Wednesday, January 14

John Williams

I have to further my last post. At the end of the song in the video, "John Williams is the man!" is sang with exclamation. I had no idea what an extraordinary composer he is. He composed every theme song used in the Star Wars video, which where the following, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones, Superman, E.T., Jaws and Jurassic Park. This was enough to floor me, but when I wiki-ed him, I was even further astonished. This man is probably one of the most influential composers of our time. Not only did he compose all those themes, but many other of the themes people most readily identify with. Aside from the entire Star Wars score, including the series' most recent three, including the chilling choir piece everyone loves to try and screech! He also composed the score for the first three Harry Potter films, including, of course the theme now synonymous with the films. The list of scores he has composed goes on and on. The entire score for Schindler's list, Home Alone, Hook, Seven years in Tibet, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich, as well as adapting the score for the film version of Fiddler on the Roof. If that wasn't enough for you, he has also composed for 4 Olympics, 1984, 1988, 1996 and naturally 2002! He has won 20 Grammys, 4 Golden Globes, and 7 Academy Awards and 40 Academy Award nominations. He shares being the second most nominated individual with Alfred Newman another very impressive composer. Who is the first you ask? Well Walt Disney of course!

John Williams really is the man!

Tuesday, January 13

Star Wars

I keep posting all these videos! But this is seriously the coolest thing ever. Should put some videos up of my kids eh? Or at least some photos, man am I lame. An E ways. Maybe some updates....Put Clara in a big girl bed, and had NO problems! Except having to jail her to her room....having thoughts of Kateka.....also got James' room all set up and he is in the crib, which is a huge relief! I am headed off to Denver in a few weeks to stay with my family for a while, get my fill of them for the next year streak I got missing them :( Not sure when I am going to come back but somewhere in the vicinity of a month to a month and a half. I can't even tell you how excited I am to just sit with my Gramma and watch T.V. while she holds my little man, or lay in bed with Mom and Dad, relaxing to Pride and Predjudice, I know we will do it, and it makes me bubble up with happy inside!

Monday, January 12

Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett

This makes me smile and giggle! You gotta watch through to the end, and watch both!

For you Mom and Dad.

Here is some fun info, about these two great ladies!

Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells. She took on the surname Andrews when she left her Father's care and joined her Mother and Step-Father Barbra and Ted Andrews. In her early years Julia acquired perfect pitch, an ability shared with people such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles.

Julie, was the original Eliza Doolittle, in the Broadway musical My Fair Lady, but was - to her dismay - denied the role on film because she lacked the proper amount of fame to secure a box office hit. The role was given instead, to Audrey Hepburn who had never made a cinematic flop. That year Julie received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a lead role, for every ones favorite nanny, Mary Poppins. Audrey Hepburn was nominated as well, for her role as Eliza Doolittle. Julie went home with the Golden Globe and an Academy Award for best actress, an award, Audrey Hepburn was not even nominated for. In Julie's famous acceptance speech for the Golden Globe, Julie said "My thanks to a man who made a wonderful movie, and who made all this possible in the first place, Mr. Jack Warner." Jack Warner was the head of Warner Brothers Studios, and had been the one to deny Julie the role of Eliza, allowing her to go on to make Mary Poppins and movie history.

Carol Burnett a Hollywood native born in Texas, started her college career as a Journalism major, with much encouragement from her alcoholic Mother. Carol quickly changed her mind and turned her energy towards theater and English, in the hopes of becoming a play write. During her pursuit she quickly fell in love with performance, having been in many productions at the University of California, Los Angeles. In hopes of perusing acting further she and her boyfriend packed up for New York, with the generous funding from an early and faithful fan, they met at a cocktail party. One thousand dollars in hand, she made her way to New York, and onto the stage. From the stage, in shows, such as Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, co-starring Julie Andrews, Carol rose to the small screen. She made fast friends with Lucille ball, who also became an influential mentor. Lucille sent flowers to Carol for her birthday every year, including Carol's 56th, which was also the day Lucille Ball died. The note in the flowers said "Happy Birthday, Kid. Love, Lucy."

Carol went on to make her wildly praised and hilarious Carol Burnett Show, despite the networks disbelief a female could be successful with a variety show. Probably most memorable from the Burnett show was the homage Carol paid at the end of each show, to her Grandmother who raised her. Carol would sing her goodnight song, and close with a tug on her left ear, this was a sign to her Grandmother, she was doing well and that she loved her, a tradition Carol carried on, tearfully at times, even after her Grandmother's passing. After the end of the Burnett show, Carol went on to make a few films including my favorite Annie, where she played the cantankerous role of Miss Hannigan. Today Carol is 75, she lives in Hawaii and Santa Fe. I imagine she draws cartoons, in her spare time.