To be a musician

Monday night I went out to see a little movie named Once with Megan. It follows the adventures of a vacuum repairman (Glen Hansard of The Frames) who spends his spare time playing acoustic guitar and singing on the street for change. It’s a great movie about what it means to be a musician – how personal it can be and how it can forge meaningful relationships quickly. And it’s incredibly accessible, for musicians and non-musicians alike. The love story (of course) takes place and the characters are defined mostly through the movie’s unpretentious and beautiful songs.

Near the beginning Glen asks “do you know about music?” You sense that he is asking about more than just listening to it or playing an instrument. If you want to know a little more about music go see Once.

Good coverage of the movie and its story are on NPR’s website. Also, showtimes.

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