“The Cove”, a documentary film by director Louie Psihoyos brought to light the slaughtering of dolphins in Japan. Unfortunately despite the remarkable world-wide success of the film, the slaughtering still continues today. This is an info graphic with a few numbers about Taiji, the blood red cove, stained by dolphin blood.
The film may be over, but the slaughtering is not. If you haven’t seen the documentary, take the time to watch it. If you have, remember it’s a documentary film, documenting real events and unfortunately when the Director yells cut, it’s not over, at least not for the dolphins.
Song of the day #19: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea: Town by a Cove/Ura Town (Ura no Machi) - Joe Hisaishi.
I’ve always been a fan of the Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki films. The stories are always so compelling and the animation and overall visuals are stunning. And Joe Hisaishi’s music for these films is just as wonderful.
This track illustrates the whimsy and upbeat-ness of Ponyo very well, with jumpy rhythms, colourful orchestration, and a somewhat disorienting 7/4 beat.
I absolutely adore the transition to 1:07. It reminds me of composers like Masashi Hamauzu and Yoko Shimomura. There’s just something about Japanese composers that seems to do it for me… :-)