Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

Everything is Practice is a  black-and-white short film, which documents filmmaker and Oscar nominee Spike Lee coaching his son’s soccer league practice in New York City’s Chinatown.  The film guides viewers through the parks and ball fields of New York City, and blends Spike Lee’s distinctive narrative voice with the patter of kicked soccer balls, the chatter of sideline spectators and the constant sounds of the honking, screeching grind of New York City.

Lee’s narrative describes coaching children, his son’s soccer practices, the relationships various people have with soccer and simply being a parent.  The film gives the viewer a new perspective about soccer, very different from the glitz, action and glamor that one sees in the broadcasts of World Cup games.  Behind every goal and every moment in life, everything is practice indeed.

Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

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The Heart is a Metronome: A Father and Son’s Love Despite Themselves

The Heart is a Metronome: A Father and Son’s Love Despite Themselves

Le Coeur est un Métronome (The Heart is a Metronome) is a wonderfully moving four-minute animated short film by the young French filmmaker Jean-Charles Mbotti-Malolo.  What happens when children really grow up and become young men, when they no longer necessarily accept admonishment from their fathers for their misdeeds.  What happens when both adults throw a tantrum and storm out of the house?  Do they fall out of love with each other?

In this touching film, dancing is the high point of the exchanges between the two characters, because it is their only means of communication.  And it is the street dance routines that entertain and mark this movie out as so special, slick, rhythmic movements, quite perfectly animated and indeed choreographed, as father and son perform together almost despite themselves.

While watching this inspiring film, I could not help but reminisce about the legendary Gregory Hines-Sammy Davis Jr. Tap Challenge in the movie Tap.

The Heart is a Metronome: A Father and Son’s Love Despite Themselves

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A Father’s Day Moment: Only a Dad, But the Best of Men

A Father’s Day Moment: Only a Dad, But the Best of Men

Only A Dad

By Edgar Albert Guest

Only a dad with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame
To show how well he has played the game;
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come and to hear his voice.

Only a dad with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd,
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.

Only a dad but he gives his all,
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen:
Only a dad, but the best of men.

Sharecropper Bud Fields at Home with His Family in Hale County, Alabama (1936)

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

James Agee

Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through
his great power from the beginning.
There be of them, that have left a name behind them,
that their praises might be reported.
And some there be which have no memorial; who perished,
as though they had never been born; and are become as
though they had never been born; and their children after them.
But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.
With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance,
and their children are within the covenant.
Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.
Their seed shall remain forever, and their glory shall not be blotted out.
Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth
for evermore.

Bright Eyes: First Day of My Life

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