Saturday, February 23, 2013

Simple, Elegant, Beautiful

In the year that the Nazis invaded Poland, physicists confirmed the process of splitting atoms, John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" was published and "Gone with the Wind" dominated the Academy Awards, we were also given the gift of "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller. The epitome of big band music, it's romantic, light, fun, happy music that makes you want to hold your partner close and dance across the floor. It brings to mind images of finely dressed men and women at tables smoking cigarettes and drinking martinis as they listen to Mr Miller.  Enjoy.

In 1965 one of the coolest men to ever walk the planet put lyrics to Miller's masterpiece. Frank Sinatra romances us with his version of "Moonlight Serenade".

And one more before we part. Something that may seem very different, but I don't see it that way.  

"Moonlight Serenade", Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra - they lighten our mood with their simple, elegant beauty and romance. There is one person we came to know as an actress that represents all those things for me as well.  She graced us with her talent about 20 years after Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade". I was born when she was in the height of her career but I adore her.  She has a simple elegant beauty.  Everything about her says class.  Understated, undeniable class. A real lady. 

Audrey Hepburn - "My Fair Lady", "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Sabrina", "Roman Holiday". Beautiful in the simple, classic, feminine lines of the Givenchy clothes that she so adored. 
Here she is in "My Fair Lady", singing "I Could Have Danced All Night".

Music does for us what reading does. It takes us to a different place. It can pull us out of ourselves and make us forget the world for a time. It can draw us deep within ourselves, cause us to examine ourselves, remind us of some life experience that impacted us strongly (positively or negatively). 

What would we do without music and reading? I, for one, have no doubt that I would go insane.

Have a beautiful day my friends. Make it a beautiful day. Seize it for all it's worth.


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