March 31, 2008

Hope....Connects Us All

It's funny that Lani and I got to watch this movie on the same day within minutes from each other. She in New York and me here in Chicago. Like her, I did love the movie's simple but honest look on musicians, music and friendship. So I just wanted to add to Lani's post Guy Meets Girl.

On Oscar night this year, John Stewart made an unprecedented move and brought back Marketa Irgova, winner of Best Song for Falling Slowly from Once, since her speech was cut off by the orchestra before she could even deliver it. That was the best part, I think, of the Oscars! In fact, she had the best speech among the winners. It's very heartfelt and inspirational.....

“Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this, it’s just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much, who helped us along way. Thank you.”

-- Marketa Irglova

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Lawrence said...

What is quite amazing is that Ms. Irglova gave that thank speech extemporaneously, ie. it wasn't a prepared rehearsed speech. Show me any young woman, anywhere in the US who is as sincere and as humble as Marketa Irglova. She is a candle in the vast cultural darkness. May she be blessed to have her light grow.

Lani said...

Ms. Irglova was also one of the most beautiful women that Oscar night. And probably didn't have or need a battalion of people to get her ready that evening.

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