Have you seen the film Safety Not Guaranteed? I saw it in the cinema when it was released a few years ago and watched again this week on Netflix.
It’s a lovely film that makes me cry because it’s a film about people and kindness and it’s really heart-warming and stuff like that gets me every time. It has one my favourites quotes about music and songs too:
It’s that time and that place and that song, and you remember what it was like when you were in that place. And then you listen to that song, and you know you’re not in that place anymore, and it makes you feel hollow. You can’t just go find that stuff again.
When I’m listening to music alone I’m either fantasising about the future or feeling hollow thinking about the past.
When I listen to music alone it’s never about the present.
When it’s three o’clock in New York, it’s still 1938 in London.
If London is a bad habit one hates to lose, I’ll take that over smoking any day.
“I’m very f*cking grateful to be alive. I have so many friends who are sick or gone, and I’m here. Are you kidding? No complaints!”
If I’m honest, the thought of ageing scares me. And then I read something like this and it puts it all into perspective. As if I didn’t love Meryl Streep enough already.
“You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight here, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills….And all the people are open and friendly.”
I mean, who would want to live in a place where the only cultural advantage is that you can turn right on a red light?
“Las Vegas is the only town in the world whose skyline is made up neither of buildings, like New York, nor of trees, like Wilbraham, Massachusetts, but signs.”
Seth Godin warns us to beware the zeitgeister:
He only cares about what’s trending now. The only worthy examples are this week’s examples, or even better, tomorrow’s examples.
The zeitgeister will interrupt a long-term strategy discussion to talk urgently about today’s micro-trend instead. The zeitgeister has little or no knowledge of the foundations of his industry, merely an out-of-context understanding of today’s state of the art. He’s encouraged by the media, of course, because the media are in the zeitgeist business. It’s easier.
The challenge, of course, is that the momentary zeitgeist always changes. That’s why it’s so appealing to those that surf it, because by the time it’s clear that you were wrong, it’s changed and now you can talk about the new thing instead.
Wise words. And Zeitgeist has long been one of my favourite words…!
London is a splendid place to live in for those who can get out of it.
George John Gordon Bruce