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The ZS Roe Vlog

The Best Damn Musical Ever

The ZS Roe Vlog

Music is powerful … life changing, even. For most of us, music plays an integral part in our lives, even if it only serves to fill the silences that surround us. For me, I often need to pick up and strum my guitar whenever I’m stressed or feeling overworked. Somehow it allows me to unwind and decompress. Curiously, some films have the same effect on me, chief among them being the 2007 Irish indie musical, Once, which is today’s recommendation.

For newcomers unfamiliar with this project, The ZS Roe Vlog is my place to share the best in storytelling. Every two weeks I’ll recommend a novel, short story, poem, or film, and bring you along to the places in which these stories have particular significance.

So, without further adieu, I give you:

Once -- there's nothing better

Once tells the story of a street-musician and a flower seller who meet in the streets of Dublin and spend the following few days writing and recording music together. The two sing in a music store, on the back of a bus, and on the street late at night. As they come to know each other better, their feelings for each other begin to grow. But both have complicated pasts that keep them from allowing the relationship to become more than a close friendship, despite however much they might wish otherwise. In Once, we meet characters who are both simple and complex, who are charming, awkward, naïve, passionate, and flawed. Characters, in other words, who are fully human.

The ZS Roe Vlog is something of a passion project–a place for me to share with you my favourite stories from various genres and mediums.  It is created and written by me, and often shot by my wife or my sister.  That music in the background that totally rocks your world?  Yeah, I wrote and recorded that, too.  Far out, right?  In any event, If you have a comment or question, please leave a response below.  Thank you for reading and watching.


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