Gray

I like perfume and flowers.

Donatella Versace

IMG_3020Valentine’s Day, opera in San Miguel, the Writer’s Conference with Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Tracy Chevalier, Scott Turow and others  – all this accompanied by rain over parts of three days and nights with grayness for almost five consecutive days. I’ve been housebound without any desire to go out. I missed it all.

While 50 Shades of Gray opened this weekend in the United States, I watched [again] one of my favorite movies.  It’s somewhat stupid and completely predictable, yet I’ve watched The Proposal at least a dozen times.  Many critics disliked it, but again, Roger Ebert justifies my liking of this film that starred Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

But slowly, reluctantly, disbelievingly, they [the lovers who at first intensely dislike one another] will start to warm up to each other. And it was about at that point when reluctantly, disbelievingly, I began to warm up to them.

One of the things I’ve liked about Ebert’s criticism is that he understands movies for what they are:  entertainment that can affect us at times, deeply.  Sometimes they’re just something to fill the hours, at others they reveal new worlds to us.  I think much negative criticism is due to people wanting a movie to fit their prejudices and biases, their likes and dislikes, and not all movies can reveal something profound or funny or sad or wise.  There’s no way The Proposal can be Casablanca and for critics to complain about Betty White and Sandra Bullock’s dancing in a scene designed to generate laughter … well, that’s like criticizing your nephew’s pranks at the family summer picnic.  Sometimes you just have to accept – maybe surprise yourself and even like – people (and movies) for who or what they are even when they don’t fit your preconceived idea of how they should behave or appear.

M is off to New Zealand next week. G and her youngest daughter will be headed to Turkey in two months.  In honor of their trips, Idil Beret plays Chopin and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sings from Madame Butterfly.

TV had a tribute to Stevie Wonder this past week.  Beyoncé/Ed Sheerhan/Gary Clark, Jr. were the opening act.  I didn’t think anyone could do justice to a Stevie Wonder song, but that opening performance was quite incredible.  If you watch it through to the end you’ll see Stevie say “wow.”

Then the sun came out and the earth warmed.

Nocturne No. 20

Un bel di vedremo

Fingertips (Part 2)/Jammin’ (Master Blaster)/Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder)


Everyone’s feeling pretty
It’s hotter than July
Though the world’s full of problems
They couldn’t touch us even if they tried

From the park I hear rhythms
Marley’s hot on the box
Tonight there will be a party
On the corner at the end of the block

Didn’t know you
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn
I bet nobody ever told you that you
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn
You would be jammin’ and jammin’ and jammin’, jam on

They want us to join their fighting
But our answer today
Is to let all our worries
Like the breeze through our fingers slip away

Peace has come to Zimbabwe
Third world’s right on the one
Now’s the time for celebration
‘Cause we’ve only just begun

Didn’t know you
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn
Bet nobody ever told you that you
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn?

Did nobody ever tell you that you
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn?

I know nobody ever told you that you
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn
We’re jammin’, jammin’, jammin’, jam on

You ask me am I happy
Well as matter of fact
I can say that I’m ecstatic
‘Cause we all just made a pact

We’ve agreed to get together
Joined as children in Jah
When you’re movin’ in the positive
Your destination is the brightest star

You didn’t know that you
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn
Bet nobody ever told you that you
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, you
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn
Don’t you stop the music, no no
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)

(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Nobody told you oh, oh, oh, you
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Would be jammin’ until the break of dawn

I bet you if someone approaches you
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Yesterday to tell you that you would be jammin’ you would not believe it

Because you never thought that you would be jammin’
Oh, oh, oh, oh

(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Jammin’ ’til the break of dawn
Oh, oh, oh, you may as well believe what you are feeling
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’)
Because you feel your body jammin’

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