Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VALENTINE



Candy? Flowers? Perhaps some diamonds?

Heck, no. All I can offer is rhinestones.
And dinner at McDonalds - if you're lucky. 

And some music.
An ancient recording of Love Story, which I made in Los Angeles when I was nineteen or twenty. The audio is poor, and when I transferred the tape to Mp3 it sounds slightly faster than the original recording.
I slapped the video together last night in half an hour without much thought or creativity.

The theme from the movie Love Story (1970) was really popular for a number of years (original title is Where Do I Begin? by French composer Francis Lai).
I kept it in my piano repertoire for a long time.

I remember when the film Love Story  first came out. Everyone was crying when Ali MacGraw died (in the movie). Hell, I was kinda relieved. Her portrayal of Jenny was extremely obnoxious. Not to mention the fact that she's a rotten actress. Okay, maybe I'm being too cruel. Maybe....

I also read the novel Love Story by Erich Segal. I thought it was fairly decent back then. Upon thumbing through it again recently my favorable opinion has changed. I have no idea how it ever got published - not to mention becoming a best seller. It's crap.

Your not-so-charming negativity is showing, Jon. Don't you have a smidgen of romanticism in your soul?

The interfering grim reality of life has knocked it out of me, Kimosabe.

Let's interrupt this blog post for a special announcement.
There are several different spellings listed for "Kimosabe" and no matter which one I use - - Spell Check informs me that it's wrong. Sometimes I use "Kemosahbee", other times "Kimosabe."
It depends on my mood. The hell with Spell Check.

Now we'll resume our regular programing. 

Actually, I'm the quintessential romantic. In my misguided youth I was hopelessly (and helplessly) romantic. I'm still romantic, but I now see life with the toxicity of reality - - which gives romanticism an entirely different perspective.

Growing older is a bitch.
Not that I'm old, mind you.  

I still fondly remember the intense romanticism of my youth in California:
Candlelit dinners with champagne. Evenings at the opera or ballet. Romantic midnight rendezvous  on the foggy beach long after midnight.


I'm glad I had all those glorious times. They could never be repeated.

Whether you have plans for the present love of your life, or merely fond memories of a past one - I hope your Valentine's Day will be special. 


25 comments:

  1. I hope you day will be special too. I will be home after work myself. You can be my Valentine!

    ❤πŸ’πŸ’˜πŸ’–❤ πŸ’˜πŸ’–πŸ’–❤ πŸ’•πŸ’πŸ’–πŸ’˜❤❤ πŸ’•

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    1. What a sweet proposition!

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    2. "Proposition" was probably the wrong word.
      I should have said "What a sweet invitation"

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  2. Your magnificent rendition brought back memories. I cried when listening to it. It was so full of emotion. Loved it.

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    1. It really does bring back a lot of old memories - I miss those days so much, Sam. And I'm really touched to know that the music made you cry. Love ya.

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  3. At our age we're just thankful to still be alive on another Valentine's Day. Happy day to you Jon.

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    1. I feel exactly the same way. Have a great day, Paula!

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  4. thank you for the sweet valentine. i learn so much here. like the fact the song was orginally called Where Do I Begin? by French composer Francis Lai. i wish you a happy day. i daresay all of us would invite you to be our valentine.

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  5. How sweet - thank you! I usually write so much nonsense that I occasionally feel obligated to include some information now and then. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  6. Up high hand slap! I thought she was a terrible actress, too! I didn't find them believable as a couple at all. He had to carry the whole movie (did a good job, though). Everybody else loved that movie--LOL! But I guess I was not alone. ;)

    No romantic memories of Valentine's Day here. Doesn't bother me, though. I think the other 364 days are more demonstrative of how a person feels about you. (Not that I had much luck on that score, either--no wonder I decided I was better off alone back in 1993--LOL!)

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  7. I honestly think it's ridiculous to force people into being romantic on one day every year. Big waste of time and money. And - at this point in my life - I'm content being alone. Many of my previous relationships caused nothing but problems - - and the people whom I TRULY loved are now deceased.

    I sometimes think the best gift we can have is blessed PEACE.
    It's raining here on Valentine's Day but at least the temp has warmed up.

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  8. Valentine’s Day I am ignoring as usual, and it has ignored me. So no story there. I have an Ali McGraw story though. Living on the west side (LA) late 80s, early 90s (?) Ali McGraw came into a department store in Santa Monica where a friend of a friend worked. Went to the shoe department and cleaned them out of trainers. She bought them in all styles and sizes. Seems she was donating them to a homeless shelter. MaggieB

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    1. Thanks for sharing the interesting Ali story. I've heard (through the Hollywood grapevine) that she is a very nice person. It's almost impossible to believe she's now 78 years old. Last I heard, she was living in New Mexico.

      I'm ignoring Valentine's Day, too. It's the best thing to do...

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  9. "I'm glad I had all those glorious times. They could never be repeated." Perfect! I'll have to steal those lines for my super-secret autobiography ... if I ever get around to penning one.

    Again, I'm loving the visuals you've chosen to accompany this piece. Olden country roads and tired fences grab at my heartstrings.

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    1. I was in a sentimental mood for fog, sunsets, and morning mists. Hopefully you won't keep your autobiography "super-secret". I'm afraid to ever unleash mine to the unsuspecting public for fear of being sued....(or killed by a hit-man).

      I hope your Valentine's Day will be super-sweet!

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  10. I had Norma listen to your wonderful rendering of "Where Do I Begin?" and believe you've acquired a Valentine. I devoted my attention to a phrase from my preliterate childhood, which I spell phonetically: ke o sabe, and means "who knows?" in Portuguese (and was oft-accompanied by a shrug). I figured that can't be right so I looked up Kemosabe on Google and it means "soggy shrub" in Navajo. Now I'm afraid to look up "Tonto". This research is all the Valentine I can give you, Jon, and hope you have a pleasant day.

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    1. Research is about the best Valentine I could get, Geo, besides the smiles that your comment induced. And thanks for sharing my "Love Story" rendition with Norma.

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  11. Jon , I took down my comment on your heating bill as all I did was suggest chocolate cake and a hug. Everyone else was much more down beat .
    Tonight though no more . I have the saxophonist's ok to take you up on the rhinestones and Macdonalds .
    We shall forget the fast food , put on our rhine stone tiara's and get silly drunk at my local pub .

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    1. Chocolate cake and a hug is a delightful suggestion - - and getting drunk at the pub is even better.
      Wait 'till I get my rhinestone tiara......(*smile*)

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    2. Jon, I first watched Love Story on Television back in 1976. I was still pretty young, so I did cry a tear or two at the end. I remember asking my sister (we watched the movie together) about the line: "Love means never having to say you're sorry." What's that supposed to mean?

      She told me I was much too young to understand, but I'd figure it out as I got older, etc. Guess what? I still don't know what the hell it means! And I'm A LOT older.

      The "Love Story" theme is the best thing about the movie. And your wonderful rendition has inspired me to search for the movie on YouTube :-)

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    3. Dylan - I always wondered the same thing. What exactly does "Love means never having to say you're sorry" mean?? I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one puzzled by this. Perhaps if we get REALLY old, we'll finally figure it out (*smile*).

      I searched for Love Story on YouTube but couldn't find it. It undoubtedly has to do with copyright laws.
      Anyway, it's good to hear from you.

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  12. You have some wonderful memories. I haven't seen "Love Story" and now I guess I won't!

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    1. "Love Story" is tolerable...but I doubt if it will enrich your life.

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  13. I agree with your assessment of both the book and the movie. The book (gag!) was too uber-sickeningly sweet and cornball for words. Ditto the sequel, "Oliver's Story." But the theme song? LOVE it, and you sure know how to make it come alive. You played a very touching rendition.

    Our Valentine's Day was a bit non-traditional. (For other people, anyway. It suited us quite well.) I went out and bought some live blue crabs and steamed 'em up. I DID get a chocolate bar, too. (urp!)

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    1. Non-traditional is the best way to celebrate V Day!Home cooking sounds fine to me.
      Quite honestly, think the music is what made "Love Story" such a popular movie.

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