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Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Fun Fact

The common house fly averages 4-1/2 miles per hour when it spreads its wings and flies.
The snail must be jealous.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Song of Bernadette

Jennifer Warnes has always been one of my favorite vocalists. Her voice seems to come from another time; it soars and it glides through songs like it’s lived a thousand years.
During the 80s she was mainly known for movie themes. She duetted with Joe Cocker for the gorgeous Buffy Sainte-Marie penned “Up Where We Belong” from An Office and a Gentleman, and she duetted with Bill Medley for “I’ve Had The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. She also had a hit in the late 70s with “Right Time of the Night.”

Sadly her CDs have never received the mainstream attention they truly deserve.

One of her most shining moments is the CD "Famous Blue Raincoat," a collection of Leonard Cohen songs.

While cruising through YouTube I found this performance of “Song of Bernadette,” which she co-wrote with Leonard Cohen.


Here are the lyrics:

There was a child named Bernadette
I heard the story long ago
She saw the queen of heaven once
And kept the vision in her soul
No one believed what she had seen
No one believed what she heard
That there were sorrows to be healed
And mercy, mercy in this world

We’ve been around, we fall, we fly
We mostly fall, we mostly run
And every now and then we try
To mend the damage that we’ve done
Tonight, tonight I just can’t rest
I’ve got this joy here inside my breast
To think that I did not forget that child
That song of Bernadette

So many hearts I find, broke like yours and mine
Torn by what we’ve done and can’t undo
I just wanna hold you, come on let me hold you
Like bernadette would do
I just wanna hold you, won’t you let me hold you
Like Bernadette would do


She's got a wonderful website - JenniferWarnes.com - so check it out and discover the magic of her wonderful voice.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Yo-Yo Time

This past weekend I went to the AFCI Locations Trade Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. There were displays from numerous cities and countries enticing you to bring your film production to their locale. I spoke with people from Jordan (the best display), France, England, Hawaii, Spain, Wisconsin, Alabama, and too many other places to mention. I felt like I had taken a journey around the world in 120 minutes. It was exhausting.

What was most exciting was the swag, the free gifts I acquired. From Canada I got a bottle of Canadian maple syrup. From Lafayette, Louisiana I got a bottle of Cajun Power Garlic Sauce. There were pens, pads of paper, a Magic Eight Ball to answer my most secret questions, and a yo-yo. Yes, a yo-yo.


I haven’t yo-yo’d in quite some time, so you can only imagine my joy from receiving such a treasure.

I wanted to yo-yo right then and there, but didn’t because I was afraid who’d be watching me, and judging me. The anticipation grew....

And when I got home I yo-yo’d until my wrist went limp.

With practice I’m certain I could become an expert, maybe even enter some competitions. Last night I dreamed a dream that I could be a yo-yo contestant on Britains Got Talent, or maybe even America’s Got Talent or Sri Lankans Got Talent. (In my dream I was multi-cultural and not a citizen of just one country.)

I’ve practiced a lot in the past day. I’m learning the Around the World trick, the Eiffel Tower trick, and the Monkey Climbing the String trick. I haven't had this much yo-yo fun in years.

When was the last time you yo-yo’d?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Dream She Dreamed


Britains Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle has three fansites already:

www.susan-boyle.com
http://www.susanboyle-bgt.co.uk/
http://www.bebo.com/WeLoveSusanBoyle

I read that she’s being signed to a record deal. Yeah.

Congratulations, Susan!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Greetings From Elysian Park

This weekend I took a hike through Elysian Park in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1886 Elysian Park is the oldest park and second largest park in Los Angeles with 600 acres of land. Griffith Park is the largest park.

There were hundreds of families enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. Hiking, valley ball, pinatas, soccer, music, children laughing, friendliness... a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

I love that in Los Angeles people actually enjoy the parks. I grew up in sanitized suburbia where people never used the parks. They were there to be looked at but never touched. What’s the point of a park if you don’t use it?

Here are some photos I took from the park peaks where you can see for miles:




Next time I go I think I’ll bring a barbecue and grill some hot sausages and vegetables with my friends.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Ugly Duckling Sings

Appearances are deceiving, and never as much as they were on a recent installment of Britains Got Talent 2009.

Her name is Susan Boyle.

She’s nearly 48 years old.

She’s never been married.

She’s never been kissed.

The audience and judges were laughing at her before she sang, anticipating a complete disaster.

Then she sang.

Whatever you do, you MUST click on YouTube and watched her perform. She will blow you away.

I think I love her.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Scary, Real Scary

Do you think that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt will someday realize how pathetic they are?
Sure they’re raking in lots of money, but do they actually believe that people are not laughing at them and snickering behind their backs?

If they should ever spawn little Heidis and Spencers (please no!) would they be raised to be like their mommy and daddy... fake, talentless, vomit-inducing media whores?

I feel sorry for them.

The alarm on their fifteen minutes needs to buzz now.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Songs On The iPod

I’ve been having an eclectic musical week. Some new. Some old. All good.

Here are my iPod Top 10 songs for this week:

Look At The Facts - Buffy Sainte-Marie
No, No, Keshagesh - Buffy Sainte-Marie
Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
First Of The Gang To Die - Morrissey
The Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
You Know I’m No Good - Amy Winehouse
Hurricane - Bob Dylan
Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
I’m Restless - Jennifer Warnes
High Heeled Stomp - The Figs

If you don’t know these songs I suggest you mosey on over to iTunes and check ‘em out.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Oh Michelle

Michelle Obama is receiving tremendous applause, and an embrace from Queen Elizabeth, on her European journey.

Finally America has a First Lady we can truly be proud of!

For the past eight years little laura bush was a total embarrassment.

We’re not embarrassed anymore.

The world loves Michelle.

Yeah!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hungry?

There’s breakfast.

There’s brunch.

There’s lunch,

There’s dinner.

Now there’s linner.

The other day I was asked if I wanted to meet for some linner. I didn’t know what it meant so I went prepared with a few condoms in my pocket.

I was quite surprised - and disappointed - that linner is a meal eaten late in the day, a combination of lunch and dinner.

I had a turkey club sandwich.