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 Bergeniao 11/11/2003

A Thought for Today

Given a chance the spirit will always shine.

 

.ASK ROD

DO TWO 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 summer

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 doing best.

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 know.

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 ever, Rod

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 loved it.

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 Bresnen


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 affection, Rod

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 taking taxis.

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
one day.

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
SCOTT BAKULA  ALLYCE BEASLEY  ELAINE BLAKELY  CAROLE COOK MIKE CAMPBELL  WILSON CRUZ  RON DENNIS  CHELSEA FIELD ILENE GRAFF  SAM HARRIS  JAY JOHNSON  JOE JOYCE  PAUL KREPPEL  JANE LANIER  MARILYNN LOVELL MATZ  ROD McKUEN DAVID MICHAELS  DAVID NAUGHTON  STUART PANKIN  VALARIE PETTIFORD  MIKE RAGAN  CHRISTOPHER SHOWERMAN  WILLIAM THOMAS, JR.  MARCIA WALLACE  DAVID WAY  DICK WILLIAMS       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

MUSICAL DIRECTORS
BEN LANZARONE & MICHAEL ANDREAS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DAVID MICHAELS

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
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 Harry Prongue
present

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 BurnhamAlan CampbellCate Caplin • Mary Jo Catlett • Carole CookAnthony CrivelloTyne Daly • Franc D'Ambrosio •Keith DavidBetty GarrettMalcolm GetsBrian Lane Green • Ellen Greene • Christian Klikovits Suzanna Guzman • Clifton Hall • Bill HuttonLeslie Jordan William Katt • Dale Kristien • Lucy LawlessThe Leading Ladies (Teri Bibb, Karen Culliver,Mary D'Arcy)Michael Lee • Lee Lessack • Pat MarshallJoey McIntyreLinda Michele • Sean McDermott • Rod McKuenKen PageValerie Perri • Valarie Pettiford • Murray PhillipsJoan RyanMark Smith • Janis Uhley • Mary WilsonMarissa Jaret Winokur
AND
The Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary Choir and Vocal Ensemble

Devised & Directed by David Galligan
Musical Direction:
Gerald Sternbach

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 Angeles.
Tickets: $200, $150, $100, $60, $30
(323) 656-9069 • S.T.A.G.E. Website www.stagela.com


ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES
AND THE LOS ANGELES FREE CLINIC

 

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB
OF CALIFORNIA
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

PRESENTS

POET, SONGWRITER, AUTHOR
ROD McKUEN
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 world!

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 poets.

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, book signing
Tickets: members $6, students $3, $12 non members

FOR RESERVATIONS CALL
415.597.6700 or 1.800.847.7730
or visit www.commonwealthclub.org

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 warm.

RM 2/15/04 10:42 PST.

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notable birthdays

MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY
PRESIDENT'S DAY (USA)

Henry Adams o Patty Andrews o Hugh Beaumont o Edgar Bergen o Sonny Bono o Van Wyck Brooks o LeVar Burton o Diana Claybon o John Corigliano o Katherine Cornell o Ice-T o William Katt o John McEnroe o Octave Mirbeau o Edward Platt o John Schlesinger o Vera-Ellen o Jimmy Wakely o Gretchen Wyler

TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY

Bess Streeter Aldrich o Marian Anderson o Billie Joe Armstrong o Red Barber o Alan Bates o Jim Brown o Dorothy Canfield Fisher o Brenda Fricker o Joseph Gordon-Levitt o Johan Grobbelaar o Hal Holbrook o Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) o Michael Jordan o Arthur Kennedy o Joseph Gordon-Levitt o Wayne Morris o Huey Newton o Jerry O’Connell o Gene Pitney o Lou Diamond Phillips o Chaim Potok o Denise Richards o Patricia Routledge o Rene Russo o Margaret Truman o Raf Vallone o Bon Vivant o Montgomery Ward o Bryan White

Rod's random thoughts Contracts are the graffiti of grownups.

Love is more a simple movement than a symphony.

In friendship, silence is more important than words.

CIRCLES & SQUARES
for Ben McMillan

When someone’s whistle fades
take up the song. Embrace the tune,
pass it 'round until it's strong enough
to go off on its own.

If someone stumbles in the ring
it does not mean the fight is done,
perhaps it indicates this match
may have to go another round.

Instead of worrying about defeat,
retreat a little then go back.
It does not take magicianship
to get ahead, you only need walk on.

-from "Rusting in the Rain", 2004

 
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