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Jan 25 / boomitude

A Word From The Godfather

We recently came across this interview with Francis Ford Coppola that is so inspiring we just had to share it. Though he is best known as the Godfather of filmmakers, what he has to say about art, risk and the creative process can easily be applied to any endeavor including our own little ‘matter of life and music’ story. Reading it has made us take a step back and really consider how his brilliant insights might affect what we are trying to do here at boomitude. Along with many other choice nuggets, he says directors should be able to sum up the point of their movie with one word. That keeps things on track when unsure of which path to take. (I’m sorry, but by movie does he mean life?) Since reading his sage advice, it helped us crystallize our own word. If boomitude is about any one thing, it’s about discovery. So much has changed in music over the years and if like us, you predate the digital age, you can feel how that sense of discovery we all grew up with has been somewhat lost along the way. It’s not about living in the past but instead recapturing a familiar feeling by simply sharing the cool stuff that really moves us today. When we make a discovery about music (or film or art), we want to share it with our ‘friends’ and basically that’s what boomitude is all about. It’s an attitude toward music (and perhaps life) that is steeped in discovery. Francis may not be talking about music here, but the spirit of discovery contained within this short article struck such a chord, we just couldn’t resist it. (For the record, we could have easily used the word ‘refuse’ right then, but did not!) And if like us, you appreciate the movies of your generation as much as the music, then it’s likely you also secretly wish Francis Ford Coppola was your own Godfather. Enjoy his words of wisdom courtesy of 99U.com:


Francis Ford Coppola
Photo via Grazia Magazine

Over the course of 45 years in the film business, Francis Ford Coppola has refined a singular code of ethics that govern his filmmaking. There are three rules: 1) Write and direct original screenplays, 2) make them with the most modern technology available, and 3) self-finance them… [ continue reading ]