The best leaders know when to talk, know when to listen and understand that they are not always right.
You know who does not come close to grasping that concept. He often chooses to disregard the advice given to him by officials in his own administration. In spite of receiving warnings about North Korea, he went back again for another round of talks last week. His failed summit in Hanoi with Kim Jong-un are absolute proof that his negotiation skills is all talk and nothing more.
Earlier today, Randy Rainbow released his new video entitled “HE’S IN LOVE (and we’re all gonna die) – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”. The video is based on the song “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific.
Either he is too stupid, too naive or too full of himself to realize that he is not only putting America in jeopardy, he is jeopardizing the free world when he openly consorts with dictators and strong men. What’s worse than his own willful blindness is that we have politicians in this country who follow you know who to save their own skins instead of working for the voters who hired then.
Next November better come soon. I don’t know how much more of this man I can take.
In my humble opinion, Randy Rainbow is a national treasure. Since blowing up in 2016 in the wake of the Presidential election, he has made us laugh and forget, even for a short time that you know who is f*cking with our country.
His latest video is entitled “THERE IS NOTHIN’ LIKE A WALL – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”. Using the song “There is Nothing Like A Dame” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific, Rainbow perfectly expresses the anger and frustration that many Americans feel as the government shutdown is well into its 4th week with no end in sight.
We all need a laugh right now. As he always does, Rainbow provides it and makes it all just a little easier to deal with, if only temporarily.
The best writers have the ability to take a basic narrative with basic characters and elevate those elements into a story that the audience or reader is able to hook into easily.
The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959. It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, a young woman in Austria who takes a job as a governess before deciding if she will join the nunnery that she has called home. As she turns the hearts of the children under her care, she also turns the heart of their widower father. World War II is on the horizon and the family must make a choice. Stay and support the Nazis or leave with only the clothes on their backs. In the end, they escape with almost nothing except with the knowledge that they are not silently standing by and approving of the new regime.
Recently, LaGuardia High School (otherwise known as the real life New York City High School that Fame is based on) decided to put on a production of The Sound of Music. During the rehearsal process, school administrators decided to downplay the historical facts of play by removing the swastikas from the production.
While I understand where the administrators were coming from, I disagree with their decision. Rodgers and Hammerstein did not just write love stories. Their stories are about issues that we as a society have to deal with. In Sound of Music, the issue is do you follow your conscious and leave everything/everyone that you know and love or do you silently sit back while something that you disagree with continues on?
From my perspective, The Sound of Music is the perfect musical to put on in this political climate. Not just because it is one of the greatest musicals of all time, but it reminds all of us of the power of standing up for what is right, even when no one else is.
Depending on one’s perspective, Omarosa Manigault-Newman is either a bitter ex-employee who is determined to bring her former employer down or a woman who is revealing truths that up to this point, had been kept from the American public.
This of course, is fertile inspiration for Randy Rainbow. His new video is entitled OMAROSA! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody.
Using the title song from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical Oklahoma! as a base, Randy Rainbow is proving once more why you know who is wholly and completely unfit not just for public office, but for the office of the President.
P.S. Did you the news that both Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort were found guilty today? You know who is not above the law, despite what he thinks. The justice system is far from perfect, but at the end of the day, justice will be served and you know who will get his day in court.
I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but there is one song that to me forever feels relevant: Carefully Taught, from the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. One of the verses is as follows:
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear/You’ve got to be taught from year to year/It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear/You’ve got to be carefully taught
Mohammed Al Samawi was born in Yemen. Raised in a religious Muslim family, he was taught to believe that Judaism, Christianity and anything in general belonging to western society was inherently evil. Then, at the age of 23, he received a copy of the New Testament. This small action started him on a journey of not just acceptance of others, but ultimately forced him to leave his family and his country and make a new life in America.
This book is mind blowing. I had a number of thoughts as I read this memoir. The first thought is that we can overcome prejudice and hate, if we are willing and we have the opportunity. The second thought is that his story feels like it could belong to anyone, regardless of faith or family background. The final thought is that hating someone because they are different feels like a waste of emotions and energy. We only get one spin on this on planet, why waste it hating someone else when you could just go about your business?
I absolutely recommend it.
I’m not a huge fan of the classic musicals, but sometimes, one of them resonates so deeply that it is as relevant in 2017 as it was when it was initially introduced to audiences.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical, South Pacific is set on an unnamed island in the South Pacific during World War II. The underlying message of the narrative is basically that racism of any kind is wrong. The story focuses on the will they or won’t they relationship between two couples: an American nurse and a French expatriate plantation owner with mixed race children and a soldier and a native girl.
While the show has it’s lighter moments, one the best remembered songs (in my opinion at least), is “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”.
The rally in Charlottesville yesterday proved that America has a long way to go in achieving the ideals of the Founding Fathers.
It did not help, of course, that President Trump’s statement was vague and he did not outright condemn the hate filled marchers, but honestly who is surprised by that?
We were warned, btw by Hillary Clinton last year.
Heather Heyer lost her life to this hate. I hope this is a wake up call for all Americans. The progress we have made as Americans in reaching the ideals set forth by the Founding Fathers represents the work of multiple generations. But for as much work as we have done, this weekend proves that we still have a long way to go.
Here we go again.
Another conflict between the Israeli’s and the Palestinians. More buildings destroyed. More lives lost. More people who must bury their loved ones.
Israel is not the perfect. The government and the citizens are made of imperfect humans who have made mistakes and will make mistakes.
I’m going to ask you to watch the two videos below.
The first video below is a recording of Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor.
The second is a Palestinian children television program.
One of the songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, South Pacific is called “Carefully Taught”. Though the musical made it’s debut in a post World War II, pre-Civil Rights era America, the lyrics about teaching your children to hate your neighbor because they are different still resonate after 60+ years.
I’m not here to change anyone else’s opinion about Israel, whatever it maybe. I’m only asking to you watch the videos,to not believe everything the media says and make up your own mind.
This past Thursday, NBC aired a live telecast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical The Sound Of Music.
Any national or Broadway revival of this musical will obviously be compared to the original production from the 1950’s with Mary Martin in the lead role and the iconic 1965 movie.
Carrie Underwood as Maria was an interesting choice by the producers. Yes, the woman can sing. One does not win American Idol and sell as many albums as she has without the ability to sing as well as she does. However, singing your own songs on a concert stage or acting in a music video which will ultimately be less than five minutes long is very different than playing one of the most iconic characters in musical theater. Did she know her lines? Yes. But there was little emotion behind those lines.
And now to Stephen Moyer. A great actor who is incredibly sexy on True Blood. And so wrong for Captain Von Trapp.
He is age appropriate and is as much as a name as Carrie Underwood. I don’t expect him to hit the high notes that Maria hits, but I found him to be stiff and his singing to be simply underwhelming. The Captain is emotionally closed off and stiff at the beginning of the story, but that is his character. Even when he began to open himself up to his children and become the father they needed, Moyer just wasn’t doing it for me. I found myself wishing that Christopher Plummer was still young enough to play this part again.
The upshot to this production was the decision to hire Broadway veterans to fill out the adult supporting roles. Audra McDonald (Mother Abbess), Laura Benanti (Elsa Schrader) and Christian Borle (Max Detweiler). Benati played Maria in the last revival, perhaps she might have imparted some advice to Underwood.
I applaud NBC for this undertaking, a live televised production of one of the most beloved musicals is not an easy thing to pull off. But next time, if there is a next time, I would recommend choose actors who actually have musical theater credentials and not just pop stars and TV actors who can sing.