Friday Food for Thought: August 19, 2022

Hello Friends, welcome to Friday Food for Thought. Every Friday I’ll help start your weekend by sharing four people, thoughts, or things that are on my mind this week. These may be books or movies, podcast suggestions, interesting people I follow on social media, music, products, or, well, anything. You may find interesting creativity boosts here, some conversation starters, or just a small dose of entertainment. Click here for my previous post. Feel free to share this with friends, or offer suggestions via the comments. Let’s begin!

1) It’s Gold, Jerry! Gold!:

I gave a (re)listen this week to Jerry Goldsmith: 40 Years of Film Music, the four-CD tribute set released by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005. As a lover of film scores, I’ve long appreciated Jerry Goldsmith’s work, and as a Star Trek fan, it was Goldsmith’s long relationship with the franchise that first caught my attention. This particular box set has a wide selection of Goldsmith’s compositions for both film and television, including his better known music for The Russia House and the Star Trek: Voyager theme. But it also has delightful selections that are probably lesser known to contemporary audiences, like the dramatic Barnaby Jones theme and the score from 1983’s Under Fire. The arrangements in 40 Years of Film Music were recorded specifically for this set, but many of the original scores are available on CD or via digital download.

2) Van (Gogh) Life:

Earlier in the week I watched the 2018 documentary Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies. While part of the documentary traces Vincent Van Gogh’s life in a fairly conventional style (including the probably incorrect narrative that Van Gogh took his own life), much of the focus is on Helene Kröller-Müller, the substantial Van Gogh collection she assembled in the early 1900s, and the Netherlands museum that now houses her collection. Van Gogh’s works – some of which I had not seen before – are lovingly displayed and his process, what made Van Gogh unique for his time, is explained in layman’s terms. The documentary is currently streaming on Kanopy, the free streaming service I’ve previously recommended.

3) Walk, Don’t Drive:

If you haven’t read Jeff Speck’s Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for. The book is loaded with data and anecdotes to illustrate why everyone benefits from making our communities more pedestrian-friendly. Speck is an urban designer who was written or co-written several books and advocates for sense or speed. Follow him on Twitter for inspiration and to keep up with the latest news.

4) What Light Through Yonder Night Sky Breaks:

I used to keep up with night sky viewing but largely gave it up after so many years living in overly-lighted suburbia. I believe that a society that fails to marvel at the night sky will end up, well, like ours. So I was comforted when my wife noticed Jupiter in the morning sky this week. You can see it yourself if you get up before sunrise, and with a good pair of binoculars you can easily see some of Jupiter’s moons and maybe even make out some of the planet’s cloud bands. Consult the Time and Date web site for your location, then select Night Sky under the Sun & Moon menu. You can find real-time charts of what’s visible and when. Enjoy!

That’s all for this week. Have a good weekend!

This post contains NO affiliate links. All suggestions are based on my own personal experience, your experience may vary. Nothing herein is intended to serve as medical, legal, financial, or any other advice for which you should consult professionals and not some random guy on the Internet.

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