Art Crusade vol. 8

Finding Our Spark

Finding Our Spark

The Oscar awards were a little over a week ago. I’m always interested in the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. The 2021 nominees included Wolf WalkersOnwardOver the MoonA Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmegeddon, and Soul. 

Soul won both the Animated Feature Film and Music(Original Score) Oscars.

Soul movie synopsis:

Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks, and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.

On the Soul’s website, it says the movie is about “What is it that makes you…YOU?"

What is the “spark” that makes you alive? 

In my journey to make a living as an artist, it has been easy to confuse spark and purpose. It would be easy to assume that “our spark” is our purpose in life, which is a conversation for much wiser people than me.  What I do know is the spark I feel while drawing and creating makes me feel alive. There are so many other sparks around us if we look and pay attention; a beautiful color, music, the voice of someone we love, and just sitting in the warm sunlight. In the end, Soul reminds us that we should not wait for our life to begin; but start living life to the fullest right now.


Soul (Pixar) - Trailer

Robin Williams: Spark Of Madness (YouTube)

Listening :

Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross one the Oscar for Music(Original Score). Maybe don’t let the kids go on a deep dive into Trent Reznor’s music catalog until they are a little older, but the Soul soundtrack is great.

Soul (original motion picture soundtrack)

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