Summer Nights- Grease

The movie that catapulted John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John to international stardom. Olivia was 29 when she made this film while John was 23 but their characters as Sandy and Danny are high school kids. Olivia was such a sweetheart while John was dashing!

Summer Nights presents two sides of the story:  that of a love struck sweet girl who’s thrilled to tell about her encounter with her summer love and that of a cool high school boy who pretends that his date is just a summer fling.

The movie was released in 1978 yet we could still relate to present times how men and women view a relationship. For a man, a summer love could just be a summer love; one that will end as soon as school begins. For a woman, a summer love could be the beginning of a good romance.

 

 

 

O Fortuna, lyrics

O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
egestatem,
potestatem
dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
obumbrata
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

Translation:

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing
and waning;
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
poverty
and power
it melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.

Fate is against me
in health
and virtue,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me!

Source: Wikipedia

Loving The Lennons (Part 2)

I’m done reading Cynthia Lennon’s book about her life with John Lennon. It was not a feel-good book, actually. It left me depressed and heart-broken. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good well-written book. Let’s just put it this way; Cynthia narrated her story in such a way that people were able to picture out the details that she wanted to express. What’s good about her was her kindness and her strength to carry on with her life inspite of her failed marriage(s).

I am a late bloomer when it comes to Beatlemania. Yes, I’ve heard their music in the past but I’ve never been so interested on their personal life; only now. I’m addicted to anything about John Lennon considering that I was just a toddler when he passed away. I just love their (Beatles) music!

Furthermore, I have so much respect and admiration for Julian Lennon as a person and as a musician. I love his photos when he was a young boy; he reminds me of my son. What I find most admirable on him is his philantrophy. Ever heard of the https://whitefeatherfoundation.com/    ?

Obviously, based on Julian’s story about the white feather symbol (if you haven’t heard of the story, click the link above please), the White Feather Foundation was named in the memory of that experience. Jules has so much love to give just like Cynthia. I know it’s none of my business but I hope that Jules will have children to pass on his talent and good looks.   🙂