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Midnight in Paris, 2011

Alison Pill as Zelda and Tom Hiddleston as  F. Scott Fitzgerald;

Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali; 

Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemingway;  

Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein;

Sonia Rolland as Josephine Baker;

Marcial Di Fonzo Bo as Pablo Picasso;

Adrien de Van as Luis Buñuel.

The Seduction of Jazz

A few months after college graduation, I moved to a tiny studio apartment in Manayunk, a neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia.  My apartment was on top of a bar tending school and was large enough for a bed and a coffee table, nothing more. To give you perspective, the kitchen stove was about four feet away from where I slept.  I found a picture of my empty apartment below and the photo was taken in the “kitchen”. It was here where I remember first listening to jazz….on purpose. 

My short-lived love affair with jazz started one night after I watched Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.  I always have romanticized the 1920s but the movie triggered a night’s worth of appreciation. I poured myself a glass a wine, sat on the stool near my window, lit a cigarette, and listened to the sounds of Louie Armstrong while watching the night life below me. That evening was so pleasurable that I made it a weekly habit that lasted about six months…

I later moved in with one of my best friends (shout out to Erika) to a new neighborhood in Philly.  Living with a roommate has a lot more pluses than negatives but you do have less time (and freedom) to enjoy nights alone. It was here where I stopped listening to jazz.

Flash forward to the present, where I am being seduced by jazz for a second time, and again it was triggered by a movie.  Although the film is set in modern times rather than the Jazz Age, La La Land’s one protagonist is a passionate jazz musician (played by Ryan Gosling) who’s dream is to open his own jazz club.  This resurfaced memories of my time in Manayunk and the nights where I suppressed the habit of watching TV, playing video games, or being on my phone but rather indulged in a slight buzz and jazz music.

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The reasons I find jazz so alluring is because:

  • Jazz was the soundtrack to the Roaring Twenties, a decade that was progressive and rebellious.  Women’s suffrage was at its peak at the turn of the decade and women wanted a new standard for themselves. Women danced, smoked, drank, and talked freely about sex.  African American culture had a big impact on the 20s and females like Bessie Smith took over the radio. The youth took to night clubs and speakeasies to enjoy different styles of jazz.  People were using automobiles and telephones at large scale and motion pictures grew in popularity and accessibility. Those in their teens and twenties rebelled against the cultural norms of the older generations and progressive cities like London, Paris, and New York experienced a new “cultural edge”. In France, the Roaring Twenties are known as the Crazy Years which speaks to the chaotic nature of this decade.

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  • Jazz is ever-changing.  Ryan Gosling’s character touches on this during a scene in La La Land –> jazz has a improvisational component to it which allows the artist to change up a song every time he/she plays it. This means that if you are listening to a live jazz band/artist, you may never hear that unique version of the song they are playing ever again. The same artist can play the same song over and over but the piece, to those that really listen, is always new.  Jazz also, on a larger scale, has evolved over time, as most genres do.  I encourage you to check out reddit user johno456′s answer to the thread below (also earning him reddit gold) to better understand the changes in jazz throughout the last few decades: https://www.reddit.com/r/Jazz/comments/4mjc13/a_challenge_for_you_jazzheads_name_ten_tracks/
  • Jazz gives me the feels.  Jazz makes me feel optimistic, sexy, and inspired.  I feel mature, yet youthful.  I find the whole experience of listening to jazz very pleasurable.

If you want to dabble, here are some of my recos:

Dream a Little Dream of Me - Ella Fitzgerald

Let’s Get Lost - Chet Baker

Heebie Jeebies - Chick Webb & His Orchestra

The Girl From Ipanema - Amy Winehouse (+ the original version from Gets/Gilberto)

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Ty when Kit takes him to baker street 😊
(and he will take him there I’m convinced!)

I tried, okay? I managed to fudge up even the door, and the photograph isn’t even a proper rectangle!!
(alsos i swear second eyes will be the death of me…)
anyways, please let me know what you think!


The Songbook of Thelonious Monk - Jazz Hits Suite

Tracklist :
00:00 - Gil Evans - Straight No Chaser
06:16 - Gerry Mulligan - Rhythm-A-Ning
11:33 - Thelonious Monk - We see
14:08 - Bud Powell - Monk’s Mood
21:15 - Chet Baker - Round’ Midnight
26:22 - Donald Byrd - 52nd St Theme
32:52 - Kai Winding & Jay Jay Johnson - Blue Monk
37:20 - Thelonious Monk - Off Minor
39:51 - Clark Terry - Pannonica
45:27 - Barney Wilen - Mysterioso
49:35 - Thelonious Monk - Crepuscule With Nellie
52:07 - Johnny Griffin - Well You Needn’t
01:00:29 - Junior Mance - Ruby My Dear
01:06:30 - Jimmy Raney - Round’ Midnight
01:11:50 - The Modern Jazz Quartet - Round’ Midnight
01:14:48 - Barney Wilen - Epistrophy

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry if you already answered that but, at the end of HNITS, do Hannah's and Baker's parents know about their relationship? And how did it go for each of them?

It’s a warm, damp night, and her parents have the air conditioning running, but Hannah has her bedroom window open. Her laptop sits open on her messy desk, the iTunes app shuffling through Bon Iver songs, while she sits on the floor and thumbs through her old high school notebooks. It’s only been a month since she graduated, but she wants to go through her binders and essays from junior and senior year in case she finds anything that could be helpful for her classes at Emory.

It’s the first night in days that she and Baker haven’t seen each other. Last night they’d watched Legally Blonde with Joanie, and the night before that they’d gone on a date, and the night before that they’d sat on Hannah’s back porch and talked in low voices until a quarter ‘til midnight when Baker had left to meet her curfew, and the night before that….

But earlier this evening Baker’s brother, Nathan, had come up from New Orleans for Baker’s dad’s birthday, and so Hannah had spent the evening organizing her old school things and lazily refreshing her Facebook newsfeed.

She’s absorbed in a paper about Dante’s Inferno when her phone starts vibrating on her desk, jerking her out of her thoughts. Baker’s picture–an old one from junior year–lights up the screen, and Hannah answers with that new blooming feeling in her stomach.

“Hey,” she says, more breath than voice, not wanting to wake her family. “How was the birthday dinner?”

“Can I come over?” Baker sounds near tears, like that time she called from the emergency vet with Charlie.

“Yeah, of course,” Hannah says hastily, sitting up on her knees. “Is everything okay?”

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I’ve found two really great ways to make low fat and yummy cake (from the American program Hungry Girl)
They’re both ridiculously easy too, and I’m so excited about it that I have to share
Fudgy chocolate brownie/cake:
1 box Devil’s Food cake mix (or other box of chocolate cake mix)
1 can of 100% pure pumpkin
Combine the cake mix and pumpkin so that they form a thick, smooth batter and bake as per instructions on the box in cake cases or a greased tin

Vanilla sponge cake:
1 box vanilla sponge cake mix
1 can of cream soda
Combine these two ingredients and bake as per the box instructions

The chocolate and pumpkin cake has a fudgy, brownie-like texture and is even better if you add a sprinkle of chocolate drops or fudge pieces into the mix, and no fat or eggs means it’s much healthier :3
The cream soda in the vanilla sponge gives it a lovely taste and light fluffy texture, and is used instead of eggs and fat- so again much healthier
And I plan on trying lemon cake mix with a can of lemonade, so I’ll post up how that goes!
Thought I’d share for any vegan followers or followers with dairy intolerances and followers who love cake and wanna have a not-so naughty treat like me :3

anonymous asked:

I think there will be something that alludes to them making love. Either they kiss and lean the other to the ground or bed then look at each other where he asks her, or they'll kiss and it'll cut to them post-coitol where he asks her. IT HAS TO BE THAT WAY! FLaw and Nina know these books well and they won't leave us disappointed. How do you think it'll play out in the film? I've read a few interpretations and wanted to know yours :)

Hey. Well…I really do think they’ll be in bed. I guess that’s my hope. I have a hard time committing to that thought though since there are so many other ways they could deliver a powerful moment with “Real.” 

I guess it kinda sounds cheesy but I could see this beautiful montage of all their moments just flashing through in that question, “You love me. Real or not real?” Then it’s like, bread, cave, berries, train, beach, lightning tree, midnight, painter/baker, sewer, thousand moments hug and them in bed, looking at each other, “Real.” Kiss…fade to black. Katniss’s voice narrating the Epilogue over a black screen and it fades in with them in the meadow.

It’s fun to guess. :)