Sixty Going on Seventy

June 9, 2017
The Magic of Pippin

Last Saturday we watched (The New) Pippin. What a show! I've watched so many Broadway plays but this is probably the best I have ever seen. Magic happens when amazing writers and musicians join their craft to weave a tapestry of live performance. The singing, the melody, the lyrics, the dancing the choreography, the energy level, the acting, the acrobatic stunts, the costumes, the message ... where do you begin? I wouldn't recommend it to kids but (even though I may not completely agree with some of their philosophies) I highly recommend it to everyone else. Just make sure it's a production that goes all out to bring you the best of the best.

We've got magic to do........ Just for you
We've got miracle plays to play
We've got parts to perform.... Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

Those were the lyrics of the opening song and the show certainly fulfilled its promise. From my expectations of a "7" coming in, by intermission time I was already spellbound way past "10." It's been almost a week now and the music still lingers in my head. That's how good it was.

Traveling at the speed of sound, true artistry can stop you in your tracks and force you up a level of consciousness long forgotten. I realize it brought out the artist in me ... the creative side of me. I feel like I plugged into this energy source and now I need to transfer that energy somewhere else. As soon as I finish this email, I am going to pick up a brush and paint something. Maybe that's what art is all about --- soaking in energy and creativity from one form and expressing it into another.

In the physical world scientists talk about transferring energy. I guess this is also true with artistic energy. This weekend, why not absorb art in your favorite form and then "pay it forward" --- release YOUR art to the rest of the world.

TGIF people!

Marriage Cards
Contributed by Naomi of N Hollywood, CA

Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning all you need are two HEARTS and a DIAMOND.

By the end, you wish you had a CLUB and a SPADE.

Sixty Going on Seventy
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

An original parody of Rodger and Hammerstein's "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." This was written by a TGIF subscriber --- Lois McKinney of Whittier, CA
(If you ever copy this material please give Lois proper credit. Thank you!).

I am sixty, going on seventy.
I know that I’m naïve.
People say, “Gee, you look forty-three,”
And willingly I believe.

I am sixty, going on seventy
And I know all the tricks:
Lift up your chin and suck your gut in,
And then I look forty-six.

Totally unprepared am I
To grow old gracefully.
Twiddling my thumbs as years go by
Is not my cup of tea.

Now, if you want to keep looking younger,
I’ll tell you what to do:
Think young thoughts and always spend time with
People much older than you.

– Original lyrics by Lois McKinney.

TGIF Videos

Safest Slingshot
Sent by Tom of Pasadena, CA
WARNING: Not for sensitive ears

I don't know how to describe this video. Some may think it's funny. Some may think anyone who thinks "this is funny" --- is crazy! You be the judge.

Deaf Singer
Sent by Charlie of New Jersey

I didn't think it was possible to sing without knowing how you sounded. Mandy Harvey got me teary eyed when she sang her own composition" "Try."

Global Beer Fridge
Sent by Charlie of New Jersey

So you see this vending machine in the middle of the street and you know there must be something inside. But how do you open it? Watch!

Parting Shot
Thanks to Naomi of North Hollywood, CA

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