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Interview with Pat Keane - Mastering Engineer (he makes music sound good)!

Interview with Pat Keane - Mastering Engineer (he makes music sound good)!

Pat Keane may have one of the best jobs on the planet.  His job is to make music sound good.  He's the last step in the process for any recording artist when cutting an album.  He is a mastering engineer.  It's his job to add the final polish that turns a collection of music tracks into a complete album. On St, Patrick's Day, I had the opportunity to join Pat in his mastering studio and watch him at work.  

Movies: "The Place Beyond the Pines"

Movies: "The Place Beyond the Pines"

The title is confusing, sounding perhaps like some teen horror movie, but it’s actually the Mohawk name for Schenectady, NY, where this complex, well-made film takes place.

It opens with a bravura steadicam shot worthy of Martin Scorsese, as we follow motorcycle stunt rider Luke (a blond, heavily tattooed Ryan Gosling) through a crowded fairground.  (The cinematography is by Sean Bobbitt, who delivers several more boffo set-pieces along the way, including a jumpy police chase.)

 

Movies: "Admission"

Movies: "Admission"

 

Unlike most of the rest of the country, I went to see “Admission.” 

 

That is because the movie is set at Princeton University, my (ahem) alma mater.  In this, I was not disappointed.  The scenes of the sun-dappled campus, an appearance by the A capella group The Nassoons, and the sense that this is a truly place where really bright students study really great stuff were all pleasing.  

 

Unfortunately, the movie was not so much.

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Ever have a book that you wish didn't end, because you love the characters so, so much?  This is The Silver Linings Playbook for me.

Once again, I crawled out from whatever rock I must live under, because I didn't know about this book until I watched the Oscars and discovered that it was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.  (True confessions, I don't read New York Times Book Review, and I'm thinkin' that I should.)

(Special note: you don't have to like football to love this book.  Yes, there's a football helmet on the cover.  Don't think it's "a sports book."  It's not about athletes, but it IS about how people can connect with each other through a common interest, when they would never "connect" in any other way - from total strangers, to a father and a son.)

Hey Mr. DJ!

Hey Mr. DJ!

John Dewitt, aka Undrig is one of the most prominent and best DJs in Maine if not all of New England.  I found my interview with him to be very refreshing and informative.  Click HERE to get inside his head and see what makes him tick.

Movies: "Oz the Great and Powerful"

Movies: "Oz the Great and Powerful"

 

Disney Studios took a big risk with this prequel to “The Wizard of Oz.”  After all, the original is one of the most beloved movies in history;  any attempt to tinker with it would bring out the pitchforks and torches.  

 

Also, “Oz” is the property of Warner Bros., who sent a team of lawyers to look over Disney’s shoulder to make sure nothing from that movie turned up in the new one.  Even ruby slippers were banned from the set.  

 

Abraham Lincoln, Samurai

Abraham Lincoln, Samurai

You thought Honest Abe toted that axe around for rail-splitting?  Think again.

I'm really trying to stick to my process of reading the book before seeing the movie. 

In celebration of Golden Globe / Oscar season, the South Portland Public Library put up a terrific display featuring many books that have been made into movies.   One of the choices was Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.... sign me up!

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