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Japanese composer and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto

What a beautiful man.

Unfortunately, he died almost a year ago.

Fortunately, his work survives.

I’ve been listening to his music for a while now, and just now came across this graceful trailer of his last opus, ‘opus’.

Why he didn't name it ‘sakamotopus’ is beyond be. Probably because he has class.

But still!

Wondering now,

What would (a) sakamotopus look like?

Moving on.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, arguably his most famous piano piece, is on my learn-to-play list, and is and will be on my ‘to-listen-to-regularly’ playlist for the foreseeable future.

Below, the version from the ‘opus’ film.

Isn’t the pristine 4K black and white exquisite?

The song is from the eponymous movie. I’ve always loved the word eponymous. For those of you that don’t know the word:



  • (of a person) giving their name to something. "the eponymous hero of the novel"

  • (of a thing) named after a particular person or group. "their eponymous debut LP"

Now I’m wondering… did I use it correctly?

No matter.

Moving on!

Music befitting film.

Sakamoto made many soundtracks and many are great.

The soundtrack he composed for ‘the revenant’ is one of my favorites:

sparse, lonely and longing; a glimmer of hope, enveloped and somehow connected to boundless mystery.

The music a better distillation of what the film is about, than the film itself, perhaps.

A mesmerizing soundtrack.

Even if you have no minute to spare,

listen to the first thirty seconds below.

Step back, breathe out, let go, and be.

Hear the images, see the music and stop the work.

Finally, a playlist with a fitting last song,

called happy end



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