What I am watching
A Fantastic Woman
Sure, this movie is propaganda for marriage equality, but Chile could use some legislation to protect the rights of same sex couples, because what this transgendered person goes through when her lover dies is a nightmare. But it is its value as cinema that attracts me, and from the opening shots of one of the worlds most glorious waterfalls to Daniella Vega’s climactic interpretation of the Sposa son disprezzata aria from Geminiano Giacomelli’s opera La Merope, A Fantastic Woman is an emotional and intellectually riveting piece of cinematic art. It is Chile\s candidate for the foreig film Oscar, and it would be crime were the academy to overlook it. Vega’s tour de force performce will soften the hearts of the most intolerant viewers, who should walk away from this film with a broader appreciation for the inter-relationship of humanity and human rights.
Song of the Day
I wrote this song with Lavon Hardison after watching Mick Jagger and Tina Turner perform a cover song on television in the mid eighties. Since I had a friend with some connection to Jagger, I thought I had a chance to get this song to him, as I felt a original duet between him and Tina Turner could be a smash. But alas, it never happened.