Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The GOSPEL of ME (As dictated by GOD)



1. And GOD looked at the world in 2010 and GOD was a little dismayed and annoyed

2. There was so much hate and mistrust and greed upon the planet.

3. And GOD said unto the people.”I have been speaking to you but you don’t seem to listen anymore.”

4. But the people went on exercising their egos and didn’t hear GOD speak to them nor did they hear those who brought the intentions and interpretations of what GOD was trying to get across to people and those who heard the voice of GOD were ignored or medicated or institutionalized because everyone knew that all GOD ever had to say had been said 2,000 years ago.

5. GOD was not pleased especially when people blamed GOD for things like disease, pestilence and other sundry occurrences since GOD was busy doing other things and had left people in charge of the Earth and that which dwelled upon it.

6. And GOD said,”Why, when I have given you minds, do you continue to accept the babbling of those who would act in my name in ways of HATE and disunity? I am the GOD of unconditional LOVE and maybe some of those people back in the old days got it wrong, or the translators changed the words up a bit or mistranslated or even changed things for power and greed in themselves which vexed me at the time but I let it slide because I figured the smarter ones of you would influence the weaker. I was mistaken of course since I hadn’t quite planned for mob rule but then I fixed all that. And lo, you still ignored me.”

7. And GOD sent down some new rules that ought to be considered and adopted into people’s lives knowing full well that many would ignore them in favor of the badly translated writings of the past.

8. “Gay people are OK. I find them interesting and entertaining. That whole Sodom and Gomorrah thing had nothing to do with Gay stuff it was a misunderstanding about hospitality and frankly I had nothing to do with the destruction part, which had to do with a meteor that got away from me! M’I bad?”

9. “That whole Leviticus book is really insane I mean SHRIMP an abomination? Don’t work on Sunday? The Rest day was actually Saturday anyway that’s another mistake but what am I going to do smite everyone at Knott’s Berry Farm for helping people have a good time? You people must really think I’m a bad GOD?”

10. “Drop the whole our FATHER thing-as an omnipotent super being I reserve the right to be whatever I want to be-you decide if the seed or the egg is more important? Actually it’s more like the seed of the WOMAN and the water or fertilizer of the MAN to help the seed along isn’t it? Anyway my name isn’t GOD (that’s a generic term) but I haven’t settled on one name so let’s leave it that way for now but trust me I am seldom (if ever) an old white guy with a beard sitting on a cloud throwing thunderbolts.”

11. “I LOVE you all and I don’t send diseases and stuff to punish you, how cruel would that be? You all punish yourselves enough (and each other for that matter) you need to ease up and use the knowledge I have been sending to HELP each other (I always did love the LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU part).

12. “That’s all for now, if you would just work on those things I would be
really pleased.”

13. “Oh. Sorry about cockroaches, that was a bad idea. OOPS!”

AMEN

Monday, June 14, 2010

MONA LISA AND THE LASER INFO

This popular post is in the August 2009 archive-I hope you enjoy it!

Best

Rick

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Googled

I was remembering that old song-REACH OUT AND TOUCH…seems that I have been driven to reconnect with people from my past.

Back in the early 1970’s I met up with a fellow named Frank Fetta via the LACC Opera workshop.

I was mostly a singer in those days torn between art and music.

I loved to design but also loved to sing.

Actually Frank helped make up my mind about which to do more when he said I didn’t have the temperament of a singer-he was probably right although a world class voice somewhat went to waste.

There was a gang in those days Frank, Joann Zajac (a brilliant soprano with a voice that could stop any production), Gary Fisher, Louis Lebeherz, Gina Hamilton and many others.

We were opera in Los Angeles in many ways.

In those early years of the 1970s we produced Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute in the W. H. Auden translation, later at ELACC Tales of Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus, Bayou Legend and more...all on the slimmest of budgets but with style and verve.

In the 80’s we were in Ontario with Westend Opera and the Redlands Festival where amongst many productions we were all together again on AIDA, La Boheme and a fully produced Magic Flute that I directed (Gary had directed the first time).

That last Magic Flute was so special Gina as the third lady, Louis as Sarastro, Gary as Tamino, Frank in the pit-if we had been able to have Joanie as the Queen it would have been very special indeed-and me directing and designing.

A young woman named Elizabeth Biggs (Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs) sang Papagena in that production-she was young, svelte and beautiful with a charming voice and a wonderful stage prescence..

I recently checked to see what she was up to and found that she had stepped into TOSCA at the Met (Metropolitan Opera NYK) in MAY and was a huge success.

I had dropped an email and I received a signed photo and a disc of her Met Tosca excerpts via her agent.

That led me to remember Joannie-I had always hoped to hear her do Tosca (one of my favorite operas) –the last I had heard she was running a B&B in Greece-now it seems she is here in the states teaching voice again in L A, NEW YORK and Vegas.

Googled!!

She sees Frank-and sent several lovely emails to me in response to my “Do you remember me?” query.

I also think I have located Gina-we actually went to school together at Cal Arts-it would be nice to hear from her as well.

I miss music like I miss the theatre.

I have put so much into art but theatre was always my first love and Opera is theatre of the highest form-it has everything music, drama , pageantry and glamour-maybe I still have time to do that again a little in the late part of my life?

Reconnecting is so…I don’t know…exciting and nostalgic certainly but also fraught with little stresses since as we move on and live our lives we change…in changing we must be open to the same changes in others.

Sometimes the hardest thing to bear is someone who has not changed at all or who has changed for the worst.

I had found a friend from the distant past and sadly he was so mentally ill that any sort of a lasting relationship with him was now impossible…another fellow who had been very forthright and ready to take chances had become tentative and reserved…

I wonder how they see me---serious, more serious certainly than I was in those boyish years of the 60’s and 70’s, less temperamental than I was in the 80’s, less self assured than I was in the 90’s…

I have to say that living through Viet Nam, the AIDS plague and so many other events that have culled the roster of friends past/passed, if you are wondering about someone from your past try “Googleing “ them…whatever the outcome the adventure of the search can be worth the outcome.

One must be prepared for people we waited too long to reconnect with who have passed over but there is a special joy in sharing memories with someone who we knew and who knew us “Way back then…”