Forrest Gump (1994) is one of the most successful films ever made, winning Tom Hanks his second successive Best Actor Oscar (he won the previous year for Philadelphia) as well as claiming the Best Picture Oscar and many other awards and nominations, including several for music. A unique fable of American life from the 1950s to the 80s, the film blends comedy, drama, war, romance and groundbreaking special effects into a social and political portrait of the passing years, all seen through the eyes of the intellectually challenged but immensely likeable Forrest Gump. The soundtrack is a double album featuring 31 classic pop tunes plus a suite from Alan Silvestri's rich orchestral music, represented more completely on the companion score album. Opening with Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog", this is a fine anthology of three decades of American music, taking in everything from Joan Baez's "Blowin' In The Wind" to Aretha Franklin's "Respect", The Mammas and The Papas' "California Dreamin'" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson". Here also is Scott McKenzie with "San Francisco", plus Jefferson Airplane, the Supremes, Lynyrd Skynrd and many more. Like American Graffiti (1973), this is one of the great pop soundtracks, happily at home in just about any music collection.
Tough 'Duff is the second album by organist Jack McDuff recorded in 1960 and released on the Prestige label. Jack McDuff switched from bass to organ in the 1950s and left near-poverty in Chicago for fame and celebrity in New York. Featured first with Willis Jackson and then with his own band, McDuff built a huge following almost immediately. Tough ‘Duff, his second LP as a leader, was the first of two meetings with Jimmy Forrest. Their organ/tenor interplay is remarkable throughout; Forrest is at the top of his game. The program is solid mainstream fare which leads to a minimum of confusion and maximum of swing.
A sweaty and exciting Forrest Yoga class with Ana Forrest for the intermediate and athletic beginner yoga student. Set your intention for the day, on the mat and in the world, by cultivating pleasure, delight, and strength.
This DVD is a wonderful beginning yoga resource and a great introduction to Ana Forrest Yoga. While some of the poses may be challenging to people new to yoga, the long holds give one a chance to really find their comfort zone in each posture and Ana's ongoing and insightful tips for practice really help the practitioner to learn what they need to know. Her emphasis on linking the breath and intention with the poses helps the beginner to learn to maintain focus while practicing. As in much of Forrest Yoga, there is a special emphasis on developing core and upper body strength so at the end of the class, one feels like they've had a workout. The basic class runs for about one hour. Also included on this DVD, is a beautiful demonstration by Ana of advanced flow yoga that is graceful, lyrical and inspiring to watch, though most of us will never practice this level of asana.