The Friday before last, I received a couple of memorable compliments from listeners during my program. First, as I finished one of my selections, a man stood up, raised his arms, and shouted across the room, “You’re awesome!” Not only was I pleased to be told so, but his vocabulary choice made me smile. “Awesome” is not a word I typically hear from my elderly audiences. Like, seriously.
Then there was Sally. She’s nearing 100 years old and slowing down a bit, but she still dances, still sings, still charms and inspires me every time I see her. I wrote about her in a 2013 blog post, “I’m in a Dancing Mood.”
Sally made her way to the piano and greeted me with “Hello, Gorgeous.” I am not. But it certainly felt good to have her say it anyway. And I immediately thought of Barbra Streisand.
As the hoopla over this year’s Academy Awards ceremony dies down, I’m going to stick with a movie theme for this week and consider the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 movie quotes.
In the #1 slot is “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” (from Gone With the Wind). You have to go down through “There’s no place like home” (#23, The Wizard of Oz), “We’ll always have Paris” (#43, Casablanca), “There’s no crying in baseball” (#54, A League of Their Own), all the way to #81 to get to Sally’s bit of flattery for a volunteer pianist:
Classic Funny Girl Barbra. Classic Sally.
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