One Hundred Years of Weekend Open Thread … and Bumblebee Boogie.


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“… he slipped into the first shadows trying to hide a shame which was in the public domain and which everyone commented upon on the street, it gave birth to an anonymous song which the whole country knew except him, even the parrots sang it in the courtyards …

“wild parrots learned it from tame parrots, budgies and mockingbirds learned it from them and they carried it off in flocks beyond his measureless realm of gloom, and in all the skies of the nation one could hear at dusk that unanimous voice of fleeting multitudes who sang …

“an endless song to which everybody even the parrots added verses to mock the security services of the state who tried to capture it, military patrols in full battle dress broke down courtyard doors and shot down the subversive parrots on their perches, they threw whole bushels of parakeets alive to the dogs, a state of siege was declared in an attempt to extirpate the enemy song so that no one would discover what everybody knew…..”

That passage, from Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-Prize-winning Colombian magical realist who died yesterday, describes a dictator’s futile attempts to suppress a song that criticized and lampooned him.  I always found that passage inspiring to me as a blogger (or venomous ankle-biter) … and it seems to have fallen on me (admin Vern) to put together this weekend’s open thread based on “Gabo” Garcia Marquez quotes, possibly because I named my third son after the novelist.

EVERYONE remembers the celebrated first sentence of his seminal masterpiece Cien Años de Soldad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) – one of the most famous first sentences which I’ll type from memory:

Many years later, as he stood facing the firing squad, Colonel Auerliano Buendía  remembered that distant afternoon when his father took him to look for ice.

Got no time to write a big obituary, too busy on a Huntington Beach piece and an OC Water District piece, and you can find great obits elsewhere… let’s instead enjoy a bunch of wise sayings from the late King of Imagination:

Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.

He who awaits much can expect little.

There is always something left to love.

Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.

It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.

A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart.

All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.

Nothing in this world was more difficult than love.

Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.

A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth

Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning.

Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel.

No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.

Be calm. God awaits you at the door.

Just because someone does not love you as you want, it does not mean that you do not love with all his being.

Humanity, like armies in the field, advances at the speed of the slowest.

The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.

A person doesn’t die when he should but when he can.

The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.

No medicine cures what happiness cannot.

OH.  And here’s another Vern YouTube — this is me playing “Bumblebee Boogie” which 40’s big-band pianist Jack Fina wrote based on material from Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous “Flight of the Bumblebee.”  I used to play the original “Flight of the Bumblebee, arranged by Rachmaninov, and people would always come up to me and say “You should learn Bumblebee Boogie instead.”  I would tell them to go to hell and die, because I do the original piece.  But then I finally checked it out, and decided they were right – Jack Fina’s piece is better than Rimsky-Korsakov … especially after I added a few improvements.  This was one of Liberace’s favorites too…

Oh, and did I mention – I’m doing another concert next Sunday afternoon, April 27, 4-6pm, at the Huntington Beach Central Library – my Amazing Birthday Concert – more details to come! Hope to see you there…


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"Admin" is just editors Vern Nelson, Greg Diamond, or Ryan Cantor sharing something that they mostly didn't write themselves, but think you should see. Before December 2010, "Admin" may have been former blog owner Art Pedroza.