Friday, July 25, 2014|
Just a Thought...
There shall be
eternal summer in the grateful heart. [Celia Thaxter]
My journal (and I) are taking a brief summer holiday. I know
that sometimes I have posted favourite blogs from the past, but
I've been so very busy in recent weeks that my time has just run
out. Between interviews to prepare for, extra work on shows,
nights out (work related, of course!) and that baby shower for
which I should be much further along in my planning, I'm
slammed. So - please come back August 11th! I hope we
see our Blue Jays back in #1 spot by then. What a nice treat
that would be!
And speaking of pleasant surprises...this week Rob and I attended
the early premiere of Get On Up, a biography of the late,
great soul singer James Brown. We went in with some interest
but not a ton of optimism; musical biopics can be so hit (Ray)
and miss (Jersey Boys) but this one was absolute
dynamite. Chad Boseman first got our attention as Jackie
Robinson in the baseball flick 42, so we knew he could
bring it, but man did he BRING IT! You have never seen moves
like the ones he pulled off as he completely and utterly embodied
the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business". From his hard
luck and dirt poor upbringing in Georgia to the bright lights of
the Apollo Theater and many more stops along the way and afterwards,
James Brown's was a story of perseverance, talent and sheer nastiness.
Aptly enough, the film was a Jagged Production and one of the men
behind the scenes (and shown briefly backstage and in some old
footage on a tiny screen during a televised concert) is none other
than Mick Jagger. Jagger has said that one of the worst (or
hardest) things he and the Rolling Stones ever did was follow
James Brown and his Amazing Flames. Anyway, I've no idea
what the real critics will say next Friday when it comes out; I'm
just saying that Get On Up is worth the price of
admission. And Chad Boseman is a force to be reckoned
with. As someone who is usually overly critical of these
things, it didn't even occur to me (or to Rob who's equally picky)
that Boseman might not be singing. You'll have to wait until
the closing credits to find out for yourself.
And so, off we go. I'm cutting myself off (and it's going to
be painful) from social media for the next two weeks. I have
gotten overly exorcised about the Toronto political scene again
and I am not a better person for it. I'm also looking to
shift my priorities a bit and be more of the wife and mother I
think I should be. I've been watching my inbox and iPhone a
little too much and losing sight of what's really important.
So, hopefully with a heart full of inspiration and a spirit
sparking with possibilities, I'm back to you on August 11, ready
to take on the world.
I wish you a wonderful couple of weeks and thank you - as always -
for coming by. I don't take one click, one email, one good
wish for granted. Talk to you soon.
(@CHFIErin on Twitter)