Movies

good musicalsI normally try not to admit this publicly but I enjoy a good musical. What is a good musical? A good musical is a story that is expressed through song that is so exciting and compelling that you end up singing and humming the tunes well after the show is over. It is something so powerful that you feel like, stepping to the bad side (Dreamgirls), or wishing that rain drops would fall (The Five Heartbeats) no matter where you are.

I guess it is something about the thought of singing and dancing through life’s challenges that gets me going.

Could you imagine if life was a musical? There are a few songs I would like to compose for certain situations I see on Maury. My hit would probably be a slow ballad about the struggles of finding out who the baby’s father really is. I have included the lyrics below.

I call it Paternity Test Continue reading “The Power of A Good Musical” »

I love Monsters, Inc. There is just something about the thought of big, hairy, scary monsters being afraid of a kid. On some level I understand it. I have kid and he scares me to death. What, don’t judge me. If you have one you know exactly what I mean. Children are unpredictable.

In Monsters Inc. the citizens of Monstropolous are under the belief that children, whose screams power their city, are evil super power villains that would cause death and destruction in their world, which can be entered through a closet portal. Well to save you from a long drawn out synopsis I will tell you one tiny, cute, pig tail wearing toddler gets in. 

Oddly, they name her Boo. Boo is spotted in Monstropolous and chaos breaks out at the area restaurant where she is seen. The monsters, sharing their accounts of the event, tell of the child having laser vision eyes and mind powers used to lift them off of the ground to the local news in an interview.

They even go as far as believing that a simple touch for a child would kill them instantly. That actually might have some truth to it. Kids are germ factories. 🙂 The town is in lock-down because there is a child on the loose.

Well come to find out the girl wasn’t deadly or toxic at all. She was an innocent little girl trapped in a monster world just trying to get home. She was a monster by perception. The monster world was scared of a child. Big, hairy, ugly, monsters scared of a kid. Or was it the unknown they were afraid of?

If we base our lives off of what people say and not what they have experienced we oddly can miss out on some great opportunities to grow and change the world in which we live in. So, when you are afraid or in doubt the best way to learn about something is to experience it for yourself.

Don’t be afraid of something that doesn’t exist. Fear can keep you from reaching your goals. 

So is what’s holding you back really a evil super villain or a lost child.

What are you so afraid of?

Are your heroes birthed from sports, movies, or television?

     I recently watched the famed 1997 Disney release, Hercules. This movie, like all Disney movies, is glossy, flashy, and full of action. You have hit songs lacing the entire film, none bigger than Go the Distance. This song was so big that the only thing that stopped it from getting the Academy Award for Best Song was the mega-hit, My Heart Will Go On off the soundtrack for a little number called Titanic!

     Out of all of the messages seemlessly weaved into this instant classic there was one that somehow I forgot. There is this conversation between Zeus and Hercules after Hercules has come into his own. Zeus previously promised Hercules that if he becomes a true hero then he can get his God-hood back (I’m paraphrasing). Now Hercules has defeated a few monsters and he’s convinced he has arrived.  The line that killed me was:

“But, Father, I’ve defeated every single monster I’ve come up against. I-I’m… I’m the most famous person in all of Greece. I’m… I-I’m an action figure!”

As he says this line he thrust a mini figurine of himself up in the direction of his Dad. Continue reading “What Makes a hero a Hero?” »

Keep Moving Forward

THE MOVIE I had the opportunity to watch, Meet the Robinsons with my son the other night. The overall theme of this futuristic, colorful, animation movie is to get people to “Keep Moving Forward.” In this awesome tale failure was celebrated and recognized as a greater achievement than success. You have to fail to get things to work […]

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From The Streets To The Palace

I don’t know if it is just me but I swear Disney has some awesome music producers. I was watching Aladdin with my son and this movie is full of hits. “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me”, “A Whole New World”, lyrical genius. Come on man it can’t get better than that. Add […]

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