Roger by Alphabet

Swiped from Kelly:

A, B, C, D, E, F . . .

Sing play along now.

A – Age: 53 this week.
B – Band listening to right now: The Devlins
C – Career future: Retirement some day.
D – Dad’s name: Les
E – Easiest person to talk to: Norman
F – Favorite song: Come Softly to Me-the Fleetwoods
G – Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Couldn’t say.
H – Hometown: Binghamton
I – Instruments: Kazoo, tambourine
J – Job: Librarian
K – Kids: one daughter, who I may have mentioned
L – Longest car ride ever: probably Charlotte, NC to Oneonta, NY in one day (15 hours)
M – Mom’s name: Trudy
N – Number of jobs you’ve had: Somewhere north of 20.
P – Phobia[s]: Swords.
Q – Quote: “We all shine on.” -Lennon
R – Reason to smile: The next day.
S – Song you sang last: “Stir It Up”-Bob Marley
T – Time you wake up: I’m an insomniac. If I’m lucky, 5:30.
U – Unknown fact about me:I appeared on the local children’s TV show in Binghamton at least three times when I was a kid.
V – Vegetable you hate: Waxed beans from a can. Vile.
W – Worst habit: Failure to close drawers.
X – X-rays you’ve had: Foot, knee, shoulder, and of course, teeth.
Y – Yummy food: Spinach lasagna.
Z – Zodiac sign: Pisces.

Joan of Arc

“If Joan of Arc had been born in another day
Would she now be stuck in Gitmo Bay?”

That coupling is mine, but it pretty much matches the sentiment of one of the speakers I saw Tuesday at the Albany Public Library talking about Joan of Arc. She was a religious zealot, “called by God” to challenge the dominant authority militantly. She would probably now be diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

With all the current, Oscar-driven movie talk, if you get a chance, go see the silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, the 1928 silent film by Carl Dreyer starring Maria Falconetti, if not in conjunction with the Albany Pro Musica performance tonight of “Voices of Light”, then some other time. The faces Dreyer chose are AMAZINGLY evocative.

There is a 1995 recording of the “Voices of Light” by composer Richard Einhorn featuring the vocal group Anonymous 4 and the Radio Netherlands Philharmonic on SONY Classical.

Einhorn writes of the film that inspired his music that it “makes virtually every movie critic and scholar’s short list of masterpieces. It clearly influenced such filmmakers as Bergman, Fellini, Hitchcock, and…Scorcese.” A few months after the premiere of the film, most prints were destroyed in a fire, until a few canisters were found in a mental institution in Oslo in 1981. Note the parallels of the film to Joan’s life, such as the fire and the supposed mental instability.

Fascinating. Thanks to the discussion participants, and to the library for the preview.

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