Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: This Face of Mine

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is Willie Nelson singing “This Face of Mine”.

We live in a culture that praises youth and beauty and puts them on display for all the world to love.  Some fight age, even though we all age. For some reason, they want to mask the beauty that experience brings to the face. The wrinkles that were earned from hard worn experience.

Two of my heroes are Willie Nelson and Tony Bennett. They have been such a constant through the years. They get up, walk out on the stage and give their audiences everything they’ve got. And what faces. Then there’s the face of Georgia O’Keefe. What an amazing face she had. Especially as she put on years. It was like the landscape of the New Mexico she came to love. These are faces that have lived lives. Faces that have taken on the good and the bad and come out on the other side.

I look into the mirror every morning not to admire the face staring back at me. But to say, “Hello, Old Friend. We’ve gone through a lot together. I don’t know another face that would have stuck it out with me for so long. Thanks for sticking with me.” One thing’s for sure. There’s no improving on it. It’s the feller God gave me. So I am sticking with it.

Someone once said, “Beauty only goes skin deep.” But I would tell that fellow that there is beauty, and then there is beauty. There is a beauty in the desert and there is a beauty in the wild places and there is a beauty in a face that has stuck with me for all these years. Thanks, Face.

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Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Aquarium

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight is Camille Saint-Saens “Aquarium” from “Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)” and it is performed by Marian Lapsansky, Peter Toperczer, Ondrej Lenárd & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra:

This is one of the most magical pieces ever written. I listen to this piece and all sorts of wonder comes to my mind. Flowers dancing. Fish swimming. Waterfalls. Santa’s workshop. Snow and Christmas lights. All sorts of beautiful things.

I first became entranced by this piece when I visited the French Pavilion at Disney’s EPCOT. At the Pavilion, they have a ten minute panorama touring France. And this is the musical soundtrack.

Maisie’s Magic

Like every other morning, Maisie woke up early. She went into the kitchen, fed the cats ’cause cats need feeding the first of the day. Then she brewed herself an extra-special brew of coffee. And that’s when it happened every morning. She made magic with her fingers. And before her breakfast too.

She went and pulled out the black wooden bench and she sat at her piano and played, her fingers pressing each key with precision. Later she had to pick up some final fireworks for the Fourth celebration. She had to pick up the dozen picnic baskets. She had to give two of her friends a ride.

That was for others. This time was for her. Her moments with Beethoven and Chopin, Mozart and Ravel. Their magic kept her going throughout the day. Through all the rough and tumble of that day. No matter how bad things were she knew the next morning her friends at the piano waited for her.

haiku for the day: the jukebox

The haiku below was inspired by Ellis Paul. He so expresses my sentiment. 

Darn those are some great songs. Gosh there’s so many songs I would add. Sinatra singing “It was a very good year”. The Righteous Brothers and Dion and Thea Gilmore and Beethoven doing The Emperor Concerto and Ode to Joy. Maybe some Vivaldi Four Season. Definitely Miles. And definitely this one from Ellis Paul. There would be a lot of choices. I know it would be a grave I could be proud of.

the jukebox running
’round my head, all the songs
those beautiful songs.

haiku for the day: piano

Each of us has our favorite musical instrument. For me, it’s the guitar. It covers so many genres of music. After the guitar, there’s nothing like a master on the keyboard running through Chopin, Beethoven or Mozart. And of course, I do love the violin. Especially in the hands of a Joshua Bell or an Izhak Perlman. Each instrument sings in its own special way. And together, wow.

fingers on the keys
of a piano moving
to Beethoven’s dance.