"Words Win Wars" - Murray Gold, Doctor Who Series 5 OST
Quite a good day.
There is nothing in Tree of Life that comes anywhere near this:
The photo is called The Birth of Earth, and is by Terje Sorgjerd, and appeared in the 2010 National Geographic photo competition. (And didn’t win?!) When I saw it this week, it stopped me dead in my tracks. I stared at it. I couldn’t do anything but stare it, for what seemed like quite a long time.
It was taken during the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption, and comes to my attention c/o the Ebert Club newsletter, which is so far beyond being worth its subscription price that it doesn’t even bear talking about. Marie, who curates the newsletter for Mr. Ebert, working from Vancouver, dumpster-dives the internet week by week, and always - always - manages to find me at least three specific things: a “holy shit” item; a really well written article; and a trailer for a movie I had not heard of, and will now want to see.
But back to the power of god. Oddly similar in composition and tone to my internal imagination of the great cataclysm at the heart of my favourite book, The Amber Spyglass, The Birth of Earth is an amazement to me because it is so far beyond what we mere mortals would be capable of dreaming up with our ongoing efforts to capture the “bigness” of the cosmos in our art. Even my pale mental imaginings, mentioned above, of The Amber Spyglass have nothing on all that is happening in that single frame of photography - and that photo is real. We think we’re butted up against the end of the thing; think our digital paintbox has opened up the vastness of cosmic time and interstellar space. But no. We’re not even thinking beyond the confines of our own sandbox. There’s so much more.Read more