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I started out life as a musician trained in bands and orchestras in Sacramento, California public schools and performed with the Sacramento Youth Band, a city-wide marching and concert band that toured the state and the Northern California DeMolay Show and Band, a masonic stage band that toured western Canada. I had my own professional group, The Jazzmen, for which I also fronted and booked. We were good enough to play at the same Class A clubs which headlined the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, both of whom I’ve met. I’ve also covered entertainment in Los Angeles and Hollywood as a writer.
I live for stellar performances. They reaffirm my faith in humanity. They uplift me and move me in more ways than even the passion of romantic love or the spiritual ecstasy of a high mountain dawn. I’ve survived a lot thanks to the folks who produce this stuff and I’ve grown as both an artist and a human being thanks to their creative genius.
This is Sissel (Cecelia) from Kyrkjebo, a small town in Norway, a Scandinavian nation of five million. I recently discovered her by accident and I am absolutely, totally and without reservation enjoying becoming a devout fan of perhaps the finest vocal performer the last of an old century and the first of a new has yet produced.
A clear voiced soprano with a classical background, she has crossed over into gospel and popular with stunning effect. She is also multi-lingual and has recorded in over a dozen languages and dialects. Her looks are as international as her music and when this statuesque entertainer takes the stage, she does so quietly, sincerely and without command. She has also collaborated with a number of the finest performers in music today. And she was also the “voice” in the theme from the most recent version of the epic film, “Titanic.”For a truly unforgettable experience, we give you, then, Sissel.
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Whoever wrote the title to this Hollywood movie obviously never saw it. You’re In The Navy Now is not some comedy romp parody of the service. It is about the crew of a small ship, a submarine chaser, and a secret experimental steam engine the Navy is using them to test.
It is early in WW II, before the Battle of Midway in the Pacific. The ranks of all the armed forces are swelling with former civilians from literally all walks of life, whom the Navy transforms into into sailors with occupations like boatswain’s mate (deck hand), gunner’s mate, engineman, etc.
So this is more a story about good people working together to accomplish the extremely challenging. The acting is superb and the relationship Gary Cooper had with Jane Greer, who plays his wife, is heart-warming.
This film is also notable for introducing actors who would later become stars in their own right. Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, for example, were later to star together in The Dirty Dozen. John McIntire was the lead in Wagon Train after Ward Bond died. Ray Collins was one of the district attorneys on the Perry Mason television show. Jack Webb went on to star in such excellent films as Pete Kelly’s Blues, the DI and the television show for which he is best remembered, Dragnet. Harry Von Zell was the neighbor and foil of George Burns and Gracie Allen on their television show. Eddie Albert we remember from Green Acres. Jack Warden, who actually had been both a sailor and an army paratrooper, became an almost ubiquitous character actors whose extensive credits include From Here To Eternity and Donovan’s Reef (with Lee Marvin) as well as guest appearances on many award winning American television series.
Finally, this film portrays Navy life and shipboard conditions with total accuracy. I served on destroyers, ships several times larger than the submarine chaser in this film. For more on this film, go here. To watch this film, please go here.
High Road To China with Tom Selleck, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston, Wilford Brimley, this search and rescue by bi-plane romp is better than any of the Indiana Jones films I’ve seen.
Coming Out Of The Ice, with John Savage and Willie Nelson, is set in Stalinist USSR and tells the incredible story of an American imprisoned in the Gulag and eventually exiled to Siberia. Vivid and unforgettable.
Meteor, with Sean Connery, Brian Keith, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden is one of the finest films of its genre I have ever seen. Particularly engaging is Keith’s often humorous portrayal of a Soviet rocket scientist. This is a Northstar Five Stars.
Mark Twain Tonight, with Hal Holbrook, is one of the best “one man” shows ever to hit Broadway and presents the American humorist with unimpeachable authenticity. Holbrook spent several years preparing for this while accepting other film and television roles.
Horatio Hornblower. This is a new British television series that is absolutely the best of its genre and yes, even better than the American movie starring Gregory Peck.
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