I'm learning how to play accompaniments to songs just using the basic chords in their respective keys. My assignment for this week (after my teacher went through several folk songs that I never learned as a kid) (she didn't list any Vietnamese ones!) is "My Country 'Tis of Thee." So I'm going through the song today: My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
And the first thought that pops into my head: Well, that's just redundant. Why the second personal pronoun?
Seriously. I don't think I'm ever going to be a musician.
"American Beauty" is on TNT again tonight. I caught part of it the other night, too. It's funny, when I first saw it in 1999, I thought it was going to be this major movie that could maybe make a big impact -- as big of an impact as a movie can make, I guess. But then it sort of disappeared and I just forgot about it. And now it's on again and I'm watching it, and it's entertaining, but there's not that much enduring profoundness for me. I guess the closer I get to quiet suburban desperation (and by closer I mean knowing people who I can believe might possibly be living it) the less interested I am in seeing it on television. I mean, I think it's well-done and the acting is really good. But I wonder if the time for torpor has passed.
You know, maybe it's the commercials, too.