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“Capturing Camelot”

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In Columbus, Ohio many wonderful displays come to be shown at

“The Schumacher Gallery” located on the nearby campus of Capital

University. From January 19 through March 25, 2015, you may view

the artistic work of famous photojournalist, Stanley Tretick. This is an

exhibit I am going to try to see very soon.

Stanley Tretick was given the great and valuable experience of being

present at the White House during President John F. Kennedy’s

years in office.  John and Jackie Kennedy were revered for their

youthfulness, energy and attractive appearances.

They became what some would call, “American Royalty.”

Many still consider Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis one of

the historic American icons of fashion. She embodied the word,

“glamour.”

There was a serious, deeper quality of beauty shown in her face

and posture. Jackie demonstrated poise and class, while still

showing warmth in her smiles aimed toward her husband,

newspaper reporters and two children, John John and Caroline.

There was a combination of romance and storytelling in the

way the Camelot period is shown and told. It is a fascinating

piece of history, ending in tragedy. It captured so many of

our minds and eyes, while watching it unfold.  Finally, the

famous assassination and funeral were ones we could not

take our eyes off of either.

There are many movies I could recommend about the story of

Jackie and John Kennedy, including the piece in the recent

movie, “The Butler.” The film covered five different presidents

the butler served. In the movie, there is a poignant scene with

the butler concerned for Jackie and later, his bending down to

talk to Caroline, hoping to help her feel better by offering to get

her a snack or a toy.

We grew up watching the film, “PT 109” about John Kennedy’s

military service which included an accident. This played havoc

on his own personal ongoing pain that wracked his body. Cliff

Robertson did a fine job in his portrayal of JFK. I liked the

movie, “Parkland,” which depicts Jackie’s courage and ‘grace

under fire,’ when her husband’s bleeding head was in her lap

on her clothing. This is also a surprisingly well done piece of

history about the final moments at the hospital. Zac Efron

really redeems himself with this movie. It may erase his

horrible performance in the awful movie, “The Neighbors.”

The advertisement for the display of photographs come with

this riveting description:

“John F. Kennedy was elected to the White House and the

American people embarked on a journey of 1,000 days into

a mythical world that former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

would recall as Camelot.”

Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedy’s brochure

closes with these words:

“Capturing Camelot reflects the magic of an era that

continues to inspire affection and nostalgia.”

You may wish to check the hours and there is a Schumacher

Gallery Face Book page, as well as this phone number:

(614)-236-6319 or check out the website listed below:

http://www.schumachergallery.org

Seeing the exhibit is like seeing part of our own history,

the pieces we may wish to remember in this lovely way.

The personal photographs are ones which show the one

behind the fairy tale, give us their personal moments. We

all like to look at photo albums, famous or our own family’s.

There is a part of me, maybe possibly all of us who grew up

during the sixties, who will never forget the Kennedy family.

Remembering Camelot and all the possibilities, it seemed to

reach for the stars and into our dreams.

What’s happening where you live?

Do you like to look for exhibits and special events which come to

your area only once a year, like the “Home and Garden Show?”

This next weekend, Vanilla Ice is going to be at our “H and G Show.”

Have you checked out any local galleries or “One of a Kind” events?

Go Forth: Go MOMA Art! Go Golden Globes, and Go Bucks!

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Tragedy struck us through our worldwide connections and in our own

personal, creative bones. We felt the shattering pain and anguish.

Many areas of the world are in our thoughts and prayers.

Especially France.

 

Please allow me to cheer you up with some ‘pieces’ of France being

shown on display here for all of us to view. . .

 

Go Henri Matisse:

Be Inspired!

 

This may not be appropriate but there is beauty to celebrate still.

The Museum of Modern Art has a fantastic collection of Henri

Matisse’s last pieces of artwork. The curator of MOMA gave us

a glimpse of the fine examples of his cutting with scissors and

designs. These were made at the end of his 84 years in life, when

he had become nearly an invalid, not venturing out very often

into the world. The curator told CBS Sunday Morning reporter,

Matisse continued sharing and

expressing himself through:

“Reducing colors to the essentials.”

Later, the curator who is giving a tour of the new exhibit of

Henri Matisse, lets us know where she stands about those who

may be stuck inside,

“An artist should never be a prisoner . . . or set away from the

outside life.”

Do you remember making mosaics out of cut paper? Do you

also remember how much fun it was to fold a paper in half

and produce a heart or a pumpkin?

I remember how wonderful it was to make little cuts into the

heart and make it become quite detailed and adding scrolls

and curlicues.  Try this with red or pink paper, making the

same kind of cuts you made while creating snowflakes.

 

One of the major cut paper works Matisse made was of a

great big mural of swimmers, some were diving, others

intertwined and still others, heading off into the pool of

water, solitary gymnasts.

 

Henri Matisse grew up bin the textile district of France.

Some of his cuttings became ones out of thin, sheer fabrics.

He hired assistants to pin the cut paper or fabric pieces up on plain

sheets of paper, giving directions to how they should be arranged.

There are black and white photographs capturing the over seventy-

year old man starting and planning this new way of expressing

himself, having put down the paintbrushes by this time.

 

Henri Matisse’s paper designs were incorporated into a lovely book

called, “Jazz” which if full of jazz musicians and musical notes. He

was commissioned to produce images that the onlooker becomes

absorbed into, viewing players and instruments of the musical

scene. You can almost hear the jazz notes and rhythms through

the flow of the brightly colored impressionistic designs. They are

modern and yet, so timeless found in the 1947 book. In the 1985

and 2003 editions, with fewer artistic representations, are ones

which were introduced by famous people. The circus and theater

were also influential in his imaginative portrayals of musicians.

 

Go Golden Globes:

Be Entertained!

 

I won’t tell you who will look the most beautiful nor will I

concentrate on the two amusing and beautiful hostesses for

this grand affair. I will tell you my personal favorite movies

and the song I will hope to hear winning Best Song. I will

choose the best actor and actress in both the dramatic film

arena and  the always odd combination of comedic/musical

presentations.

 

 

Best Actor in a Dramatic Film Role~

**I would hope that Eddie Redmayne would win this Best Actor

Golden Globe award.

“Theory of Everything” has the fine skill of transforming Eddie

Redmayne into a very debilitated Stephen Hawking. It is a very

upbeat and triumphant movie and Eddie’s ability to make you

believe he is actually suffering from ALS is incredible.

Although there are many worthy actors for this category, I felt

portraying Stephen Hawking in a believable manner was the

most challenging character role to fulfill.

If I were to choose others, “Selma” leading actor David Oyelowo,

Benedict Cumberbash would also get ‘nods’ from me.

 

Best Actress in a Dramatic Film Role~

Many would say Rosamund Pike is the one who really created

an eerie rendition of the main character in, “Gone Girl.” I would

agree she really portrayed this despicable character well.

I would also like to say if Amy Adams had not just won last year’s

award, (she was nominated for two movies last year) for “American

Hustle,” she may deserve this honor for the movie, “Big Eyes.”

I have not seen Julianne’s double movie roles in “Still Alice” and

“Maps to the Stars” but just watched her in the 2013 movie, “What

Maisie Knew,” which was a four star movie role. She played an out

of control musician from a rock band, who loves her daughter,

Maisie. The character is not able to grasp what is needed to carry

out her role as a mother. It was a very good and interesting role

for Julianne. I will try to see the more recent two movies that were

nominated for her performances.

**Overall, in my own experience, I would choose from my ‘gut’

reaction and hope that Reese Witherspoon wins for her role in

the movie, “Wild.”

 

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film:

Emily Blunt in “Into the Woods” is my favorite in this category.

(I wish James Corden could win, but this may not be his year.)

 

Helen Mirren is loved by actors, critics and audiences, so she

may win the Golden Globe in this category for her wonderful

character shown in “The 100 Foot Journey.”

 

 

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film:

I would say that Michael Keaton will win, he is the “favorite,”

for his role in (what I consider a dramatic/fantasy role) in the

movie, “Birdman.”

I think that Ralph Fiennes did a great job in the Budapest Hotel

movie and that Bill Murray showed humor and depth in his role

in “St. Vincent.”

 

2015 Prediction:

The song I liked the best was from the recent 2015 movie, “Unbroken,”

while the credits are rolling. The song and dramatic musical score

are haunting and beautiful. This movie is outstanding, telling the

true story of Louis Zamperini. It is very emotional and worthy of

winning Best Picture of the Year in 2016.  Bill and I saw this two

days ago and found it to be a powerful story of the triumph of the

human spirit. It will probably win for Best Director, Angelie Jolie,

Best Movie, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

 

 

Best Film of 2014:

“Boyhood,” took 12 years to make. It filled two entire pages in the

“Cleveland Plain Dealer” about the way Richard Linklater directed

this movie, choosing to follow a boy for twelve years starting when

he was little. It will win due to its being a ‘First of its Kind.” I have

myself on a ‘wait list’ at the library for this one. I want to watch it

at home, stop it, pause it, rewind it, since I will enjoy the story of

this boy’s life unfolding.

 

I felt this way about both the two other serious movies I saw since

2015 started. They came out late in 2014. “Theory of Everything”

shows motivation and strength of character. The reality of ALS,

after Stephen Hawking was told he would only live two years after

this disease started racking havoc on his body, then living past 72

years and hopefully going strong. An amazing and powerful story.

 

“The Imagination Game” shows Alan Turing overcoming prejudice,

obstacles and using his genius mind to ‘fight’ the Germans. This film

proved science and knowledge can be fascinating subjects for a movie.

 

Best Songs from 2014 Movies:

I cannot choose, I love both of these singers and songs.

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye singing, “Mercy Is” from the movie,

“Noah.”

John Legend and Common singing, “Glory” from the movie,

“Selma.”

 

 

In the Category of Animated Films, I would choose “Big Hero 6”

since my grandsons learned about compassion from this film. It

was a fun children’s animated movie where the idea of creative

thought is also presented.

For artistry and creativity, (yet not so entertaining for children),

I would recommend “The Book of Life.” This colorful and very

intriguing film had scary designs that resembled voodoo images,

but would be great for older children. This could inspire art projects,

too. The others in this category were all entertaining including “The

Lego Movie.”

 

 

 

 

Go Buckeyes:

Get Motivated!

 

Ohio State University is playing the championship game on

Monday night, so this may be the last of my posting. I will

head home after work, take a nap and hope we win over the

Oregon Ducks in the College Championships!

 

 

 

 

Aside

These four simple quotes are meant to bring you some bright thoughts along with

your daily walk in life. Finding meaning in any one of these will make me feel good,

passing on some gems I found.

Please let me know what is bringing you special smiles around where you live lately.

 

~* There are 1440 minutes in  a day. Remember to use them wisely. *~

 

~* “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” *~

(John Burroughs)

 

~* “Every leaf speaks bliss to me,

fluttering from the autumn tree.” *~

(Emily Bronte)

 

~* “Winter is an etching.

~* Spring a watercolor.

~* Summer an oil painting.

~* Autumn a mosaic of them all.” *~

(Stanley Horowitz)

 

This just reminds me of James Taylor’s song that begins with those memorable lyrics:

“Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall,

All you have to do is call. . .”

“You’ve Got A Friend.”

 

Simplicity While Seasons Change

World Views

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When people give me a film recommendation, I take this with a ‘grain of

salt.’ There are so many different interests, particular patterns to people’s

choices in what they choose to watch. This is true of television, movies,

theater, music and cultural events. There are some universal choices that

almost everyone enjoys once in awhile. International movies, where the

cinematography and images are breath-taking and fantastic, are ones that

I am thrilled to receive from someone I admire and pass on to others, too.

My friend, Beth, who writes about all kinds of international subjects,

along with her home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan and her little ones

that she teaches, included “Vivan Las Antiopodes” as one of her posts.

Here is her blog:

http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com

We have some kindred sisterhood, which I admit I have been close to

several other bloggers along the way, with similar tastes and interests.

Beth has a reason for her interest in Australia and grandchildren, yet

even I am sometimes surprised at such details as liking the same kind

of ice cream that we have connections beyond what I generally find in

my community and home town.

So, to get this movie, I had to mention my interest to the librarian,

who got online to seek whether it was located in our own library or

a part of our district library in Delaware County. Nope! It was from

Greene County, Ohio, the town of Xenia, where this film was sent for.

I watched it and took notes. I then re-watched it while eating dinner

the next night. It is awesome, beyond description in its simple theme

of how across the world, we are all similar. It is complex, in its terrains

and cultural differences. These four cities, chosen because they are

exactly diametrically opposed on the globe, are called, “antipodes.”

If you watch this, the picture gradually slants from the one place to

glide effortlessly, circuitously into the other one. It is hard to explain

but it shows the world on its axis, so to speak, literally turning from

the one location to the next. The dizzying effect is exhilarating!

 

Then it is philosophical, here in my own words, I try to explain the

effect this film had upon me:

 

“We are all mankind.

Look at us, trying to eke out existence where there are few resources.

This is for the desert and sparse land where hardly any green exists.

Where there are miles between homes, across divergent tundras of land.

Trying to make our way among a crowded city, winding between others,

taking care not to enter the personal spaces, but sometimes colliding.”

 

I felt the movie has themes that are universal, no need to try to interpret

or have the languages translated. Why worry about the subtexts? Just

watch this movie for all the reasons Beth mentioned, along with this

short summary of textures I tried to capture in words. There are so many

dimensions, you will see this if you check out Beth’s post on this, too.

 

Swans

Birds

Giraffes

Farmers

Workers

Shearers

Sheep

 

Joy

Dances

Ukulele

Expressions

Discordant tones

Musical instruments

Melodic chants

Staccato “coos”

Dissonant

Calm

 

Round

and

Round

 

Sparse

Simple

Solidarity

Separate

Solitude

 

Fluid

Flows

Frost

Foliage

Fields

 

Round

and

Round

 

Carts

Riders

Walkers

Bicyclists

Complicated

Intertwining

Rickshaw

Vehicles

Trucks

Cars

 

Stark

Rocky

Barren

Beauty

Splendor

Horizons

Grassy

Beach

Lush

 

Men

Women

Diversity

Young

Old

 

 

 

 

Spring News

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Happy (End of the) First Day of Spring!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, for April, 2014 predicts the

average Central states’ temperature will be 59 degrees!

That is news to celebrate! That is a little higher than the

seasonable average of years past… except two years ago,

in 2012, we had on our first day of Spring’s weather an

incredibly high temperature, in the eighties! This year’s

almanac also predicts the first week will be warm and the

month will be the “typical” April, filled with showers.

As far as flowers are concerned, my friend’s garden has

between 3 and 4 inches of crocuses, hyacinths, tulips

and daffodils showing green ‘sprouts.’ I love seeing the

popping out of flowers! The old adage that, “Winter isn’t

over until the yellow forsythia is in bloom,” means that

we still have a little more winter left. Unfortunately,

I have checked the woodsy area of her yard, where her

forsythia bush is, to verify this fact. I have seen a few

pussy willows showing their furry buds.

In the foothills South of us, leading to the stunning Smoky

Mountains, I wonder has anyone heard if the redbuds are in

bloom yet? I enjoy their fuchsia, purple color that is so

common in the woods and forests of Kentucky and Tennessee.

The contrast of their bright color, among the fresh, bright

green buds on other bushes and trees is quite breathtaking.

Another amazing place to trek to in Ohio, is Cedar Bog

State Nature Preserve. It has unusual plants that are

very exciting since they come from when the ancient

glacier deposited its seeds and remnants of rich soil.

I have seen in their woods: Violets, Spring Beauties,

Jack in the Pulpit and Trillium, which is also known as

Indian Turnip, since they are considered edible. There

is a wide variety of different hued flowers including

the pinkish-lavender of Dame’s Rocket, the yellow Swamp

Buttercup, and the purple Greek Valerian. The hummingbirds

enjoy the nectar in the Red tipped Wild Columbine flowers.

(Compared to the purple and blue Columbine of Colorado.)

This nature preserves has a bog, swampy area and the

prairie areas with their unique plant life. The prairie

area is also known as the “prairie fen complex.” In this

area you can find different trees like the White Cedar

Trees, tall Arbor-Vitae and the Swamp Birch Trees.

The rainbow-colored flowers with the greenery deck out

Mother Nature quite nicely in all her glory!

Cedar Bog is recognized for one of their most unusual

flowers, growing in large quantities, considered the

biggest collection around. This is that of the Showy Lady

Slipper orchids. They are not in bloom until late May or

June, though.

Nature photographers gather there and lean in close to

take those perfect shots that capture the floral beauty

all year ’round.

When I think of the word, “Spring,” I think of the word

buoyancy. Everything if so full of life and new energy.

I think of pastels, like the pink and lavender hyacinths

combined with the yellow and white daffodils with their

orange-red details in their stamens. My Mom’s favorite

tulips are the ones that have ruffled edges, hers with

bright pink tips with white petals. Then, she would plant

beside them, those dark, deep purple tulips. The contrast

was always outstanding.

I liked the scents of lavender, lilacs, lilies of the field

and honeysuckle in the warm sunshine. The bees buzzing did

not phase me in my youth. I would not worry about their

sting, when I leaned in to take deep breaths of flowers.

My grandchildren adore the A.A. Milne character, Tigger.

His ‘springy’ bounce on his coiled tail illustrates the

way I feel about ‘Spring!’ They like to bounce on the bed,

where they wear the ‘springs out!’ I think of a cat, up

high looking down at its prey, a mouse, from a fencepost

or rook. He is poised and ready to spring to catch his

tasty meal!

Wishing you Spring in your step and Light in your Heart!

Light Summary of the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony

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As in Olympics’ Closing Ceremonies go, I thought

the country of Russia, did an outstanding job!

The presentations, that were centered on their

heritage and culture, were moving, dynamic and

lovely. I am full of adjectives like “innovative”

and “evocative!”

It was called “A Tribute to the Arts.”

I enjoyed the artistic features of Marc Chagall

as one of the Russian artists.

I almost could not find the spelling of the other

artist who was mentioned, I did not recognize the

name.

It sounded like “Malcheck” or “Malaczech.” Once I

studied the wonderful directory of Russian artists,

I did recognize him to be: Kazimir Malevich. Well,

I was close! (Smile!)

Malevich was an avante garde artist and his paintings

were used for inspiration in the dance performances

and the mural like artwork on the field. He lived from

1878- 1935, as a Polish descendant Russian.

They featured black fish swimming around to form

the classic Olympic circles on the ground, This

glowed like shimmering silver rings. This was

carried out through people moving, carrying fish

fins to create the whole display.

There was some humor in that during the Opening

Ceremony, there was a ‘glitch’ where one of the

circles didn’t light up. I think the inclusion of

this display was to balance out the mistake of

the original ceremony. During this portion of the

Closing Ceremony, they had 62 pianists playing.

The fantastic upside-down village floating above the

field with the bright and lively painted design of

one of Marc Chagall’s pieces was delightful. I have

had some acquaintance with his work, since my parents

usually sent UNICEF cards featuring his designs. His

use of a dove to represent Peace and also, the Holy

Spirit at Christmas, is well known. One of Chagall’s

famous pieces, “I the Village,” shows his child-like

and dreamy artwork. His pieces may bring the observer

to smile, as if it were their own memories of some

imaginary times. We have put together, as a family, a

couple of his pieces into a picture puzzle, over the

years.

Chagall lived from 1887 until 1985. Since he later

moved to France, Chagall is considered a Russian-

French artist.

Someone asked, as a commentator, “Why was the village

upside down?” the answer was seemingly that Chagall

viewed the world as ‘upside down.’

I enjoyed the bold colors, dramatic dancing people

who wore wings, looking like Chagall’s doves or birds.

The ethnic, country Russian music was reminiscent of

the cultural music featured in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

This musical was set in Tsarist Russia, 1905.

There was a dramatic tribute to the Opera and this

utilized the Bolshoi and Kirov ballet dancers. This

was a beautiful exhibition of talent and skill.

There were floating dancers and gymnasts, similar

in the Cirque du Soleil type performances.

I was left with the impression of looking at Life

from a different lens. I am sure that this positive

impression, promoted by the Russian government, was

meant as propaganda.

The image of ‘Freedom of Expression,’ through their

“Tribute to the Arts,” shown during the 2014 Olympics

Closing Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia was simply ironic.

Late Grammy Awards’ Report

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For two long days, (well I did work on Monday) I got

excited to write and present my Grammy Awards’ news

report, along with my personal impressions of the whole

program. I walked, at noon, to the library, to find there

were 9 people looking in the windows. No sign saying, “The

Delaware County District Library is Closed” was posted.

Nor, were there any signs of life inside. I turned around

and placed my returned movies in the box and said, “Oh

well! I can live without a computer for a day!”

Then, yesterday, I worked, and not wanting to endure the

below zero temperatures again, decided to drive to the

library. It was closed, with a handwritten sign saying,

“The Library is Closed. It is a Level Two emergency.”

No, it did not add, “Robin, you should go home and relax!

Quit stressing about your posts, your commenters and what

you wish to publish!” It was quite understated in its

message!

You have seen the beautiful dresses, heard a few of the

special duets and groupings but you have not heard my

scintillating commentaries about the Grammys’!

On the Red Carpet, in order of appearance I will let you

in on my fashion commentaries and opinions. I was there,

‘on the spot,’ (on my love seat in my pajamas, with popcorn,

chocolate and a caramel mocha coffee to keep me fortified!)

Here are the special news about clothing and what insightful

word that some passed on in their Red Carpet Interviews.

Katy Perry was wearing a gorgeous Valentino gown, with

gauzy layers that held musical notes from an Italian Opera.

She was lovely with her hair up, a braid wrapped around her

bun. The colors were creamy white with black notes on a flared

skirt. She talked about her new account with “Cover Girl”

which she feels she has ‘made it’ by getting chosen to represent

the makeup line. There was a whimsical feeling to the fluffy

netting layers on this dress! Also, Katie mentioned that later,

during the awards show, she was going to be ‘channeling Stevie

Nicks’ in a song that could be otherwise labeled, “Which witch

is which?” (See my later in sequential order, review of her

song but *spoiler alert* I did NOT like it!)

One of my favorite characters who happens to sing, is Cyndi Lauper,

who sported a short, bright red hair style and lovely figure still

in tact, wearing black tights to her ankles, a black cape with

gold filigree netting at her neckline and simple, gold flats on her

cute, tiny feet. I will always hold her in high regard, loving her

song, “True Colors.” My oldest daughter could probably name a few

more ‘hits’ that wild woman has sung with her distinctive husky

voice. It is an endearing sounding voice, with such pixie-like

behavior shown by Cyndi, on the Red Carpet.

Keith Urban was wearing a down to earth, black suit with gray

dress shirt. He said that his song that he was going to perform

would be “Cop Car” with African American country music upcoming

star, Gary Clark, Junior. Keith gave Gary a huge compliment by

saying he was a “soulful cat.” (Love that image and nice comment!)

Pink was wearing a lovely and sexy, red, shiny dress. I would

say it reminds me of the “mermaid dresses” that sometimes you see

in wedding shops. Her short punked up light blonde hair do looked

very stylish, along with her dangling glittery earrings. She did

not wear a necklace with this, choosing her beautiful neck and

upper bodice area to be bare.

Taylor Swift wore a chain mail dress, sheer around the neckline

and shoulders, but very modest. The shimmering gold with silver

reflections was like one from the retro period of the fifties,

with a belt at the waist line. She had diamond earrings and she

was nominated for the song, “Red.” (She did not win Best Album

of 2013.) She was laughing at the replay by someone on the Red

Carpet of how her friend, Jennifer Lawrence, from “Hunger Games”

and “Winter’s Bone,” had been ape-ing behind her back (making

faces) and taking her pictures, too, at the Golden Globes earlier

this month. She did say she was wearing Gucci and also, that she

wished to thank her friend, Jennifer for her friendship.

Neil Patrick Harris, who has performed in musicals, likes to sing,

was looking very handsome on the Red Carpet. His news was that

after the television series “How I Met Your Mother” ends (it will

have had over 200 episodes), he plans to be in a musical titled,

“Hedwig and the Angry Itch.” His tuxedo appeared to be made of

black satin, with a black leather lapel. I thought his open, white

collar was a switch from his sometimes overly formal attire.

Madonna, came in with her son (adoptive) David. She gave him credit

for choosing her fashion statement this Sunday evening. She wore a

sharp, black tuxedo suit, wearing a white dress shirt and so did he.

They both had hats that reminded me of the old Boy Scout leaders. Wide

black brims with felt material and a satin ribbon around the band.

Someone else called her hat a black Amish styled one. Madonna

mentioned she was wearing ‘mouth metal’ which was glittery like

it held diamonds in a braces foundation. Not sure why, maybe her son

was wearing actual braces? It made her voice muffled, too. Odd and

quirky but she still looked radiant with long shoulder length blonde

hair and red, glossy lips. She looked wonderful despite her manly

attire.

Ryan Secrest looked ‘snazzy’ in his black tuxedo with the rare

bow tie around his neck. His crisp white shirt and his hair style

made the look complete.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis looked nice and gave us a fun commentary

with talking about toilet papering, throwing chips on their band

bus, going wild about the upcoming Super Bowl. They are Seattle

Sea Hawks’ fans.

Kevin Hart, comedian and recent movie star in a new comedy just

out, called, “Ride Along” and upcoming movie on February 14, in

time for lovers and friends to see. It will be called, “About

Last Night.” He was with Ice Cube in the first movie, still in

theatres. He was talking on the Red Carpet, excitedly about

Beyoncé’s upcoming musical performance with her husband, Jay Z.

When Juliana, who was interviewing him asked him if he had

any “Diva request” on the movie sets or behind the camera,

Kevin Hart said, “I don’t do Diva demands! I am a guy!”

Willie Nelson wore simple black with his two braids and

looking quite dandy.

Yoko Ono, with her son, Sean Lennon, both looked about the

same as they have lately. Sean has a beard and is still

thin and lithe. Yoko likes to wear black suits, this is

her traditional garb over the years.

Robin Thicke looked wonderful and he was channeling Frank

Sinatra in his dapper appearance. His tuxedo was made of

black velvet, with satin lapels. Ryan Secrest had to look

to find out the label and tell us, the listeners, who he

was wearing. Robin T. was wearing Armani. He had on a pair of

dark sunglasses, talking very smoothly. I am so excited when

I hear him say that his portion of the ceremony will be a

performance with Chicago group members! (I loved this ensemble,

stick with me. . . I will be getting to this later!)

And Now, the 56th Grammy Music Awards held on Sunday 1/26/14.

#17 time Grammy Award winner opened the show with a provocative

dimly lit, Beyoncé. She was in an outfit acceptable for ballet

or in a Broadway production, like “Chicago,” when the jail

women are wearing barely anything and hanging in different ways

on the jail cell bars. Beyoncé was on a chair, hanging backwards

putting her legs up in the air, singing. Her black outfit and

black fishnet hose had shimmer and glitter on it, so the lights

caught it while she performed. She had chin length blonde hair

that looked crimped or permed. Yes, her legs did spread in many

different positions.

There were several people that noticed this, and, on Monday, were

giving me their opinion that the show should not have aired at 8:00

on a Sunday night. I was quiet about it, thinking that my parents

would have called it an “Art Form.” Possibly due to my exposure at

a young age to both the Cleveland Art Museum and the Broadway play,

“Cabaret,” with Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli, I would not have been

too upset with grandchildren seeing it. Seriously.

The song, Beyoncé sang, was “Drunken Love.” She did say words like

“I’ve been drinking, I’ve been thinking…” Along came from the

back of her, Jay Z, singing the rest of the song, with rap melody,

there were plenty of bleeps, and he was wearing a classic black

tuxedo. They have a baby named, I believe they spell it, “Bleu.”

LL Cool J, the emcee host gave a great introduction after Beyoncé

and Jay Z’s musical performance. He said, (paraphrased) these

nicely phrased words:

“The force of music is universal. We have performances from Japan,

Australia, and other international connections. We have two young

men from Liverpool, too. We are going to make beautiful noise, make

history with some pairings of contrasting musical artists, too.”

Pharrell Williams and Anna Kendricks started the awards by listing

the Best New Artist nominees as:

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran (I like his song, “Daydream”)

And the winner of Best New Artists was for the song,

“Tonight is the Night,” sung by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis!

I liked this duo, because of their simple acceptance speech

and admire that they “did it on their own independent label,

no one wanted to take them on!” (Bet some ‘heads will roll’

over that mistake!)

I enjoyed Lorde. She is an attractive, black haired ‘raven’

who is not too fancy in her appearance. She looked nice, but

not memorable. She sings, “Royals” which includes lyrics about

the British Royalty. The words include “we don’t care..” about

their news and such, including that “we drive Cadillacs only in

our dreams.” She came out of ‘nowhere’ and did later take the

Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy home.

Hunter Hayes sang a song with a powerful message against Bullying.

Saying things in support of outcasts and rebels. There were famous

current musicians’ quotations flashing on a white screen with black

letters. (Some were Stevie Wonder, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, and more.)

Hunter sang about “anyone who dares to be different, do something

different, trying so hard.” He also sang, “Listen for a minute…

Sticks n’ stones do hurt, words cut deep.” I believe the song is

called, “Invisible.” His final words of the song are, “Someday

you’ll look back and all this pain is going to be ‘invisible.'”

That message of ‘you’re not alone,’ is a wonderful one that did

pull at my heart strings.

Katy Perry came out onto a stage that did look like Halloween,

she had warned us she would be looking like a witch! The scenery

had a crystal ball, a full moon, women in black. Katy’s outfit

had a red ‘glow in the dark’ lit up tube top. It was almost like

a red bra. She had a purple gauzy net skirt on. The women who

danced around her, appeared to look more like streetwalkers, than

fellow witches. The song’s theme, not sure of the title, was

“Don’t Make Me Your Enemy.” The end of the song had Katy ‘burning

at the stake’ with flames rising around her. I did not feel her

voice sounded as good as it has in the past, nor did she have the

great and bold singing (as she promised to sound like Stevie Nicks!)

When Pop Duo or Group nominees came up I did feel that Pink’s

“Just Give Me a Reason,” “Stay,” sung by Rihanna, “Blurred Lines”

that Robin Thicke sings, and “Suit and Tie” with Justin Timberlake

and Jay Z have all been over-played on one of my newer radio

channels, “Sunny 95” or ‘94.7.’ I was happy that I recognized them,

and like the one that won, “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk and Pharrell

Williams. The most talked about hat was on Pharrell Williams, some

calling his brown hat, a Smokey the Bear hat!

Steve Coogan, a British actor and comedian announced the presence

and upcoming performance of two musicians he honors: Sir Paul

McCartney and Ringo Starr. His joke was, “I’d rather announce for

these two blokes than the whole lot of the Jonas Brothers.”

Steve Coogan is in a movie with Judi Dench playing the mother who

gave him up for adoption, “Philomena.” My AARP movie reviewer says

that this is the best older actors’ movie and plan to see this soon.

Joining them on stage was Dave Grohl, to sing a newly released song,

“Doom and Gloom.” I have to tell you the truth. It is a little like

the songs on Paul McCartney’s “Wings” group albums. Nice, fun, and

jazzy, but not memorable. Sorry, that is this humble reviewer’s take

on their new song! Dave Grohl comes from the Eurythmics’ group.

They did win the Grammy Award for BEST Rock and Roll Song with

it, though! So, hope you take a chance to hear it, give me your

honest feedback on it, please. Was I too harsh on my old ‘Faves’?

I felt that John Legend singing with the grand piano was great

and Taylor Swift, also, did an admirable job at the piano, too.

There were some humorous interplays between the different

musicians and I started to write them and stopped. I wanted to

just ‘be in the moment.’

Martina McBride and Zac Brown, (one who is Spanish reggae style

singer and the other Country Western) came out to give a special

tribute to two “Late greats” who were fine country artists and

legends in their time:

George Jones and Ray Price. “We lost two great legends in 2013.”

Daft Punk wear robot space outfits, with helmets that reflect

light so you cannot see in, not possible to identify these two

men. They were given credit for some technical lighting and

also, for that synthesized sound of music, or as one announcer

called it, “cyber music.” There were a few running jokes about

these two and when they got up to receive the award, someone

else spoke for them. I enjoyed the extraordinary assembly of

Niles Rogers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder!! This was

much better than I expected! It resembled, if one closed your

eyes, Earth, Wind and Fire’s sound style! Very rhythm, blues

with an upbeat tempo! I hope you stayed awake to hear this

collaboration. The Daft Punk ‘cyber-robots’ were there to

add their own sound and lights display, too.

In the country music section of the program, a great group

of men gathered! I just have to say, I love these guys!!

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake

Shelton. This was an awesome collection of songs. Three songs

were blended together (which I hope that my friend who writes

about Country Music, featured and reviewed.) I used to enjoy

the group “The Highwaymen,” sad that Waylon Jennings and others

have left us to join that band in the sky. Here are the songs

that they put together to perform:

“Highwayman,” “I’m proud to be an Okie from Muscogee” and “Mama’s

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.” Many rockers in the

audience stood up and the spotlight, cameramen caught them singing

and dancing to this group of four men.

There were many more performers and nominations. There was Steven

Tyler, Metallica, Rolling Stones, Nate Rouse, Black Sabbath, Sara

Bareilles, Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts and more in the audience.

My last review, taken out of order is my favorite performance of

the evening: Robin Thicke and Chicago.

There songs were accompanied by the trumpets and horns of Chicago

group. They sang, “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?” with “Saturday,

In the Park…(I Think It was the Fourth of July)” along with “In the

Name of Love,” and Robin Thicke’s song, “Good Girl.” (“In the Name of

Love” lyrics: “I wish I could sing it to you, Time marches too quickly

Doesn’t matter where we go…”

The very pleasant and memorable duet with Sara Bareilles with Carole

King should be listened to, if you are like me, a product of the 70’s!

It was a long, musically enjoyable Sunday evening, which I really wanted

to post about before you saw the news, but weather did not permit me to

do so. Library was closed two days in a row!