I just read that Richard Glatzer, the co-writer of Still Alice passed away, and was saddened by the news. David, Donovan and I went to see the the film when they were visiting last month. There were many moments in the film that David and I related to, and I heard an interview with Wash Westmoreland and his Husband, Richard on NPRwhile I was driving back from San Francisco. There was something inspiring and hopeful about the way they continued working even while fight Richard’s ALS.
I wrote this over a week ago, but never finished or posted it. Since then, I have been back to Palm Springs, and David and I performed at the SongShine performance of Carousel. Did I ever mention on here that I have a new found respect for Leslie Uggams and her going up on the lyrics of “June is busting out all over”. What a song! Here is a clip from the performance. David will kill me when he sees that this has been posted. Or I think he will, perfectionist that he is. The sad part is that I taped this from my lap and all you can really hear is my voice. I was a sort of ringer.
Things are going well here in Livermore. I am really (no, really) on the road to buying the Pickle House. I think that I will be in by around the first or second week of May. I am looking forward to having a real closet. Simple joys. We are also working on a Film Festival at the Bankhead and I may be producing some sort of play next spring. That will be fun/terrifying!
A livermore story: I was walking to the theatre tonight to see Ukrainian pianist, Stanislav Khristenko at the theatre, and as I turned the corner, there was a crowd of cowboys raising money for the Livermore Rodeo. Did I ever tell you that the Livermore Rodeo is the fastest rodeo in the world. We also have the longest burning light bulb in the world. I get the light bulb, but I am not sure what the fastest rodeo even means. Hopefully someone explains it to me. I think I want to rewrite the lyrics to “The Farmer and the Cowman should be friends” from Oklahoma! to “The Physicist and the Cowman should be Friends”. There was also a half marathon today in town, and there were crowds and crowds of people. I might add, that by the look of many of them, they weren’t running a half marathon or even for that matter a quarter marathon.
Tonight at the theatre, there was a lot of talk about the Steinway and the work that I had approved to make it ready for this concert. Stanislav gave the piano quite a workout! I can say that the work was a success, but still a work in progress. I thought the concert was wonderful.