Things Which Make Me Glad To Be Alive

We saw this preview while waiting for Confessions of a Shopaholic to begin, and I'm not gonna lie, I was actually crying by the end of it. 

The song used in this preview is called HoppĂ­polla and it is by an Icelandic band called Sigur Ros. I bought this album (Takk) in 2005 while we were living in New York City and this CD has come to define New York for me. Any time I put it on, I am there instantly. I had a really amazing moment on the 5-year anniversary of 9-11 with this CD. Now I play this album when I am doing yoga. I used to synch this one song up to my commute home from Merrill Lynch. We lived just three stops from Wall Street in Manhattan, and if I hit play the minute I got on the train, and the train didn't make me get off at Bowling Green to transfer to a Number 4, then I would get off the train at my stop in Brooklyn just in time for the best part of the song, and it never failed to make my heart beat hard. Some of my best New York memories are of walking home in time to this song.

Wait for the big crescendo, (at 3:00) and then imagine yourself someplace you really love. Then tell me you aren't glad to be alive, too.


  1. I just showed this little snippet to my kids (1 1/2 and 3 years old) I cried while they screamed and loved those animals - we can't wait to see this!

  2. we saw sigur ros in concert about 2 years ago and it was really amazing. that movie looks great and i love when good film and good music collaborate!

  3. basically this preview made me want to abandon my clothes and go find a motherless cub to nurture or something like that.

    i'm going feral

  4. I'm a little confused, I've got to tell you...all this footage is from a series called "Planet Earth" that BBC did in 2007! How did Disney get hold of it? Not to be a complete nerd here, but I totally own the DVD box set (I watch it when I'm stressed during finals, lol). Each hour long episode focuses on one type of environment: caves, shallow seas, deep oceans, plains, forests, etc. Anyway, save your $10.50 at the theater in Pullman and just netflix the series, I bet it's better than what Disney will do it. :) Besides, no one does nature commentary like David Attenborough.

    Also, "Takk..." is an awesome record. I'm kind of excited that other people listen to Sigur Ros! The new one is pretty rad, too.

  5. We have both Sigur Ros and the Planet Earth sets. Sigur Ros was the background music for our wedding reception we held outdoors. There are a few songs I particularly love, but altogether, I love them. Just last night I was looking for concert posters so I could frame them and hang them somewhere pretty in my home. Most likely they'd end up in our master bathroom, because my husband introduced me to their music. I'm thinking a good Sigur Ros poster, Rilo Kiley (husband liked them before they ever got radio airplay!) and ....can't figure out the third. if I could find one for Jem I'd do that. Anyways, thanks for the video link. Good stuff.


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