This is just a list off the top of my head. I might’ve missed out some of my favorites. Put on your best earphones if you plan to listen.
• The Spirit Tree, Ori and the Blind Forest
• Kids will be Skeletons, Life is Strange
• The Dragonborn Comes, Skyrim
• Quinn and Valor, League of Legends
• Ezio’s Family, Assassin’s Creed II
• Welcome to Los Santos, GTA V
• Naru Embracing the Light, Ori and the Blind Forest
• Tazer, Age of Empires II
• Main Theme, Max Payne
• From Past to Present, Skyrim
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I love Richard Dawkins quotes!
- “There is an anaesthetic of familiarity, a sedative of ordinariness which dulls the senses and hides the wonder of existence. For those of us not gifted in poetry, it is at least worth while from time to time making an effort to shake off the anaesthetic. What is the best way of countering the sluggish habituation brought about by our gradual crawl from babyhood? We can’t actually fly to another planet. But we can recapture that sense of having just tumbled out to life on a new world by looking at our own world in unfamiliar ways.”
- “The adult world may seem a cold and empty place, with no fairies and no Father Christmas, no Toyland or Narnia, no Happy Hunting Ground where mourned pets go, and no angels – guardian or garden variety. But there are also no devils, no hellfire, no wicked witches, no ghosts, no haunted houses, no daemonic possession, no bogeymen or ogres. Yes, Teddy and Dolly turn out not to be really alive. But there are warm, live, speaking, thinking, adult bed fellows to hold, and many of us find it a more rewarding kind of love than the childish affection for stuffed toys, however soft and cuddly they may be.”
- “We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with colour, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked — as I am surprisingly often — why I bother to get up in the mornings. To put it the other way round, isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be a part of it?”
- “Not to grow up properly is to retain our ‘caterpillar’ quality from childhood (where it is a virtue) into adulthood (where it becomes a vice). In childhood our credulity serves us well. It helps us to pack, with extraordinary rapidity, our skulls full of the wisdom of our parents and our ancestors. But if we don’t grow out of it in the fullness of time, our caterpillar nature makes us a sitting target for astrologers, mediums, gurus, evangelists and quacks. The genius of the human child, mental caterpillar extraordinary, is for soaking up information and ideas, not for criticizing them. If critical faculties later grow it will be in spite of, not because of, the inclinations of childhood. The blotting paper of the child’s brain is the unpromising seedbed, the base upon which later the skeptical attitude, like a struggling mustard plant, may possibly grow. We need to replace the automatic credulity of childhood with the constructive skepticism of adult science.”
- “There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.”
- “The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”
- “The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver. It is truly one of the things that make life worth living and it does so, if anything, more effectively if it convinces us that the time we have for living is quite finite.”
This particular post is dedicated to Studio Ghibli music only. Each of their films is accompanied by a great score. I’ve handpicked few tracks which often send me spiraling into the world of wonder and magic.
• Legend of Ashitaka, Princess Mononoke
• Requiem, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
• One Summer’s Day, Spirited Away
• Carrying You, The Castle in the Sky
• Become the Wind, The Cat Returns
• Dragon Boy, Spirited Away
• The Merry-Go-Round of Life, Howl’s Moving Castle
• Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara, Kiki’s Delivery Service
• Inochi no Kioku, The Tale of Princess Kaguya
• The Path of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro
• Dream of Flight, The Wind Rises
• Always With Me, Spirited Away
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Part 2 of the Beautiful Soundtracks series, containing tracks from various TV shows and films.
• Arrietty’s Song (Instrumental), The Secret World of Arrietty
• Intro Theme, The Pacific
• Allegro Cantabile (EP Piano Version), Nodame Cantabile
• Por Una Cabeza, used in Schindler’s List and Scent of a Woman
• The Merry-go-Round of Life, Howl’s Moving Castle
• The Money Train, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
• Mother of Dragons, Game of Thrones
• Now We Are Free, The Gladiator
• A Story of Boy Meets Girl, 500 Days of Summer
• Shipping up to Boston, The Departed
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A brilliant score always makes a movie or a TV series more enjoyable. I’ll be listing some great soundtracks from time to time, in no particular order.
• Song for Bob, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
• Forbidden Friendship, How to Train Your Dragon
• Main Theme, Scent of a Woman
• Mononoke’s Theme, Princess Mononoke
• Un Amico, Inglorious Basterds
• Lux Aeterna, Requiem for a Dream
• Main Theme, Schindler’s List
• The Rains of Castamere (Red Wedding version), Game of Thrones
• Welcome to Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park