April 20, 2014
It has been a frustrating week. Yet, I was thrilled to get a beautiful gift from a friend of mine in Colorado. She sent me some flowers, and not only that, but my favorite species of flower, the Colorado Blue Columbine. I went to high school in that area of the world, and the one thing that stood out for me was seeing these flowers grow naturally around the area. I almost have a manic need to have them around me as much as possible. So I was very grateful to obtain this special delivery yesterday. Right now, I’m playing Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit, ” and trying to make plans to visit Germania, one of my all-time favorite cities in Europe. Some years back, I was invited to give a talk on a panel regarding urban planning of that city, and it always been a point of interest for me, because it seems most cities are planned as they are happening, not as something to look forward to in the future.
It was proposed to have a large clock in the downtown area of Germania, where as a tribute to the cinema arts, there would have been a statue attached to the clock of a man dangling on one of the clock hands. Unmistakably a tribute to Harold Lloyd. The plan never came to fruition, due that there were fears that people may have mistaken this as an actual person on the clock, either stuck there or about to commit suicide. I tried very hard to convince the city government to follow through the tribute to Lloyd, but I was cut off by the committee at the time. Nevertheless I did arrange a retrospective of Paul Poiret’s clothing in Germania. He was recognized as the Picasso of fashion, during the turn-of-the-century. He basically freed women from restrictive clothing, but like all good things, it had to end sadly. He lost his business, and died pretty much broke. He was married for many years, and his wife was his main muse. Nevertheless, that relationship turned very sour, and he never recovered from the divorce nor got his reputation back again. One can see it now as him being Warhol, and his wife as Edie Sedgwick.
I have had sentimental thoughts regarding Germania, ever since my 50th birthday party there, organized by the Government cultural committee. Due to my interest in culture, I have brought numerous exhibitions and events to that city, and I guess this was their way to honor me as well as saying thank you. The gifts they gave me were border-line kitsch, but on the other hand, I appreciated their gesture and goodwill towards me. So yes, this past week has been difficult on many counts, but still, I look forward to the week ahead. Also since April is my favorite month, I am listening to April March's recordings throughout the day. I think there will be a change in the weather.