With Or Without You?

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Have you ever seen a really bad movie?  I’m sitting here watching a really horrible one right now.  “Have You Heard About The Morgans?”  When I say bad, I mean I’ve been watching it just in hopes that it somehow gets a little better.  I’m pretty sure it’s not going to get better.  Nope…it’s still horrible.  The only redeeming factors?  Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen.

Seriously, though, why are people such horrible shots in the movies or on television?  This guy is supposed to be a trained killer, and he can’t pick off and Englishman and a platinum blonde who uses Garnier Fructis in the middle of a Wyoming rodeo.

“I’m Meryl.  Trust me.  ‘Cause I trust you all over again.”

Seriously?

Why do I keep watching these things?  Some things will never be understood.

Today I was browsing through the free books for my Kindle and found one titled  “How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire with Bonus Material.”  I mean with a title like that, how could there be anything left for bonus material?  It’s like all my lifelong dreams rolled into one great book.  1. Marry rich.  2. Make sure he’s a vampire…oh, wait.

I say all this not to make fun of bad movies and books, although that’s part of it.  I’ve long said that it’s been a long time since good music came out on mainstream radio.  I’m not talking about a catchy song that you find yourself bobbing your head along to.  I’m talking about music that has and will stand the test of time and be popular from generation to generation.  There are songs out now that have like five words in the whole song that get stuck in your head even though you hate them!

I love the indie movement in entertainment.  People still love the shock rockers and the catchy hooks, but they don’t stay with people.  The indie movement in entertainment?  I feel like they’re making music because they love to make music, movies, etc., and not because they want to look and live like a rock star.  Some of the best music I’ve heard?  Yeah, recorded in a living room sitting around and singing with friends because that’s what they love doing.  Awesome movie?  “Once.”  Made in 15 days with less than $100,000 I do believe.

I started writing this post last night before reading Donald Miller’s blog this morning.  I just get so tired of watching movies that were made just to make a buck.  If I’m going to spend the time watching it, I want to remember it with good thoughts.  I don’t want to look back and think, Man, I’ll never get those two hours of my life back.  I don’t want to have a song stuck in my head that I don’t want to remember.  I want music to stand the test of time.  I want to live my life so that people don’t remember me but remember what stood for and the difference they see in me because of Jesus.

Wait…what?

You’re going to put your focus on what you love.  Your life is going to reflect what you put your focus on whether you want it to or not.

I love the music, movies and books that stand the test of time.  U2, Gone With The Wind, Pride and Prejudice, etc.  I feel kinda cheated by bad work.  Does that make sense?  Make a song catchy enough that people want to listen to it.  Who cares what it says.  Take the time to build your characters in the movies and in the books so I can look back and enjoy the experience and like the characters.  Take the time to invest in people.  They’ll remember the effort you put into the relationship or meeting, and they’ll wonder what’s different.

So that’s what I’ve been thinking about while watching this bad movie and listening to some of the bad songs that were played at the Grammy’s.  They’re catchy, but do they really mean anything?  Are they gonna last?  Are they doing something worth remembering?

Are you?

Here’s some good music that will stand the test of time.  Enjoy!

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  • Yeah, I’ve heard that it’s pretty terrible. You’re right – there are lots of good movies out there, just ones you can’t rent at the video store (what’s that?) or see at a lot of theaters. For what it’s worth, I want to be one of THOSE creators.

    • Me, too, Jeff. Me, too.

  • Bert Savarese

    You know, I just watched a movie that is very popular now – Love & other drugs – Anne Hathaway & Jake Gillianhaal. The story is cute… but way too much sex, too much nudity (was it really, really, really necessary?) & disappointment in what the ‘creators’ thought was needed to make a film appealing to the public. It makes me think they demean us by assuming our minds are underdeveloped… perhaps that is true in under 17 (I have read and heard that the brain does not fully develop til age 25)… but its IS demeaning to think I am going to watch a nice movie and find that they rely on physical sex, constant verbal references to sex/body parts and ridiculous characters who are totally focused on sex. Can’t we just leave that part as suggested vs thrown in my face? I want a sweet, nice story to watch & not have to look beyond the junk they throw in the story to make it appealing to the undeveloped mind of teens (yet this is a rated movie!)… what happened to intelligent movies?

    As for indie movies, I checked out a movie starred Martin Landau & Ellen Bystein (sp?) titled, “Lovely, Still” – which was nominated for a Spirit Award (their e

    • Agreed. I really dislike people assuming that I can’t enjoy a good story just for the sake of a good story without all the graphic stuff. Thanks for commenting!