When I was writing about a song from A Star is Born I was surprised to learn I hadn’t already reviewed today’s featured movie – Crazy Heart. This is one of my favourite recent movies which earned Jeff Bridges his first Academy award after seven nominations. It was made for just 7 million dollars but grossed 47 million. It tells the story of a once famous country music artist who suffers from alcoholism and tries to turn his life around after beginning a relationship with a young journalist.
For most of my adult life I too have succumbed to alcoholism and I could relate a lot with this story. Apart from The Big Lebowsky, Crazy Heart is my preferred performance from Jeff Bridges who is one of the least self-conscious screen actors I have seen. The song from Crazy Heart called The Weary Kind (presented below) is very moving.
Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician.
“Bad” Blake has a son, aged 28, with whom he has not had contact in 24 years. I have a daughter Johanna ( & Visions of Johanna) who I also have not had contact with for about the same period of time. I wrote about Johanna in The Kookaburra Moment trilogy. I miss her dearly. She attended my baptism shortly after the passing of my father.
An article which will feature in an upcoming ‘Monday – News on The March‘ called ‘When You Overcome Yourself‘ couldn’t be closer to the truth for me. Here is an excerpt:
Energy is free flowing—concentrated inward, or concentrated outward to concentrate energy outward, is to give up yourself
is to give up greed
is to give up lust
is to give up.
You will be surprised what will come to you..