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Loss of Luster

Posted on February 26, 2017 with 0 comments

As many of you know, I get the chance to mingle with many of the movers and shakers in Hollywood whenever I visit Los Angeles for the ASMAC awards ceremonies. It’s such a different atmosphere and discussion of the movie business is always a topic of conversation.  It’s amazing those things that I may notice in a film, no matter what technique, there is always someone that may have noticed the same thing. And even at the ceremonies, no one is selling anything.  It’s just a group of people with the same interests getting together for an evening of good times.  It’s quite refreshing.  As I have gotten older, I have come to imagine what my life would have been like had I stayed on the west coast and dug out my niche. I have told more than one person that, no matter where I am, my heart is with everyone there. It feels like I have lived there all my life.  I do have several friends there that are trying to entice me to relocate but it just seems too ridiculous to even consider at this point.  But, I still try to stay in the “zone” with everyone. This brings me to the Academy Awards of this year and the “In Memoriam” portion of the show.  I get very sad and emotional when I listen to the names of people in Hollywood who have passed on in the last year.  Names that you see many times on the big and little screen and realize that their presence will be missed. Such was the case of this year’s program. Of all the names that were read, the one that stuck in my head was Marni Nixon. If you don’t know that name, you may want to look her up on IMDB.  I have heard this name since I was a teenager and always considered her one of the unsung heroes of Hollywood, and she was.  But our loss of this amazing talent takes away a certain luster that she added to the movies.  She also was used on many pop recordings that needed a high solo voice.  Yes, people get old and retire or fade into obscurity, but she still performed long after the movies didn’t require someone with her skills. I’m very sad for the people who may have never heard her name. There’s a big gap that she left us. As I close this writing, I would like to add something in regard to our past artists.  I was performing the other night, and to draw the younger kids into the music, I decided to play the theme from The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini.  I introduced the song and ask these kids on the dance floor if they had ever heard of Henry Mancini.  There was a lot of shrugging shoulders going on.  I feel sorry for these youngsters.  They probably never will be curious enough to even inquire about him. And that’s what happens to our artists.  Lost in time and present day memory but not to history.  Thank God.