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In college, I took a Psychology of Music class. It was taught by someone born out of time. The professor was a middle-aged man who was a part of a renaissance music group. He played the lute, even in our class at times.

I’m thinking about this because I often wonder if certain chord and note progressions are hard-wired into the emotional centers of our brains. I doubt this is true (at least from birth) because there are so many cultural differences in how we perceive music. But over time, the synapses in our brains must make certain types of connections based on the music we listen to. 

The three (or four, if you count the Db major that repeats) chords in this theme resonate with me so much. I’m sure it’s connected to what this theme represented in the show’s final season but I have a feeling that somewhere, deep in side my brain, this chord progression would have hit me emotionally regardless of context.

It makes me think about another four chord sequence that feels immediately emotional to me. I guess in strictly musical terms, it’s 6 minor, 4 major, 1 major, 5 major (or sometimes 3 minor). It’s been used by many people for many years, but the two most notable instances in recent popular culture are the following. I’ve removed spoilers from the titles of the actual songs but the second one has a clip from the movie and it starts with a huge spoiler. You’ve been warned.

Sunshine - John Murphy

Fellowship of the Ring - Howard Shore

Anyway, this is what’s running through my mind this afternoon. I hope you’ll take a moment today and think about something that emotionally resonates with you in a good way.

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I’m still a little bit worried about how the movie touches on certain current social issues but Gone Girl just might be the most well made movie I’ve seen this year.

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Why You Should Watch Interstellar on Film

Tickets for Interstellar are now on sale. If you are thinking about watching this movie, I would encourage you to watch it on film. Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Fighter, Her) shot a huge portion of this movie using IMAX film cameras. IMAX the company is in the process of converting many of their theaters to digital projection and so Interstellar just might be the last feature film that is both shot and projected on glorious 70mm celluloid.

Digital projection is getting better. I personally prefer Kodak’s 4k projection over the rest. But it still can’t match film’s depth and color. Digital images often look flat and the color range and deep blacks get muddy.

Here’s a link that might be helpful if you want to figure out which format you’d like to watch Interstellar in.

https://interstellar.withgoogle.com/ways-to-see

And here are a few IMAX related posts from my archive.

http://jiyoungle.com/tagged/imax

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I’ve been falling asleep to this wonderful music during the past few nights. It just might be my favorite television soundtrack of all time.

I’ve been falling asleep to this wonderful music during the past few nights. It just might be my favorite television soundtrack of all time.

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My niece found my old Winnie the Pooh dolls. Now they belong to her.

My niece found my old Winnie the Pooh dolls. Now they belong to her.

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I’m seeing the Mets in person for the first time since July 1999. The new stadium is really nice.  (at Citi Field)

I’m seeing the Mets in person for the first time since July 1999. The new stadium is really nice. (at Citi Field)

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Woke up early this morning to drive to the unemployment office to verify my identity. Going to the branch 30 miles away to avoid the hectic nature of government offices in my area was totally worth it. Then went to Staples to take advantage of their sale on plastic bins. Came home and cleaned and organized my room for six hours while watching the second half of season one of Battlestar Galactica. Ron Moore, thank you for creating such a wonderful show that gets better every time I watch it.

Two things I’m waiting for: to hear back from the tutoring center I want to work for and the midnight launch of Destiny tonight.

I’m also enjoying the fact that I get to spend more time with my brother and his family due to the extra free time I have right now. I do hope that I find a new place to work for soon. But I’m going to appreciate the season I’m in as much as possible.

I am thankful for social safety nets and for friends and family that I can lean on. I will not take what I have for granted.

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My niece playing Fez on my PS4.

My niece playing Fez on my PS4.

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at Asbury Park Beach

at Asbury Park Beach

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While I wait to hear back about jobs, I’m making sure to actually enjoy simple things. Like reading a Jane Austen biography at the beach.  (at Ocean Grove Beaches)

While I wait to hear back about jobs, I’m making sure to actually enjoy simple things. Like reading a Jane Austen biography at the beach. (at Ocean Grove Beaches)