the amount of restraint there was throughout the entire film. i noticed this specifically in the characters. the personalities and relationships between each of them could have so easily been indulgent tangents… but rather than allow those mini side stories to clutter things up or distract, it just gave each of the characters more depth and detail to enjoy, supporting the foundation of the plot.
the acting was wonderful on every level as well… such an excellent cast. mr. dicaprio has become one of my favorite actors. i’ve seen him interviewed a few times and it’s always really inspiring to see someone so dedicated and passionate about their craft. i think it comes through a ton in his work.
as for the special effects – the trailer had me a bit worried that they would be overdone or boring (as they so often are in large budget films!)… but they were all very tastefully done. very intentional…
the batman films are a ton of fun… i really enjoyed “the prestige”… “insomnia” was super intense.. “memento” was quite a story too.. and “following” was really interesting as well, but as i said -”inception” was definitely my very favorite christopher nolan film to date. which is saying a lot, since all of his films so far are excellent in their own right.
for me, this was one of the most engaging and thought-provoking movie experiences i’ve had in, i can’t even remember how long. i read some headline that read “could inception save hollywood?” which didn’t make sense until i saw it. i’m quite excited to see it again to soak up some of the detail i’m sure i’ve missed. if i had to personally give this film a score between 1 and 10 (10 being highest) … a full 10 is what i’d have to give it. i’m sure dan will follow up and blog with his thoughts too… we saw it together and i’m pretty sure our minds got blown away at the exact same time.
how about you? seen it? what did you think??
P.S. as dan mentioned yesterday – thank you so much for your kind words about our new project, YEARBOOK! means a lot to us!!
I’ve been trying to decide what to write about today. It feels a little weird after our big announcement yesterday to go back to writing about what movies we just saw or something. But in case you were wondering… I saw “Predators” last night. It was dumb. But I have to say, as a fan of the Arnie classic since adolescence, I quite enjoyed it. Especially the first half. But anyway, what I really wanted to say was, Thank you all so much for all the encouragement and excitement for YEARBOOK. It really means a lot to us and we can’t thank you enough for all the kind messages and comments. We’ll be doing a lot more updates here on the blog about our progress and process. Thanks again.
Today, we are beyond thrilled to announce the next Sleeping At Last project…
While recently discussing Sleeping At Last’s plans for the upcoming year, we asked ourselves – what’s the one thing we love to do more than anything, and wish we did more of? the answer was quite clear: More music. A lot more music…
With that in mind, we came up with a project that we’re calling, YEARBOOK.
WHAT IS IT?
We will write, record and release 3 brand-new songs EVERY month for an entire year! That’s 36 new songs in total, broken down into twelve 3-song digital EPs that will be available monthly!
As a nod to its title, this project will feature many, many
special guests and friends throughout the YEARBOOK
year. Accompanying all of this brand-new Sleeping At Last music will be new artwork each month by the incredible artist, Geoff Benzing!
WHEN IS IT?
Each of the 3-song digital EPs will be available one by one, on the 1st of every month for $3.00 via www.sleepingatlast.com
. The first is titled “October”
and will appropriately release on October 1st
, followed by “November”
on November 1st and so on, for one year.
Because writing music is what we are most passionate about. YEARBOOK is by far the largest, most exciting and creative undertaking we’ve ever attempted and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! It will not only allow us to write and release way more music than ever before, but it will also allow us to experiment with many, many different kinds of sounds and ideas. When we sit down to discuss making a full-length album, there’s a lot of effort that goes into making a very cohesive and streamlined body of work… which is something we still very much appreciate, however for a project as large as YEARBOOK, it allows us to fully stretch out creatively and explore anything we’re curious about, during a one year span.
Our only criteria is to make music we’re proud of.
So, there you have it! Thank you so much for listening to our music and for supporting us in the ways that you have over the years - it is what makes this project possible! We sincerely hope you enjoy this new collection of Sleeping At Last music!!
There’s a LOT more news surrounding YEARBOOK, so we will write real soon with lots more stuff to tell you about!
It’s going to be an exciting year!
Ryan & Dan – Sleeping At Last
P.S. If you’re curious to hear more thoughts about YEARBOOK
, we posted a companion entry to this announcement on our blog… Check it out here…