Pretty recently, I went to a Saint Motel concert with 2 of my really good friends. It was such an awesome night at an amazing venue. This was the first concert I'd been to in years so I had no idea of what to expect, but looking back I'm glad I didn't have any expectations, I was just there to be there. Like I said, great night. Anyways, as any person would after a concert, I immediately decided I needed to listen to everything this band had ever released (it's a pretty fair undertaking, I'll let you know when I accomplish it) so I added the station Saint Motel Radio to my Pandora account. For those who don't know, Pandora.com is an online music streaming platform that uses your "likes" to customize a station just for you (for free!) I've already heard a ton of amazing songs on this station that are creative and lilting and rhythmic and beautiful. I'm obsessed. Here are some of the new artists and songs that I've heard:
Artist: Saint Motel (duh...)
Elle's Favorites: Sweet Talk, Born Again, You Can Be You (I could honestly list the whole album)
Artist: Foster the People
Elle's Favorites: Sit Next To Me, Doing It For The Money
Artist: Declan McKenna
Elle's Favorites: Brazil, Why Do You Feel So Down
Elle's Favorites: Not Too Late, Closer
If you want to hear my station, click here, and let me know if you like it!
Yesterday I was eating dinner with my friend and we started talking about quantum physics. Casual, I know. In an attempt to explain it to my not-primed-for-physics brain, she tried to describe an experiment which quantum physicists created to examine how light behaves. Notice I said tried... I definetly was not getting it. But later that night she sent me a video featuring Dr. Quantum, renowned animated physicist.
Essentially, Dr. Quantum explained that light only behaves a certain way when it is observed. Think "if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it really make a sound?"
Quick side-note: I forgot how that phrase was worded and googled it. Guess what it relates to... QUANTUM THEORY. WHATTT?
I honestly still cannot wrap my head around this. I have so many questions too:
Last weeked I went to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone accompanied by a live orchestra. I love Harry Potter, like, love Harry Potter but I was a little skeptical as we walked into the gigantic theater with HP fanatics surrounding me. Over the past few years I've barely had time to nurse my Netflix addiction, much less my reading addiction. With that has come the fear that my love of reading, something that used to define me, had dimished.
Man was I wrong.
The first thing that caught my eye when we sat down was the first chair violinist. Her hair was a bright magenta color which immediately threw me off. My initial, extremely intelligent thought was, "man, she's probably cool." The lights in the theater signaled that the show was about to begin and the theater dimmed and hushed. The orchestra shuffled for a moment and at the stroke of my new magenta-haired idol's bow, they did the thing. I'm not sure what its called, but I know you know what I'm talking about. I love it when the orchestra does that, completely in unison. It never fails to give me goose bumps. Over the next three hours I sat in amazment at both the movie and the parts of it I'd never seen before, and the orchestra and how it actually sounded just like the movie. It was amazing, and several times I forgot it was an orchestra, they were simply another piece of the film, perfect and polished.
The minute the lights came up I turned to my mom and asked, "do you know where our copy of The Sorcerer's Stone is?"
I'm currently sitting in a joint coffee and bagel shop watching as people walk by outside. I feel very much like a teenager in a movie. In just a moment my best friend will swoop in and sit down on front of me and fill me in on what I've missed – what have I missed, you ask? I don't know, just go with it, I'm narrating right now. Next, we'll jump up and run to my car, laughing, and speed onto the next plot point.
I think the title speaks perfectly to the topic of this blog. Basically it will be about anything, you'll just hear about it from my perspective. Let me leave you with this:
I happened upon this quasai definition maybe a few months ago,
sonder - n. that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own
I think this is what happens when I hear, read, or watch something. It's suddenly as though little stars of thought dot a character's mind and ideas like planets that are suspended throughout are suddenly visable. I've probably even gotten that realization from someone else having that realization and sharing it. In any case, I think I'd like this blog to be an exploration of sonder, fictional and non-fictional, however you take that.