Archive for June, 2010

In the land of…..Memphis and Seeing Red

From The NY TIMES as reviewed by Charles Isherwood:

Sex and race and rock ’n’ roll made for a potent, at times inflammatory, combination in the 1950s, when the new musical “Memphis” is set. But there’s no need to fear that a conflagration will soon consume the Shubert Theater, where the show opened on Monday night. This slick but formulaic entertainment, written by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, barely generates enough heat to warp a vinyl record, despite the vigorous efforts of a talented, hard-charging cast. While the all-important music, by Mr. Bryan of Bon Jovi, competently simulates a wide range of period rock, gospel and rhythm and blues, the crucial ingredient — authentic soul — is missing in action. —- 

Dare I suggest that “Memphis” is the Michael Bolton of Broadway musicals? I do.”

To read the whole article on the reveiew: 

As of last Sunday, Memphis took home the 2010 Tony Award for best musical.

I am betting this will now be on the near future list for Sam Germany.

As for the Tony for the best play, that went to Red. It is a play by American writer John Logan about artist Mark Rothko first produced by the Donmar Warehouse, London in December 2009. The original production was directed by Michael Grandage and performed by Alfred Molina as Rothko and Eddie Redmayne as his assistant Ken.

The production, with its two leads, transferred to Broadway at the John Golden Theater for a limited engagement which began on March 11, 2010 and closed on June 27.  It was the 2010.

What was it all about?

“There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend… One day the black will swallow the red.”[2]

Mark Rothko is in his New York studio in 1958-9, painting a group of murals for the expensive and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He gives orders to his assistant, Ken, as he mixes the paints, makes the frames, and paints the canvases. Ken, however, brashly questions Rothko’s theories of art and his acceeding to work on such a commercial project.

Red - show photos - Alfred Molina Rothko ( Molina )

 Ken ( Redmayne )

Categories: Theater

Would you?

What is in your heart today that you would fight for, give your life for?
Have you ever felt a passion for someone or something within you that was so great you would fight for it?
Think about it. Who or what lights the fire in your soul.
For what or for whom, would you be willing to embrace that battle?

Today is Bannockburn Day? On this day, the
people of Scotland celebrate their victory under the
command of Robert Bruce over the English in the Battle
of Bannockburn in 1314. Each year the Scottish National
Party commemorates the battle with a march to
Bannockburn field from Stirling town centre. There then
follows a laying of a wreath at the statue of Robert
Bruce and then a rally.
For the whole story on the sequence of the battle please visit below:


“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the
fruit is.”

— H. Jackson Browne


Music shines into the recesses of our cracked lives and exorcises the demon hurts of our soul.

It is a slice of lime with a twist of pineapple, bongo-beating the side of the smoothest mix of sunshine and sexy days.

It is the radio waves crashing in on our thoughts.

It is a swinging lullaby factor to the lost and lonely cast aways and sometimes an invigoratingly lucid bolt, rushed to the thunder clouds in our heavy hearts.

It is the dark chocolate form of torture, bitter-sweet, to the already broken and bruised….who just can’t refuse.

It speaks to us. It moves us. It becomes us.

There was a song once dedicated to someone in the cover of a journal, given as a gift.

The words inscribed,….

” Touch me take to that other place. Teach me, I know I’m not a hopeless case”~ U2

Categories: Music to live by


Quote from Leonid Afremov:

“I tried different techniques during my career, but I especially fell in love with painting with oil and pallette-knife. Every artwork is the result of long painting process; every canvas is born during the creative search; every painting is full of my inner world. Each of my paintings brings different mood, colors and emotions. I love to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in my paintings. My heart is completely open to art. Thus, I enjoy creating inspired and beautiful paintings from the bottom of my soul. Each of my artworks reflects my feelings, sensitivity, passion, and the music from my soul. True art is alive and inspired by humanity. I believe that art helps us to be free from aggression and depression.”

 Night Flight

Night Life


Leonid_Afremov_2012.jpg image by JinxiBoo Venice

Categories: Art

Homeland Security?

It seems to be a constant issue in the world of politics…..Immigration laws.
Why should we be concerned?
The threat of terrorism is the concern of some, who are still fearing another attack on U.S. soil after 9/11.
White slavery (kidnapping of young Americans and selling them on the Black Market, sex-slave trade).
Also, illegal drugs and arms dealers are an issue of border control.
Not to mention,…a big issue for some, job security, when our country is in a state of recession.
What are considered extreme actions taken by the U.S. in order to protect its borders? Recently, there have been two deaths which are being investigated by the FBI that have outraged the Mexican Government.
Why should the Mexican Government be outraged? They say that our law enforcers used extreme measures when it was unwarranted for the situation.
Remind anyone of the case against the U.S. soldiers for their extreme treatment of an Iraqi POW?
What does Homeland Security have to say about this?
Excerpt from The Hill by Jordy Yager:
“The House of Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism Chairman Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) is awaiting the results of the FBI’s probe and told The Hill that the subcommittee may launch oversight hearings depending on the results.

The U.S. law enforcement presence along the border shouldn’t be deterred by the incident, Cuellar said, adding that more violence could be expected as the 1,200 National Guard troops that President Barack Obama ordered to the border two weeks ago begin to descend on the region.”

I have always wondered what world politics would be like if all weapons were deleted from the equation?

The view of some below:

View of others those who are against it below:

Speak YOUR Mind!

It was just brought to my attention that New York City has approved of a Mosque being built at Ground Zero, former site of the Twin Towers.
Because I am curious,….. What are the readers’ thoughts and opinions on this sensitive issue?

Categories: Uncategorized

Sadly Beautiful

There is a song that gets to me every time I hear it.
Its melody is so haunting.

 To want and to love someone, when the world around you flies the onlooking planes overhead, to try and shoot down every glance and every chance….

When the walls of life’s circumstanes  hold you back from what you can have….. And all you seem to have to fight against it are Letters falling from the sky…like the tears of missing them can spill down from the eyes.
CIVIL TWILIGHT….”Letters from the Sky”

Lyrics:One of these days the sky’s gonna break
And everything will escape, and I’ll know
One of these days the mountains are gonna fall
Into the sea, and they’ll know

That you and I were made for this
I was made to taste your kiss
We were made to never fall away
Never fall away

One of these days letters are gonna fall
From the sky telling us all to go free
But until that day I’ll find a way to let everybody know
That you’re coming back, you’re coming back for me

‘Cause even though you left me here
I have nothing left to fear
These are only walls that hold me here
Hold me here, hold me here

One day soon I’ll hold you like the sun holds the moon
And we will hear those planes overhead
And we won’t have to be scared
We won’t have to be, we won’t have to be scared

You’re coming back for me
You’re coming back for me

You’re coming back to me