Bringing Broadway Home

Yes, the Corona virus is serious. Its spread is worrying, just as the willingness of people across the country to stay at their posts in retail shops, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and grocery stores is more than admirable.

Still, there are frustrations and tensions as the world attempts to navigate its way through essentially uncharted waters. There’s anger at politicians and hoarders, befuddlement in the face of empty shelves, and a strong desire for easy or quick answers which refuse to come.

Given the realities, a little humor can be a relief, and when a friend passed on this video (thanks, Jeanie!), I laughed all the way through one of the best bits of parody I’ve seen. No, it’s not entirely safe for work, but since most people either aren’t working or are working from home, that’s not much of an issue. Enjoy!

 

 

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This is Just to Say

 

Not long after I published my color image of this landmark on Trinity Bay, I received an email from photographer and friend Steve Gingold. It included this reprocessed version of the photo, and a few words:

Forgive me…
The strong contrast and those beautiful clouds, I just had to…

The changes he made to the photo opened my eyes to the virtues of black-and-white photography in a new and visceral way. To put it simply, while my color version of the chapel would make a nice postcard, this is a photograph, and an invitation to a new way of seeing.

The association raised by the words of his email was equally delightful. They brought to mind William Carlos Williams’s famous poem titled “This is Just to Say”:

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Uncounted parodies of his poem have appeared over the years, and it seems appropriate to add this one to the mix.

I have changed
the color
that was in
your photo
and which
you probably
preferred
in the end
Forgive me
this seems delicious
so strong
and so bold

 

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And Now, A Word from Michigan

I love Leonard Cohen. I delight in parodies, and I can’t help smiling when someone manages to bring humor, affection, and talent to bear on a bad situation.

If you watch tv or keep an eye on social media, you may already have seen this, but I couldn’t keep from posting the video for those who might otherwise miss it. Thanks to Jean at The Misadventures of Widowhood for including it in her blog today.

 

 

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