Monday, October 12, 2015
a good day.....


They say you shouldn't live in the past-----
well, sometimes the past brings back lovely memories of great times and 'once-in-a-lifetime' experiences, that, in my confined dotage---i.e. (Confined To My Home In My Old Age, that is) makes life with endless Kleenex filled mucous, truly bearable. (I wish Mucous was useful in some way---like for caulking the tub, or building a wall or something....oh well.....it isn't!) 
And I am so very grateful to be surrounded by a lot of my past, all of which gives me joy---the the painting of 'The Cows' by Phyliss Manley, that hangs in my bedroom.  Those ladies are comforting and remind me of some lovely times.




So, today was a wonderful day for re-living lovely past memories.
Here's why.
I discovered a new-to-me channel called GET TV......
They are showing the old CBS Judy Garland TV Series----which was a true gem!

Having seen Ms. Garland "live" many times, back in the day, it was just thrilling to see her on television, once again----On Time Warner Cable here in L.A., GET TV is channel 1283! (Who would have ever thought we would be counting into the thousands on our TV Sets...and back when the Judy Garland show first came on the air---no one ever thought we could or would see her every week singing gloriously in our living rooms.....talk about special memories)




Anyway.....it was just Wonderful! Great songs sung by the greatest performer I've ever seen, 'live' in the Palace Theatre and in other Venues, too, including The Hollywood Bowl.
Amazingly, just yesterday----Sunday-----they showed "A STAR IS BORN" (1954) on Turner Classic Movies....I wrote about Garland and this film a long time ago here on my blog---(which is 10 years old this month)----I wrote about going to see this wonderful film with my dear dear Soul Mate, Sammy, on it's opening day in New York---we sat through two showings---you could do that back then, and I think we would have sat through it a third time if we both didn't have something we had to do that evening....So, seeing Ms. Garland's television show today was a true joy!




Right after that hour GET TV showed a 'special' with Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey---it was just fabulous, too.....these two old pro's reminded me of all of the great great talent that is now long-gone.....


True Broadway and Show Business legends---superb performers of such a high caliber---another terrific hour.....

Then, they showed one of the old Merv Griffin Shows----and two of the guests were Carl Reiner  and Robert Kennedy....!

The time spent with each of the guests was longer than we get now, and it was precious----today, your lucky if a guest on one of the popular daytime and/or night time 'talk' shows gets 5 minutes!!!
Back when we opened on Broadway in "Spoon River", The Today Show gave us a half hour! Can you imagine? A whole half-hour!

I don't know what else GET TV broadcasts, but I think there are more Variety Shows as well as some older films. There are commercials which, I understand, pay the bills, but I cannot watch films that are interrupted by the selling of stuff----Viagra, Reverse Mortgages, Inhalers, etc.....
The Variety shows and the old talk shows----I expect that; but not where films are concerned.....
So.....this was a very good day as far as I'm concerned.
Kleenex and Mucous, be damned!

And you know,
I'm so grateful that I got to live through The Golden Age of Broadway, and the films of the Great Studio days---
It all brings back memories of wonderful times and to be able to see some of it again, though in a different format, well......I'm very grateful for that, too.....

And I'll be watching Judy Garland next Monday night, once again......
I'll let you know if there are other wonderful goodies coming our way when I know about them........


More To Come......
  


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