movies, Music

‘Baby Driver’ Will Make You Want to Head West in a Car You Can’t Afford…

I first saw the movie ‘Baby Driver’ with a friend back when it premiered in theaters in late June. I was drawn to it because Ansel Elgort plays the role of the main character, Baby. Little did I know I would walk out of the theater for that first time with a movie to add to my ‘all-time favorites’ list. It seemed I could not stop talking about it and ended up dragging my dad to the theater so I could see it for a second time and for him to get introduced to the amazing movie. Now, basically five months later, the movie is in my possession and my eye has set its enthralled gaze upon the action-packed scenes that are impressively choreographed to music for a grand total of six times. The sixth time commenced last night, when Valparaiso University’s UPC showed it for free along with popcorn. I have not grown tired of watching it yet and I do not think that I ever will…

‘Baby Driver’ follows the storyline of Baby, a getaway driver for a crime boss named Doc. In order to stay focused on the tasks at hand, Baby listens to music constantly and while the movie is playing, you get to listen to the music along with him. Whenever the headphones get pulled from Baby’s ears and his listening stops, so does yours. The music helps him stay focused because he has a condition called Tinnitus, which means he has a constant ringing in his ears that he got from getting in a car wreck when he was a little boy.

You glean the information of how Baby came to work for Doc around the middle of the plot. I would release that information here, but I do not want to give away a lot of details. All you need to know is that Baby is a getaway driver that wants to get out of the business and in the midst of all the craziness falls in love with a diner waitress. You’ll have to see the movie for yourself to fill in the missing holes. Make sure to play close attention to not only the actors, but also to the surroundings because lots of easter eggs are hidden throughout.

As I watched it for the sixth time, there was yet another easter egg that I caught and I did not think there could have possibly been more for me to miss. Baby Driver is such a fun and fast-paced movie filled with music, action, and intertwined with a little bit of love.

It is a movie you do not want to miss out on so pull up your bed, couch, chair, or whatever you find comfiest; grab that bag of popcorn or your preferred snack and enjoy. Afterwards, you will understand what I mean when I say ‘Baby Driver’ will make you want to head West in a car you can’t afford with a plan you don’t have…

~Lex

(P.S. If you would like a viewing buddy, hit me up)

 

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Music

The Genius of a Songwriter

This past Thursday my family and I got to attend a concert. This concert was held at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN and did not start on time due to a storm that passed through. However, unlike the people that gave up and left/tried to sell their tickets, we stuck it out because nothing was going to stop us from seeing these amazing artists. This concert was called the Honda Civic Tour with James Arthur opening (sounded just like the album, oh my goodness I fell more in love) followed by Fitz & the Tantrums and last, but not least, One Republic came on and graced the stage (cue screaming). Not too long ago I became a pretty big fan of James Arthur and have had his album entitled “Back from the Edge” on repeat in my car. When it comes to Fitz & the Tantrums, everyone knows their one song that is on the radio all. the. time. but their other music is really good and catchy as well so I made sure to take a listen before the date of the concert. My ears have been listening to One Republic for years and years without having seen them in concert. When the day finally came, I was more than excited and the show was better than I could have expected…

Ryan Tedder is the lead singer of One Republic and if you do not know who they are or who he is please go to google and do yourself a favor. I shall post a group photo below for your enjoyment:

One Republic portraits - Sydney

First off, Ryan Tedder does not write songs for only his band. He has written and co-written several pieces with other major artists including Beyoncé, Adele, and Ed Sheeran. Ryan is just plain amazing so if you do not listen to One Republic, it is now obvious that you should. Pull out your smartphones, tap that YouTube button, and go nuts. During the concert, he sang “Halo” (Beyoncé), “Rumor Has It” (Adele), and “Happier” (Ed Sheeran). I love all the original versions of these songs and I now officially have a second favorite for each. If you would like to take a listen to Ryan performing these songs, shoot me an email and I can send you the short videos I took.

Every song Ryan writes has meaning and when he sings, you can hear the emotion and the love that he has for music. He does not just go through the motions. He gives the performance his all and never disappoints. I made the title of this post “The Genius of a Songwriter” because that is exactly what Ryan Tedder is. He is humble, he is brilliant when it comes to songwriting and music in general, and he is not hard on the eyes either (bonus!). Ryan gives the world of music his heart and soul, so what more could we ask for? When One Republic came out and after they sang a few songs, Ryan confessed he was afraid that the show was not going to happen because of the weather, but then God said ‘let there be music’.

20170713_225704“I’m a sucker for pop melodies, things you can’t get out of your head” – Ryan Tedder

I know you are itching to go listen to One Republic songs now so I will conclude this post with lyrics from one of their songs…

Hope when you take that jump, You don’t feel the fall
Hope when the water rises, You built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out, They’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs, You choose to stay
Hope that you fall in love, And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know, is give it all you have
And I hope that you don’t suffer, But take the pain…
Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say
I…I did it all
I…I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

~Lex