The Changelog, 9/19/16

“You Must Change Your Life.” — Rainer Maria Rilke, Archaic Torso of Apollo

Things inspiring me this week, inviting me into deeper living and deeper appreciation of the beauty all around us.

  1. The Little Prince on Netflix. If you are hoping for a straight up film adaptation of the novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, you won’t find it here. While I know that that book is beloved by many, the film uses that story as a jumping off point to tell a new, and also extremely beautiful, story about childhood and love and loss. The animation, particularly the portions that re-tell the story of the novel, is gorgeous and it’s a soul-enriching view for the whole family. Go watch it!
  2. On The Incarnation, by Saint Athanasius. Reading this again in preperation for Advent. Nothing I could say could capture the beauty and simplicity of this book. One of the greatest minds of church history describes one of the greatest mysteries of our faith with eloquence and depth and accessibility. This book is a treasure.
  3. Deutsche Grammophon — The oldest record label (founded in 1898) is still turning out classical music, but over 100 years into it’s run, it’s still taking chances, releasing records by contemporary composers like Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson that are steeped in the history of art music, but building on the past with contemporary production techniques and instrumentation that feels fresh and exciting.
  4. Speaking of Jóhann Jóhannsson, his latest release on Deutsche Grammophon, Orphée (Spotify, Apple Music), is a musical expression of deep emotion and beauty, inspired by the myth of Orpheus. Here’s the opening track and a short trailer for the album.