Guaranteed – Into the Wild OST

Yes. This happens to be my 3rd post & 4th mention about this movie and that goes on to show how much I loved it!. The current song am obsessed with is:


On bended knee is no way to be free
Lifting up an empty cup I ask silently
That all my destinations will accept the one that’s me
So I can breath…

Circles they grow and they swallow people whole
Half their lives they say goodnight to wives’ they’ll never know
Got a mind full of questions and a teacher in my soul
So it goes…

Don’t come closer or I’ll have to go
Holding me like gravity are places that pull
If ever there was someone to keep me at home
It would be you…

Everyone I come across in cages they bought
They think of me and my wandering
But I’m never what they thought
Got my indignation but I’m pure in all my thoughts
I’m alive…

Wind in my hair, I feel part of everywhere
Underneath my being is a road that disappeared
Late at night I hear the trees
They’re singing with the dead

Leave it to me as I find a way to be
Consider me a satellite for ever orbiting
I knew all the rules but the rules did not know me

Watch it on YouTube:

I have never written a proper movie review for this and came across this summary:

Into the Wild is based on a true story and the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer. After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless (Hirsch) abandons his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Courtesy: Apple

Also, a Music Review by a Pearl Jam fan:

For all those Pearl Jam fans out there, the release of what is essentially a solo acoustic Eddie Vedder album is manna from heaven. Of course, most PJ fans out there these days are in their 4th or 5th decade of life, and there are many young folks who view PJ as outmoded and other naysayers who have grown tired of Ed’s gruff, mumbly baritone. But I belong to the first group, so I think this little album is pretty great.

“Into the Wild” is a 30-minutish album that has Eddie playing a variety of acoustic instruments over 11 short tracks. It’s classic Vedder, but stripped-down and bare, kind of in the balladic “No Code” or “Binaural” vein with more acoustic strumming and minimal accompaniment. The tunes were written as a movie soundtrack, and having seen the film, it’s hard not to picture Emile Hirsch traipsing over hill and dale during the songs. On the other hand, most of the numbers do have lyrics, which is a bit unusual for a soundtrack, and was sometimes distracting for me in the theater. But this review is about the music…

Many of the tunes are upbeat, rocky-mountain-high, kind of anthems, as on “Setting Forth,” “Far Behind,” and the all-instrumental “Tuolumne.” The other half are more introspective, balladic numbers (in keeping with the kind of celebration of freedom/wasteful tragedy duality of Chris McCandless’ tale), as on the banjo-inflected “No Ceiling,” “Rise” (the ukulele invokes Ed’s “Soon Forget” from Binaural or “Goodbye” from A Broke Down Melody — I’m thinking an all uke-vocal album by Ed would be pretty great), “Long Nights,” “Society,” and “The End of the Road.” “Hard Sun” is a stand-out in a number of ways — clearly the one number that might either get radio-play or be released as B-side single. Also, it’s written by Robert Peterson (aka Indio) and features some backing chorus vocals by Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Corin Tucker (it would be awesome if Ed made a proper single out of “Modern Girl” and released it with “Hard Sun”). It’s definitely the big anthem of the album and the only tune over 4 minutes long. “Society” is the other track not written by Ed — in this case, the author is Jerry Hannan who also sings back-up underneath. “The Wolf” features Ed doing his Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan inspired vocal howling (reminiscent of “Arc” without the overdubs) over an organ drone. And then there’s “Guaranteed,” a great tune that really has two versions embedded in the same song — first the vocal version that has Ed singing over acoustic guitar (this was played during the end credits of the movie) and later, in a “hidden track,” the “Humming Version” that starts around 4:40 after a minute or two of silence (who invented hidden tracks anyway? why would I want to endure two minutes of silence or have to press fast forward to get to more music?). The humming version is what opens the film, and features Ed humming the sweet soulful melody over the same guitar rhthym. So for me, the standout tracks are “Hard Sun,” “Guaranteed,” “Setting Forth,” “Far Behind”, “Rise,” and “The Wolf.” That’s half the album, so you can see I think it’s all pretty great and will leave fans itching for a real solo album someday.

This review wouldn’t be complete without some discussion about iTunes. iTunes has available, for $2 more, the “deluxe version” of this album (NOT sold here at Amazon), which augments the original soundtrack with 4 more numbers — “No More” (a cover) and “Photographs” (a short instrumental) lifted from the soundtrack to the documentary ‘Body of War,’ a live version of “No More,” and a live version of “Here’s to the State,” one of Ed’s concert staples that has him railing against various operatives in the Bush administration. iTunes also sells “Guaranteed (Humming Version)” as a separate track, but it’s just the “hidden track” from the 7-minute “Guaranteed” that isn’t available as a single downloadable track. Since the original soundtrack is only about a half-hour long, most fans will welcome the extra 12 minutes of music, but the truth is the tunes don’t completely fit with the rest of the album and some will no doubt find the strong political messages of “No More” (War) and “Here’s to the State,” typical of Ed, tiring.

And so, “Into the Wild” is a short little album written as a movie soundtrack that is loaded with little gems by Eddie Vedder on vocals and acoustic strings. If you like Ed and can put up with the brevity of the songs themselves and the album as a whole, it’s sure to please, and leave you wishing there were more. And there is a little more, only if you’re interested you’ll have to get it from iTunes… or somewhere else ;).

Courtesy: Amazon

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So, it begins…

Sometimes in our lifetime, we come across something so beautiful, so amusing that we cannot stop but think about what we have just seen or heard. It can be a match of cricket where a batsman like Sehwag has demolished a bowling attack or a Formula 1 race where a driver comes all the way from the last place and goes on to win it or a speech delivered by a teacher or a letter from a friend. The source may be different but the effect is quintessentially the same – making a lasting impression on us – that there is more to life than just sitting at a workstation and typing away thousands of lines of code or making PowerPoint presentations, more than just sleeping away your entire weekend and cribbing that the Monday is already here. Did we always think that when we grow up, we will be stuck to a seat and that the television or a laptop will be our only source of entertainment?

We are prisoners of our own past. We crib that we miss childhood. Did we not face troubles when we were young? For a kid in his 1st standard, his annual exam in math is as difficult as the CAT paper to an MBA aspirant. We did have problems but more importantly, knew how to fix them. We did differentiate between the good and the bad. Then the choices were could be filtered with one question “Will Mom/Dad scold me if I do this?” Life was black and white. We did not care if the father of kid who sits next to us is a CEO or a cobbler as long as his handwriting was good so that we can copy form his book, we did not care if the guy wears a Louis Philippe shirt or got it stitched from a local tailor as long as he’s the best batsmen in the class or the teacher likes him.

We miss childhood because we had a clear picture; we knew our priorities very well and did what we wanted. We were free thinkers. We never tried to control any one or judge any one… we do that after we “grow up”. This whole bull shit about growing up, maturity and awareness is a myth. It’s an illusion created by a bunch of ppl who are dying of inferiority complex. I hate it when people look down upon the noble profession of teaching. It hurts me when they say law is a noble profession. If that was the case, why the hell are so many cases still pending and the bloody terrorist who attacked innocent ppl in Mumbai for 26/11 still alive and called ACCUSED of all things! It hurts when ppl say working in a big company is their dream. If that is the case, they haven’t woken up. Your dream is something that will make u happy by itself, not something that can help you get to a place where you can BUY happiness.

I. I once came across someone who asked me what I would do if I had a million dollars & told me that’s what I actually want in life. Seriously. Think about it for a moment. What do you want? Not the white collared zombie job. I want a page on Wikipedia dedicated to me. When the next time I open, and start typing “K”, I want my full name to appear as the first result and in fact all first 10 results. I want to make a short film. I want to be on TV. I want a bunch of school students to call me O Captain! My Captain! I want lots more and my job does NOT prevent me from doing it! As u can understand, I do not say quit your job. No, it’s a necessary evil, the slogging and working. We need food to eat and I understand that and also, with a little pain like that, even sugar will taste sweeter than it actually is.

I don’t like Chetan Bhagat and also did my part in trending #chetanblocks on twitter but can’t deny the fact that the fellow gave an amazing speech SIBM last year. An excerpt of it:

There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

“Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first”

Don’t take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? It’s ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, fall in love, little fights with your spouse. We are people, not programmed devices………”

Each day I count the hours until the day’s over. Then I count the days until the weekend. Then I count the weeks until the month is over, and the months until the next holiday. To do what? Wait for what to happen? End of the World? Death to come? What excites me is that life is temporary. I am too impatient to wait for death to come. That said, I would not go and kill myself. Never. If only, I knew the date, I would make a list of things to do and places to see and plan accordingly. And guess what, I already started my list and am done with 2 of those! Ah life. My life! … Where are you in yours?

Still not convinced?  I recommend you to watch these movies – My list of “Watch before you Die” (in no particular order)

Fight Club – A brash slap in the face of consumerism and the working dead. It questions reality. It is strikingly thought-provoking and visually stimulating. The direction is incredibly brilliant.

Into the Wild Humans want to work till 60 and then retire. And then there was this guy who almost got into Harvard Law, who realized the fact that life is temporary, much ahead of his time. He retired at 20 and started living and doing whatever he wanted to. Mixed with great music, this movie will either move or bore the viewer.

Good Will Hunting – A story of a 20 something stuck up in a wrong job and accepting that that’s his life until somebody else comes and tells him what he’s worth. A simple story told very well.

Dead Poets Society An English teacher encourages a bunch of students to do more in life, that there is more to life than just engineering and medicine, more than tradition and honor, more than marks and grades. There is art in some form or the other, but basically, there is art.

Dil Dosti Etc – A very unconventional movie which takes on the ego of man and what he does to satisfy it. Watch this only if you think you are broad-minded. (and Yes. I do have an inflated Ego.)

Dasvidaniya An ordinary guy comes to know that he’s about to die very soon and wants to have all the fun in life before he dies. So, he makes a list of things he wants to do. This will drive the viewer to moist eyes. (Dasvidaniya means goodbye in Russian)

American Beauty – A guy in his mid-life crisis realizes that he hates his life & must get a grip over it and starts doing all that would have done had he been younger. Epic.

If you are someone I know and/or living in Hyderabad, drop by. I have them all and totally believe in piracy and would love to share these. If not, drop a comment, will help you get these. None of these have any lovey-dovey emotions, not that they are bad, but these are about self discovery. These movies rock!

Hum Kis Gali Jaa Rahe Hain …Hum Kis Gali Jaa Rahe Hain… Apna Koi Thikaana Nahi!

P.S.The original title of this post was Catharsis. Later changed to Watch before you Die. And finally … So, it begins (my first Ranting Post).

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