16th & 17th February, 2004
Click here for details of 3 new
Rod McKuen appearances
Rod's new book "Rusting in
the Rain" now available! Click on the Stanyan House logo to order.
Photograph by Donna Marie
A Thought for Today
Given a chance the spirit will always
SNOWFLAKES MAKE A BLIZZARD?
I’m writing this on American Flight 2445 from Dallas/Ft. Worth to LAX. I
have been in Dallas for the past several days to promote Rusting in the
Rain but more importantly to appear last night at The American Airlines
Museum’s IMAX theatre as part of their “First Class Conversations” series.
This is an ongoing program not open to the public but held for American’s
personnel only. I have had a long standing relationship with AA having
written and performed their first commercial way back in the late 50’s
when they introduced jetliners as passenger carriers.
Alas something strange happened on the way to the theatre. It snowed on
St. Valentines Day in Dallas, a very light snow I thought, because from my
hotel window it looked like powdered sugar had been spread upon the ground
and trees. Still it is winter in Texas as it is everywhere else in North
America and the snow froze to ice. The event was cancelled, well postponed
anyway. Chuck Yeager is the next speaker in the series and it will happen
mid-March. I wish him fair weather. I will probably return during the
I’ll be participating in several upcoming events this month and next that
are open to the public and you will find details on each program at the
end of today’s Flight Plan.
A NEW OLD FRIEND
Dear Rod, I just want to tell you that you have made
a wonderful difference in my life. I purchased a book of your poems around
1970 and they have guided me through the most impressionable moments of my
life and helped me believe in who I was. The book was entitled "Listen to
the Warm". You were the friend that I needed at that time in my life, for
this I will be eternally grateful. Thirty years have gone by and I still
remember your words, which were words to live and love by. Take care of
yourself, Rod McKuen. You are really a great guy. Thanks again, Bob
I really appreciated your note, Bob. Thanks for sharing your journey with
me and being part of mine. 1970 doesn't seem that far back, though I know
it was. I guess the longer I live the gladder I am to still be here.
Listen to the Warm was forty-five books ago (or 75 if you count
collections and songbooks) and the newest one just rolled off the press
last week so you bet it's nice to be alive and still doing what I like
You have no way of knowing how much a letter like yours means to me. I
guess the best I can say is, BACK AT YOU. I hope your trip through life
continues to be adventurous and that I am lucky enough to go on being part
of it. All the best and then some. Warmly, Rod
ADVENTURES WITH ANIMALS
Hi, People ask you such interesting questions and
this one of mine may seem silly but I just have to know; when you fed and
watered the skunk in the trap and it didn't spray you and then the animal
control person came to relocate it--did it spray him? Just wondered---gotta
My oldest son is like you and I could write stories about how he talks to
animals and they don't attack him. Love Dolores
Dear Dolores, Your son is onto something. That’s the secret, talk to
animals as you approach them. Do so in a friendly, non threatening
conversational voice. It works every time. The skunk who tore up the
garden out back for a couple of weeks until I put food in a cage to lure
him into it was just another displaced critter, like so many racoons and
coyote’s before and after him. Displaced and on the hunt for food because
of so much building going on in the hills above our house.
Unfortunately it was a Friday night when he stepped into the cage and that
meant he was a guest at our house for the whole weekend. Animal Control
was unable to come out and relocate him till the following Monday. I had
regular conversations with my back-striped friend – though they were a bit
one sided – when I came out twice a day to feed him and change his water.
Animals of the wild fear man as well they should, you have to let them
know you’re not a threat. As far as I know the man who took Mr. Skunk away
to the Malibu Hills for relocation still only smells of Old Spice. As
A CONCERT VENUE
Hi Rod, Hope all is well with you. I played a Glenn
Yarbrough album today that I haven't played in years. It is Live At The
Troubador. You introduced him. Like I said, It has been years. Funny how
music can just sit there and gather dust ... Not quite true .. I dust.
Anyway. Your albums get a lot of play. The Earth, Sea and Sky...Always
You might look into performing at the Yavapai college. They have had some
great performers including The Limelighters, Anne Murray and Roger
Whittaker. Many more. Anyway, If you would like the contact, let me
know.....I will continue to watch and enjoy your site.....Many thanks for
so many great songs and music thru the years... best to you always, John
Dear John, Thanks for the thoughtful note. My guess is that as long as
folks remember one or the other of us Glenn & I will be associated with
one another. Ditto Anita Kerr. That suits me fine.
Please do send along information of the booking agent for the theatre.
Without a local promoter I'm pretty much in the dark. Thanks again & my
THE SEA ON CD
Hi Rod, Recently I wrote and asked how I might
obtain a copy of The Sea on CD. You suggested I might find it on E-Bay.
Stanyan House also indicated E-Bay might be a good source and that’s where
I found one this week. Thank you for taking time to email me. My Lady has
been desperately wanting "The Sea" for our next intimate encounter. Your
music and words are timeless. Thank you so much. Ree Breeden, Concord, Va.
My pleasure, Ree. The new gang at Stanyan House really take their work
seriously. It's the best team I've ever worked with. Good luck on your
next ‘romantic encounter.’ All my best, Rod
HAMILTON HIGH BENEFIT
Hi Rod, I was wondering if you are going to appear
at this years "That's what friends are 4" Hamilton Music Academy
fundraiser. I received an invitation and want to attend if you will be
there. I used to go to all your Carnegie Hall Concerts but now that I am
living in Los Angeles getting back to NY is hard.
I am a devoted fan and miss your work. I am glad that I found this site.
Take care, Candi Lira
Dear Candi, Welcome to A Safe Place to Land. Yes I will be at Hamilton
High this year. The event takes place on February 28th. For more info see
the listing at the end of today’s Flight Plan. There is a reception
afterwards so please come up and say hello.
Thanks for the interest and I look forward to meeting you at the end of
the month. All the best, Rod
Dear Rod, I’m coming to The Hamilton Academy
appearance this month, I accessed the Hamilton website for ticket ordering
info. I'm pleased the Cargills will be there as well. They've invited me
to hitch a ride with them...so not only do I get to enjoy their company,
but I'll also be spared the expense and hassle of booking flights and
After my return to Las Vegas the next day, I plan to park myself in front
of the TV for the Academy Awards. I LOVED "Lost in Translation" and hope
it garners Oscars in several categories.
I've ordered "Rusting in the Rain" for Ruth, Richard and myself... with
any luck, we will have our copies with us at the Hamilton Academy.
You stated in a recent FP that the STAGE event dates are
March 11, 12 and 13. However, the info in the linked page is
March 12, 13 and 14 (which I assume is correct).
Sorry the Palm Springs event was sold out...had I'd known, I
probably would have bought a ticket. Palm Springs is a
California locale I've yet to explore. Perhaps I'll still get there
Haven't heard anything about the HP concerts lately, but I believe you
mentioned that Arizona would probably be the next stop? Glad Edward is on
the mend. Love, Diane
Dear Diane, Glad you’re coming to Hamilton with two of my favorite people,
Ruth and Richard Cargill. Copies of Rusting in the Rain should be in your
mailbox long before the 28th since they started going out last week. Yep,
I had the dates wrong for S.T.A, G. E. but they have been corrected now.
Palm Springs was a blast. Fourteen hundred people and the money raised for
The Desert AIDS Project came to nearly $700, 000.00, a record for any
single charitable event in The Springs.
I continue to do the Prime of Your Life programs for HP, they are not open
to the public but remain free and restricted to the ‘seasoned’ citizen
areas where I perform. This is easier for all concerned since they don’t
have to travel to public venues. As you know many of our older sisters and
brothers are infirm so I go to them rather than have them come to me.
Inviting the general public often puts so called seniors on display and
that defeats my purpose.
Personal communication, not publicity, is the reason for these shows. If
it seems as though I do more benefits than public concerts, so be it. I
have had, and am having, a very fulfilling life and it is very important
to me to give back.
Lot’s of good movies in the running for Academy honors this year and Lost
in Translation is certainly one of them. Another favorite of mine is The
Triplets of Belleville, it contains far and away the best song nominated
this year. I hope to get the chance to write about some of the great films
I have seen this year before the awards.
This quirky, quaint and totally original French film is also nominated as
Best Animated Feature and in nearly any year but this one should and could
run off with the award but the Finding Nemo steamroller will surely bring
it to ground.
In pre-nominations I even voted for The Triplets of Belleville for Best
Picture and Best Score hoping that a few others, enchanted by the film as
much as I am, might join me and get it past the radar. That it’s up for
two awards is miracle enough. As ever, Rod
THREE UPCOMING APPEARANCES
Here’s a reminder of three upcoming appearances including a book signing
in San Francisco.
Saturday, February 28, 2004
Friends of Musical Theatre invites you to
THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE 4
A Benefit for the Musical Theatre Program at
The Hamilton Academy of Music
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2004 7:30 p.m.
Starring Families and Friends of Hamilton
MARILYNN LOVELL MATZ
WILLIAM THOMAS, JR.
JO ANNE WORLEY
AND OTHER SURPRISES!
FOR TICKETS CALL (310) 943-7950
Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall
Hamilton High School
2955 South Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles
DIRECTED BY PAUL KREPPEL
BEN LANZARONE & MICHAEL ANDREAS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DAVID MICHAELS
JULIE FLEISCHER, ILENE GRAFF & JOAN MESSINGER
VIP SEATS $75
REGULAR SEATS $50
HAMILTON STUDENTS WITH ID $25
INCLUDES DESSERT RECEPTION WITH CAST
Friday, Saturday, Sunday March
12, 13, 14 2004
David Galligan, Jonathan Kanes, Richard Loring, Charles Pollock and
The 20th A N N U A L S. T. A. G. E. BENEFIT
"A PERFECT YEAR, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER"
WITH AN ALL STAR CAST
Jamie Anderson • Paul Ainsley •
David Burnham • Alan
Campbell • Cate Caplin •
Mary Jo Catlett • Carole Cook •
Anthony Crivello • Tyne
Daly • Franc D'Ambrosio •Keith David •
Betty Garrett • Malcolm
Gets • Brian Lane Green • Ellen Greene
• Christian Klikovits •
Suzanna Guzman • Clifton Hall • Bill Hutton
• Leslie Jordan •
William Katt • Dale Kristien • Lucy Lawless
• The Leading Ladies (Teri Bibb, Karen Culliver,Mary
D'Arcy) • Michael Lee • Lee Lessack •
Pat Marshall • Joey
McIntyre • Linda Michele • Sean
McDermott • Rod McKuen •
Ken Page • Valerie
Perri • Valarie Pettiford • Murray Phillips
• Joan Ryan • Mark
Smith • Janis Uhley • Mary Wilson •
Marissa Jaret Winokur
The Stephen S.
Wise Temple Elementary Choir and Vocal Ensemble
Devised & Directed by
3 PERFORMANCES ONLY
Friday MARCH 12 & Saturday March 13, 8:PM
Sunday March 14, 3:00 PM
LUCKMAN FINE ARTS COMPLEX
5151 State University Drive on the campus of Cal State University Los
Tickets: $200, $150, $100, $60, $30
(323) 656-9069 • S.T.A.G.E. Website
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES
AND THE LOS ANGELES FREE CLINIC
Tuesday, March 30th,
THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB
POET, SONGWRITER, AUTHOR
IF I COULD RULE THE WORLD!
Rod McKuen, the Bay Area's world renowned poet
and composer, in an interview with Bruce Bellingham will give us his
rendition of how poetry, music and art could make a better more peaceful
Rod McKuen has recorded over 200 albums, and
his three dozen books of poetry have been published in 11 languages; he
sold 65 million copies and he is today's one of the most widely read
Rod McKuen will autograph his latest book,
“RUSTING IN THE RAIN”
Tuesday, MARCH 30th, 2004
THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA OFFICE
595 Market Street (second and market) outside the Montgomery BART station
RECEPTION: 5:15pm PROGRAM: 6:00-7:00pm,
Tickets: members $6, students $3, $12 non members
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL
415.597.6700 or 1.800.847.7730
Incidentally by chance my seat-mate on the flight home from Dallas was a
well known Rap artist who shall remain nameless. He mentioned that he was
leaving Texas because he is a “wanted man.” I didn’t ask him for what
because I was afraid he might tell me.
Don’t forget to join Ken on Wednesday for This One Does it For Me. Sleep
RM 2/15/04 10:42 PST.
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