Sir Michael Caine recently reads “If . . . .”, and reflects on life:
“The ‘Iliad’ is only great because all life is a battle, the ‘Odyssey’ because all life is a journey, the Book of Job because all life is a riddle.”
— G. K. Chesterton
This is 110% the truth:
I’ve been away from the blog for too long, so I’ll get everything up to speed:
–Belatedly . . . Happy Easter!
–A big congratulations to this year’s Rondo Award winners, announced just this past Sunday night. My book I Cannot, Yet I Must did not win in its category but I honestly did not expect that it would. The competition was stiff indeed, and the winner and runners-up are absolutely deserving. Myself, I’m still just tickled to be a nominee and that I can forever call myself a Rondo-nominated author.
–With Easter recently celebrated and springtime here, it’s time to post some exuberant music. And I can’t imagine anything more exuberant than this thundering, brain-melting, blistering performance by Simple Minds from Newcastle, England in 1982. Enjoy!
And here’s another “If,” recited by Robert Morley and with travelogue footage by Chris Marker. Which makes it a little surreal. But it’s still “If.”
Abbreviated, but still a very nice version by Harvey Keitel with Gustav Holst music. Keitel’s facial expressions are minimalist, and yet they add volumes. What a performance, what an actor.
Ennio Morricone, with Susanna Rigacci: