Making the Transition

Typically, the actor-turned-musician route is a bust. Sure, some musicians make good actors, but I’m hard-pressed to think of any decent actors who successfully transitioned to the music world. Instead, the failed (and sometimes downright painful) attempts of Scarlett Johansson, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Joaquin Phoenix, David Hasselhoff, and most recently, Jessica Biel spring to mind.

But I suppose there’s an exception to every rule. And no, I’m not talking about Will Smith here. I recently stumbled across this video of Ryan Gosling playing with the Silverlake Children’s choir in what is essentially a two-man project with Zach Shields titled Dead Man’s Bones:

Gosling has proven his acting skills in films like Lars and the Real Girl and Half Nelson. I mean the man was nominated for an Oscar. And then he comes out with this. I love how simultaneously eerie and beautiful it is. How wonderfully Gothic. Of course, all the kids dressed up in costumes makes it that much better.  Their self-titled album (which features the ghoulish children’s choir) is slated to come out on October 6th.

In other news, after a two-year hiatus (presumably to work on his music), Gosling is in two upcoming films including one that matches him up with the lovely Michelle Williams.


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"He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends."

- Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being


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