The Weekend ~ 7/5/13

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I discovered this week that an old friend Morgan Land co-wrote the screen play for the Iceman along with his friend and the director of the film Ariel Vromen. Apparently I was hiding under a rock because I can’t believe I missed it when it was in the theater. Bet you can guess what I’ll be renting first chance I get.  Let me know if you saw it, what you thought, but know that nothing you share will stop me from seeing it.

There’s something completely wonderful about success in someone you know. Somehow this movie about a mafia hit man feels suddenly familiar to me. Yes I grew up outside Philly, No I’m not Italian. But that’s not why. It feels familiar because I knew Morgan when……And let me tell you he is an incredibly talented man with a huge heart that’s obviously still tickin creatively.

In middle school and High school I got to play Morgan’s leading lady in a few musical theater performances. The first being Winifred to his Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress. I had just moved. I was making new friends in a new school and this play is one of my fondest memories.  If I had been smart I would have joined him at Penn State and continued our escapades. So Morgan wherever you are I want to send out a Huge Congrats! and wish you many many more successes to come.

Next I want to make sure you tune into the blog next week for a very special Tuesday Talent Interview. Okay they are all special. But this lady has one of the first blogs I ever read. She is part of what inspired me to actually come out of the shadows and begin posting my work on the wide web. So do come, read!

I have been doing lots and lots of reading and editing of stories and poems for other artists and have been slacking a bit on my own writing. So this weekend I hope to finish up a few more pieces I have half baked. We’ll see. You know what Steinbeck says about best laid plans…..

So Til’ then.

Blast from This Blogs Past


The Weekend Reading List


Something Extra

Chrstina Aguilera-Candy Man (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy)

The Thinking Girl’s Man (Spoken Word)

Thinking GirlSparked by the idea of the freebie list from Friends.  To which, when shared, my friend DT said “Ah you like the thinking Girl’s man”.   This piece sprang to life from there. It’s my first attempt at a spoken word poem and a little humor (I apologize if you take offense). This is the edited version. Please feel free to submit candidates for review and consideration.


The Thinking Girl’s Man

Well, if I am to begin I should start with the best. The one, the only, John Cusack! You wonder how it is he made it to the top. Protest he’d say anything to win. But I must assure you, you’re wrong. See the answer lies deep with the friends he keeps. For its late nights with John, Joan and Jeremy of these moments I dream.

And I suspect he would hate such an inclusion, feeling a bit type cast, unfortunate for him there is no escape; all he need do is whisper the words.

Stand by me, a round kick to the head, knocked out, Championed I’d be.

Hit Pointe Blank spinning in High Fidelity (just say so and I’m yours!)

And lest you believe, here’s a little known fact, source unconfirmed. When Jennifer cried “Johnny” it was for Cusack not Swayze she yearned. (Tweet this)

Now I beg your pardon as I must take a quick aside.

Why it is the most intelligent actors play such seemingly dumb characters? Their smarts they hide.  Geena Davis for one, Steve Martin two, Dolph Lundgren’s another. Think Rocky in case you don’t know. There’s Sharon Stone, Matt Damon and finally James Woods, Wait! That’s another candidate to place on this mashugana list.

Now believe me when say to include one Jew, nay two. Hell if you ask me, at least three, and since my Friend DT insisted I remove Adam Levin, as he no longer applies. Due to Cosmo and the voice his appeal has bridged the divide. So I decree, glory be!  Jeremy Northam and Oded Fehr ….Yes, Yes please!

Now, Edward Norton’s up next in the numbers I wish in my little black book lived. His talents insanely displayed in Primal Fear and American history X. His choice of love interests, eclectic at best. Love and Halmek I don’t fall among.  Yet I’m keeping the faith, in case something goes wrong. I imagine drifting through the painted Veil and lest you have any doubt why he’s a thinking girl’s man, ask Yale.

And as my Friend Jason would contend, when it comes to men we might have to compete… our Tastes so often in sync. But I assured him in stride there’s no conflict. It’s easily divided. For it matters not which way Kevin Spacey decides. We’re both willing.

Lastly I offer a few more Brits, some older men (my heart be still), and a few oddities without whom, replete this list could never be. So here they go.

  • Colin Firth, Darcy if you please, neither Pride nor Prejudice could keep me away.
  • Jonny Lee Miller picking you is purely Elementary, my dear, Angelina’s forgiven.
  • Ben Chaplin, Tell me the truth, which leading ladies do you love best, I wish to be among them.
  • Daniel Day Lewis, what can I say? There is method in your madness. Give me some.
  • Sam Shepherd, I could be your Shelly, nay you’re beloved Lange and when I get a flat please, please stop and kiss me like Keaton.
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy, man or beast, it matters not. You take my breath away.
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan I declare to the rainy city you must return. Bring back my broken heart!
  • Mark Ruffalo I admit I would let you cradle, ladle, hell, even spladle me.

Oops… there I go with yet another married man! Sincerely I ask all wives apologies. In a game like this I realize that husbands really should be off limits. But it must be said your very love implies why they were included to begin with.

So to summarize all this foolishness- I realize there are but a few blondes in the bunch. That each of these men has a voice that fights for a cause. And each one’s love reflects their mother’s pride. I’d say these are all very… very… good signs.

Disclaimer: If you feel you have been placed on this list erroneously and want to be removed just let me know. Not you John. That’s not possible. However, if you feel I have been remiss and want to be added all you need do is apply. I will take it up with the board.


Les Misérables

This has been my favorite musical since hitting Broadway in the 80s. For me none have come close in either musical splendor or personal memories, ranking in the top 10 of my personal lifetime moments. So I am undoubtedly eager to go see the new movie adaption despite the varied reviews. Bah Humbug to any naysayer. For me the glory of this musical is unchallengeable, undeniable and unforgettable.

So today I figured I would share the wisdom if Victor Hugo and the imagery of the most recent adaptation of Les Misérables.

“To Love another person is to see the face of God”


 “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”


“It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.”


“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”

“Those who do not weep do not see.”


“Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.”

“Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind.”

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