captain fantastic

When you have kids (mine is 16 months) you really don’t go see movies anymore. My wife and I watch plenty of them — it’s just going to the cinema is nearly impossible. Even still, I’m jerry-rigging my busy teaching schedule to see Captain Fantastic this week.

Captain Fantastic is directed by actor/writer, Matt Ross, who is known to me as Gavin Belson from HBO’s Silicon Valley. [Side note: Silicon Valley is hilarious and you should be watching it.]

Captain Fantastic is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen. The story centers on a family who are forced by circumstances to reintegrate into society after living in isolation for a decade.

The movie is a broader allegory about parenting, and it questions our culture and social conventions. Needless to say, I’m am totally on board with the concept of this movie. 

I’ll be doing more music from Alex Somers’ ambient and ethereal score — so I’ll be able to give you a review in an upcoming post.

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How to play Memories for guitar, by Alex Somers

Alex Somers is an American visual artist and musician. He is currently living in Reykjavík, Iceland with his long-time boyfriend, Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson, the vocalist and guitar player for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. 

Alex Somers music for Captain Fantastic is ambient and dramatic. The songs are filled with melancholy melodies.

The guitar tab for Memories is only a single page long. It’s very easy to play.

Although you could just as easily play this song on an acoustic guitar — I’m using a VOX Vt40x amp with on-board effects. My setting for Memories are: the AC30 module, hall reverb, and delay. This amp uses a tube in the preamp to create a warmer tube sound. You can also manipulate the tube expression within the amp.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Memories is tuned like this from low to high:  E G D G B E. Essentially you’ll tune your A (5th) string down to G. That’s it.

Memories for guitar (Alex Somers)

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