Category Archives: Marion’s Favorites

Marion’s Favorite Things from books, music, art, travel, and anything else that he really enjoys.

Wisdom From Kammbia Movie Review: Soul

They released the animated movie Soul today on Disney Plus. I had seen the previews recently and was looking forward to watching the movie. It did not disappoint at all.

Soul tells the story of jazz musician Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx). He is a part-time high school band teacher trying to make a living but dreams of having one more chance at becoming a professional musician. Gardner is an extremely talented piano player and gets an opportunity to play with bandleader Dorothea Williams (voiced by Angela Bassett) and finally achieve his dream.

After his tryout with Dorothea, Gardner falls down a hole and is sent to a world where his life appears to end. Joe is determined to get back to Earth in order to pursue his big shot with Dorothea. However, he meets a being that seems to be a lost soul named Number 22 (voiced by Tina Fey).  Gardner is assigned to mentor her in an attempt to find a purpose for her life. Well, things go awry and the two of them begin the journey of self-discovery and what it means to be human.

The movie got somewhat esoteric with the story line beyond Joe’s everyday life. However, I thought it brought a deeper meaning on what truly matters in our lives. I really enjoyed this movie instead of a typical Christmas film. Also, I appreciated that jazz music and African American culture played a significant role in the movie that did not resort to stereotypes. The characters were solid (especially Joe Gardner’s mother) and kept the film on task despite the big topics it tried to address. I highly recommend Soul as a film the entire family can watch.  We needed a positive, life affirming movie to end one of the most challenging years I could remember.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 69: Silver Surfer #1 (1968) by Stan Lee & John Buscema

As a teenager, I had a huge comic book collection.  It was mostly Marvel and DC Comics with a few independent comic book publishers like Image, Dark Horse, and Valiant Comics. I read Avengers, Green Lantern Mosaic, Green Arrow, The Spectre, Sandman, and Icon (from Milestone Comics) during that time.  The Silver Surfer (along with Icon)… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Marion’s Favorite Reads of 2020

2020 is mercifully coming to a close, and it has been probably one of the most challenging years that I can remember.  A global pandemic.  A contentious American presidential election.  Big time celebrity deaths. So on and so on.  Reading has been choppy.  However, I read fifty books this year.  Here are my favorite reads… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Maysa Leak

I first heard Maysa Leak on my favorite band, Incognito’s 1993 album, Positivity.  The song called Deep Waters speaks about loving someone that she should stay away from but was being pulled deeper into his orbit.  There have been many songs throughout music covering that aspect of love.  However, Maysa’s voice glides over the music… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Brother Sister by The Brand New Heavies

As a music lover, I enjoy a variety of musical genres from old school R&B and Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban Music.  However, I was asked recently what is my favorite musical genre.  I told the person it is Acid Jazz. They immediately asked me what is Acid Jazz? Acid Jazz is a musical genre that… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary

I just finished watching a documentary on Ursula K. Le Guin, the great writer of Imaginative and speculative fiction. I know that Le Guin has categorized and championed herself as a science fiction and fantasy writer.  After watching this documentary, I get why she has embraced the genre as where she belongs. However, I believe… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Albrecht 2015 Pinot Gris

I’ve been wanting to branch out into white wines recently.  I have always preferred red wines (Malbec, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon) over white wines.  However, I heard a recent podcast about wines from the Alsace Region of France and the podcast host recommended that Pinot Gris was a good transition wine for red wine drinkers.… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 58: Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya

One of the great joys of reading fiction is when you get a novel that makes want to read on after you finished it.  There are a lot of novels I have enjoyed reading, but once I close the book or eBook (these days) then I’m done with it.  Well, Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya is… Continue Reading