May 24, 2008

Thoughts on YOUNG AT HEART

(1) Brilliant songs and music, and stunning performances in some cases

(2) A reminder of mortality at work - two performers died during the making of the documentary, and one about 9 months later

(3) A sobering thought - my parents are not that much younger than the youngest members of the choir

(4) It is refreshing in this day and age to see a director of a documentary NOT appear in the film anywhere (this may explain the occasionally shaky camerawork - in fact, even in a scene in a car where the director is PRESENT, he is magically not seen, though, at least then, one presumes he was NOT holding the camera)

(5) If I reach that age, I hope to be able to sing such songs (of course, I would know that, by the time of SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?, the Clash were pretty much a pop band, and that, though they are about the right age for its heyday, I'm not sure Sonic Youth would EVER have described themselves as 'punk' either...)

May 1, 2008

Sorry, Lou Dobbs...

Was watching CNN today, and Lou Dobbs was kvetching about the amnesty demonstrations in the US occurring on Law Day, and on the 50th Anniversary of it and all.

Well, this happens to be International Workers Day, which was inspired by the Haymarket Riots in Chicago in 1891 - i.e. inspired by an AMERICAN event - and was first declared in 1889 - i.e. it trumps Law Day in terms of tradition.

And, anyway, some of us are internationalists who don't think the solution to internal strife is isolation. Colour us red, okay?

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