You don’t need to name drop. You are a name unto yourself.~Laura, a wise FB friend
Likely you are familiar with the meme “Sad Keanu”. I would like to propose a new one: Wise Keanu.
I will be the first one to tell you that I have only seen 5 of his films – soon to be six as I await the John Wick Parabellum to be released. I would argue that Keanu Reeves is more performer (indeed, a dancer in my estimation) than actor.
But the man is adorable and gracious and generous and kind. He always gives credit where credit is due (particularly his stunt team) and treats his sensei (in fighting, gun-fu, horseback riding) with great respect. We never hear a sore word about him and he lives a quiet life, motorbikes notwithstanding.
He enjoys life and can be a bit goofy.
Which is why in Keanu’s recent interview with Stephen Colbert, Stephen and myself were caught off-guard (9:48m).
“What do you think will happen to us when we die?” asked Colbert, half in jest.
“I know the ones who love us will miss us.”
Last year today, Kiss Guy (aka Yayo Sanchez) showed us what joy is about. I thought we needed a reminder.
And remember – do, or do not, there is no try (Yoda). Still, even Rock Stars can forget the words.
Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench – Kiss Guy – Austin, TX. 4-18-18 (Yayo Sanchez) Multi-Cameras
I ‘ve had a bit of a setback but watching this video of British Bakeoff reminds me again of the great things that I am capable of doing. More to come!
I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I’ve dreamed.– Nina Simone in July, 1968
On the first Sunday of the month, I go to a pub called the Gin Mill to attend ABFC (another bloody folk club). This time, I did a singing spot doing a rendition of Nina Simone’s See Line Woman. I did okay but I must work on it.
While bopping around on Youtube (as it now knows that I have a thing for Miss Simone), I found a short video of Nina Simone playing Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence.
It is magical. It amazes me how people forget how this divine Selkie could play. She had such a hard life and still managed to bring joy to others, all the while making it clear that she did not take sh*t from anybody. That silent stare of her’s shot darts. Both mad and mad.
This lady had IT in spades.
I am barely familiar with Jason Momoa – I know he did Game of Thrones and played Aquaman. I know that he is partnered with Lisa Bonet. I know he has children.
But I have been enjoying his videos online about his Aquaman tour and his interviews. This is a man who likes to play, who is passionate about climbing, cameras, motor bikes and his heritage (arguably more so than acting).
Which reminds me, yet again, that my life is not my job. My job provides me with the income to do the things I love: sing, read, look at art, and learn.
Here is Jason in Hawaii. Near the end he does a Hawaiian warrior dance (I gather this is similar, but not the same, as a Maori haka). I don’t live in Hawaii but I can find beauty in my home town of Toronto just the same.
A meme worth reading and remembering. Shirley would approve.