Monday, June 27, 2011

Music, Lyrics, and Harmony

Last night my husband and I watched the movie Music and Lyrics for the second time.
It's a sweet and frothy movie... a perfect way to top my evening chai tea latte. There really wasn't much substance, but the endearing entertainers charmed their way into our living room and it truly was a special ending to a not-so-bad day.

Drew Barrymore is one of my favorite actresses... so adorable! Her character is Sophie, who is a down-on-her-luck kind of gal and certainly not working to her potential. Alex (Hugh Grant), an '80s pop diva, is now singing for amusement parks and reunions. Alex's big break comes when a young, rising superstar asks him to write the music and lyrics to one of her new songs. Cramped for time, Alex hires a lyricist and while the two of them are laboring over just the right jingle, Sophie shows up to water Alex's plants. To make a long story short, Sophie ends up writing the lyrics (I'm not going to divulge just how that happened... you'll have to watch the movie).
After spending countless hours together, they fall in love... of course!
...and the music and lyrics to "Way Back Into Love" were perfectly written and arranged!

The story doesn't end there. When steamy, zen-like Cora Corman hears her new song for the first time, she loves it and choreographs a sensual, seductive dance routine to lure her drooling on-lookers. This sends Alex and Sophie spiraling into a disharmonious squabbling match.
She felt as though Cora's antics on stage cheapened a beautiful love song and he could care less how the song came off as long as he got his big break back into the music industry. Once again, Sophie was left disillusioned and heart broken.
Seeking to please our selfish ambitions often leads to the destruction of relationships. Alex placed his music career above a harmonious love affair.
He recognized fairly quickly that money and fame do not take the place of love and companionship. He missed Sophie and he was willing to sacrifice whatever was necessary to bring peace and harmony back to their relationship.
On a scale from 1-10, I give this movie a 9 (probably because nothing is perfect... right?). I loved it! It quenched all of my emotions and I was left begging for more. The epitome of a feel-good movie. As for the actors... they were outstanding and are at the tippy-top of my list of favorites.

As for me... I'm going on my own quest for harmony by being less self-seeking and more others-centered.


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