Covid-19 Lockdown Documentary Reviews

It’s Jay Renaissance Man, On the Red Eye from France
Passers by say the meteoric rise was happenstance
But everything is illuminated in retrospect
So I expect respect from the less introspect-

The Power of Music

If you stop and think it makes perfect sense- music can alter moods and talk to you.

After hearing a message over and over again– eventually you learn.

As children we learn not from what our parents say but from what they do. Actions really do speak louder than words. Larkin had it right

This Be The Verse

BY PHILIP LARKIN

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.   

    They may not mean to, but they do.   

They fill you with the faults they had

    And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn

    By fools in old-style hats and coats,   

Who half the time were soppy-stern

    And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.

    It deepens like a coastal shelf.

Get out as early as you can,

    And don’t have any kids yourself.

So there is no manual for teaching your kids… But here are three things I kept hearing again and again…

‘Shut the door!’

‘No such thing as can’t’

‘Never go into a business partnership’

Walk tall walk proud and look the world right in the eye.

So as ever we learn by a sort of osmosis- whether at home, school or work- you are the average of the 5 people you have around you… or in lockdown your Cockatiel…

As one of my favourite podcaster’s Joshua Sheats (not Sheets) says- (Our religious views differ but here are three key takeaways..

Focus on what you can build.

Don’t be manipulated. You can always have peace in your thoughts.

Make your home a sanctuary.

And perhaps most important – we all have a Responsibility to guard our families to what comes through the front door and the …Tinterweb firehouse…

.. Ass shots and stripper poles for the eyes of my daughter

Hamsterjam

I love a good documentary- mainly because I have never had the stomach for horror movies…

Three of my favourites –which have been on my watch list for a while…

Are….

Amy (2015)

Yup- took me 5 years to get around to watching it…

But wow- really powerful.

Amy was like F’ this bullshit the whos sleeping with who..etc she just wanted to get into the studio. Money and fame were not drivers for here- as I said here….(Adapting to working from home) as my uncle said

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When some of my favourite artists showed up- Nas and Mos Def I was chuffed!

Montage of Heck

That blow your brain, Kurt Cobain, that Nirvana shit

I figured I would relate- like me was bipolar. Unlike me he got mixed up in drugs..

The most visceral scene- the freight train switching tracks after Kurt has weighed himself down with a concrete block. Think about that in another parallel universe maybe the world wouldn’t have smells like teen spirit to cycle too…

Note – lost the notes I’d scribbled while watching these so just gone off memory here.

  1. Both had raw talent- and for them exercising that talent was a pure form of therapy.
  2. All the other trappings of fame- money, booze and partying clouded that.

Addendum

All this mayhem

I’m grateful for life-long skater Jonathan (Esse) Kermath. https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-kermath-935507114

For turning me on to this fairly underground foray into the gritty underworld of skating…

I’d sent the Joe Rogan podcast with Tony Hawk and suggested it would be up his halfpipe.

The film is a different perspective and perhaps a testament to why you need a good marketing team…

I won’t give away any spoilers but all doesn’t end well for The Pappas Brothers…

Judging by Slim pickings on Wikipedia they seem to have been all but airbrushed from history…

Can’t remember where I heard this—-maybe a podcast…

‘Life is a great teacher and you just have to stay in The Game long enough to learn that…’

Published by BLMWoodWork

Bipolar British artist of Jewish descent. New to woodworking so be nice ! ;)

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