“Gentlemen, why in heaven’s name this haste? You have time enough. Ages and ages lie before you. Why sacrifice the present to the future, fancying that you will be happier when your fields teem with wealth and your cities with people? In Europe we have cities wealthier and more populous than yours, and we are not happy.
You dream of your posterity; but your posterity will look back to yours as the golden age, and envy those who first burst into this silent, splendid nature, who first lifted up their axes upon these tall trees, and lined these waters with busy wharves.
Why, then, seek to complete in a few decades what the other nations of the world took thousands of years over in the older continents? Why, in your hurry to subdue and utilize nature, squander her splendid gifts? Why hasten the advent of that threatening day when the vacant spaces of the continent shall all have been filled, and the poverty or discontent of the older States shall find no outlet?
You have opportunities such as mankind has never had before, and may never have again.
i have decided to put together a little list of things i enjoyed from 2009- you know, movies and music and such.. well actually… mainly just movies and music.. who knows, maybe i’ll think of something else to list…
now, obviously i did not hear every album nor did i watch every movie that was release this past year, but from what i did take in, this is what i enjoyed.
-films i enjoyed- [in no particular order]
(500) Days Of Summer - okay, so i said this was in “no particular order”, but this was by far my favorite film from last year. just pure greatness. what amazing storytelling.
Away We Go - what can be better than having almost every Alexi Murdoch song ever written in one movie? i definitely enjoyed this film.
Fantastic Mr. Fox - i wont lie, i have never read the children’s book…but i do know that this film was a smash.
Sherlock Holmes - this is one of the most recent films i have seen in theaters, and i rather enjoyed it. Mr. Downey wins again.
Crazy Heart - i technically saw this in 2010, but it was released in 2009. man, was it a good film. i highly recommend it. (and then go buy the soundtrack that comes out the 19th.)
-albums i enjoyed- […and still do.]
“Mean Everything To Nothing" by Manchester Orchestra - contrary to the folk/acoustic phase that has recently come upon me, i really love this album. it blows me away every time i listen to it. i could jam it all day long and not get sick of it.
“Blood Bank" by Bon Iver - Justin Vernon can do no wrong in my opinion. this is a 4 track EP, but it is 4 incredibly solid tracks. the perfect follow up for "for emma, forever ago".
“Strict Joy" by The Swell Season - this album is great song after great song. just go buy it. now.
“The Outsiders" by needtobreathe - these guys have evolved a lot since they first started out, but it has been a good journey to listen to. the album itself has such a full and rich sound, and that is the main reason it is on this list. the guys in needtobreathe did a great job trying something a bit new, and i think it was a big win.
i seem to have reached the end of this endeavor, and i don’t have much else to list. so, if you haven’t already, go pick up one of these albums or give one of these films a couple hours of your time. i believe it will be well worth it.