Thanks, Judy. Here's a vignette about “DUI Story.” I've always considered Shakespeare to be the greatest writer. Not just for great stories, but many of his verses are a pleasure to listen to, just like music. Romeo and Juliette's balcony scene, surely Hamlet's soliloquies, I can still remember memorizing Caesar's “Cowards die a thousand times...” when I was in high school. So when I heard a pair of gifted actors perform the love duet from The Merchant of Venice, I was blown over by the music, the serenity, the joy of being young, alive and in love.
From“DUI Story”: (Try to imagine Jessica and her boyfriend Lorenzo sitting by a beautiful bucolic lake on a quiet night with gentle breezes and occasional chirps of a wood thrush.)
Her gentle, girlish voice was as sensually pleasurable as the crackle of a clear mountain brook at dusk.
“The moon shines bright: In such a night as this,
When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees
And they did make no noise, in such a night
Troilus methinks mounted the Trojan walls,
And sigh’d his soul toward the Grecian tents,
Where Cressida lay that night.”
The language was so mellifluous and sweet-sounding— no wonder Hector Berlioz inserted it into the fourth act of Les Troyens. What a score, what a feeling of nocturnal peacefulness and well-being. The most rewarding pleasures in life are intellectual, I thought.
“In such a night
Did Thisbe fearfully o’erstrip the dew,
And saw the lion’s shadow ere himself,
And ran dismay’d away.”
Kelly continued with an oh-yeah confidence,
“In such a night
Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
Upon the wild sea-banks, and wav’d her love
To come again to Carthage.”
Ironic outcome: Al Pacino produced a movie version a few years ago, and believe it?, he expunged the above scene as if it weren't worth the few minutes to listen to.
What's happening to humanity? ISIS is destroying ancient treasures. The world's opera houses are
producing grotesque contortions of masterworks. I met a teenager at the Y who never heard of George Gershwin.
As humanists, in my opinion, we have to keep humanity's great art treasures alive and safe. If allowed, technology and elitist people will erase the past and manufacture their version of what men and women should be. We get closer to 1984 every day.
P.S. NEWS FLASH: As I write this Yahoo just reported they're taking Alexander Hamilton off the ten- dollar bill.