I finally managed to watch the movie "Once" last night. I had been intrigued ever since my blog friend Gina posted about it a while ago, and then more so when the actor/singers won the Oscar for Best Song at this past Academy Awards.
Well, the movie and the music did not disappoint. The onscreen chemistry was obviously genuine as they are now a real life couple. I loved the message in the film; it wasn't an overly complicated film, just a simple story about a guy and a girl, their dreams, their friendship and their music. Beautiful. Here's a clip of their performance on the Awards show just before they won.
On a sad note, I was shocked to hear about the passing of the wonderful Canadian musician Jeff Healey. He succumbed to the rare form of retinal cancer that took away his eyesight at the age of 8 months. He truly was a fantastic musician, not only rock and blues guitarist, but Ian and I actually saw his jazz band play at a small club not too many years ago where he played trumpet and I believe clarinet. You had to see this to believe it.
Here is a clip of him performing, to give you glimpse of his amazing talent, especially as a guitar virtuoso.
The world has lost a another unique master. He was only 41 years old.