Music & More challenge

28.) favorite male interviewer

George Stroumboulopoulos

I liked George’s more serious approach to this Hobbit movie insterview, how he delved into the core of the story and allowed Richard to show his geeky side. Richard talked a bit about Tolkein’s background during World War I and how he thought that greatly influenced the story, particularly the character of Bilbo.


The idea of the small man stepping outside of his front door and being asked to go into great danger and fight, is pretty much what the Hobbit is about


Tolkien’s religious background was touched upon as well and how that influenced the chivalry and nobility expressed through kindness and mercy aspect of Tolkien’s writings. George then went on to talk about the subject of redemption and how in this story it was hard fought. George, have you watched Richard’s other work? Hard fought redemption is a recurring theme. Guy, Porter, Lucas…


I also liked that the subject of leadership was talked about and how Richard said that he learned about the kind of leadership he wanted to portray in Thorin, to inspire loyalty instead of command it, from Peter Jackson himself.


George didn’t weigh the whole interview down in seriousness though, he lightened things up by giving the whole audience Gandalf hats to wear and then talked about how the wizards were high all of the time! Then there was the fanvideo, purposely meant to poke fun at Richard a bit. He bashfully took it in stride and then turned it around to show appreciation for his fans instead, by embracing however they choose to follow and celebrate him and his work. a class act.


music question: your favorite male vocal song

Into the Mystic by Van Morrison

when I was 14 I liked the two Coreys; Corey Haim and Corey Feldman (who didn’t?!)


so I watched “Dream a Little Dream” multiple times, thus becoming familiar with the Van Morrison tune “Into the Mystic”. I really liked it and asked my mom who the singer was. she said I’d like him, so I bought his greatest hits…and I’ve liked Van Morrison ever since. what sets Van Morrison apart for me are the little things, those unassuming details brought about by his use of mandolins and other instruments while throwing in the occasional nonsensical word or shout-out. In this song, right before the line when that foghorn blows, it’s that soft ascending change that causes me to tilt my head along to the music.


Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic


What’s My Line?

Music & More Challenge

13.) a quote from your favorite interview

from the BBC America interview promoting Robin Hood, when asked how Richard felt about playing Guy:

I really like playing Guy. I think there’s a bit of a damaged soul there that has some salvation. I don’t admire everything that he does but I have learnt to understand him. I’m quite defensive of Guy, actually.


music question: a song by your favorite band

Cleaning Windows by Van Morrison

I like the “working man” focus of this song. The lyrics are just a simple explanation of his day, all the little details about what he did, what he saw, what he ate, etc. and it’s done in such a non-lyrical format. Then the chorus hits you with melody while it brings home the subject matter: this is a working man performing a menial job but it’s his life and he’s proud of it. I love that sentiment. My dad always told me that it doesn’t matter what you do in life, just give it the best you’ve got and be proud that it’s yours.

What’s my line?
I’m happy cleaning windows
Take my time
I’ll see you when my love grows
Baby don’t let it slide
I’m a working man in my prime
Cleaning windows