I thought about sharing what I’ve learned in 2010, but in truth my brain feels rather tired. I thought of sharing my secret recipes for the best food on the planet, but I never write anything down. Just a few hints, however: include a dash of dark sesame oil in your homemade hummus, never name anything until it is done, and put garlic in nearly everything.
Here’s a picture of the salmon we enjoyed at our Christmas feast – caught by F. Michael Miller (the famous bass player) and grilled by Gerald Ford (my famous husband) He was as tasty as he looks. The salmon, I mean. I thought of writing about how people you’ve known for a long time, like this man Gerald Ford, can still surprise you. Well, me, to be exact. Who would have known that he would become a helpless addict to the English “Antique Road Show.” He hyperventilates through his nose with a high pitched wheeze the whole time he is watching, as he mutters things like, “Well, I say, what a bloody surprise! Jolly good”, while heroically never moving more than two small muscles in his entire face.
Instead, because of the afore mentioned condition of my brain I will share tidbits of what are surely my best song lyrics ever from my upcoming musical “THE BROTHERS GRIMM: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE.” (Yes, it will be produced in May by GREAT Theatre at the historic Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, and YES, I have a great deal of work to do on it yet, and that is why my brain is tired.) www.greattheatre.org/
Please, let the lyrics inspire you to greater things in 2011.
- Monsters’ Mamá: “ NO, HONEY. YOU ARE MISTAKEN THE CURDS HAVE JUST TURNED SOUR.”
- Cinderella’s Stepsister: “ I AM LOATH TO TRY THE GLASS SLIPPER ON FOR I KNOW I’LL HAVE TO WHITTLE AN APPENDAGE DOWN WHILE MOTHER DEAR SCREAMS IN MY EAR;
- Cinderella’s Stepmom: MAKE IT FIT. CUT MORE HEEL OFF, DEAR.”
- Mean Old King: ”I MUST HAVE YOU FLOGGED AND WHIPPED,THRASHED AND MASHED, SPLAYED AND FLAYED,
LAID IN A GRAVE.
YOU MUST DIE FOR YOUR TREACHERY.”
- Gretel: “I LOVE THE STARS. I LOVE THE MOON.
I LOVE HER CHANGING FACE.
I LOVE THE BROOK.
I LOVE THE FISH SWIMMING IN ENDLESS GRACE,
BUT I KNOW NOTHING MUCH OF ROMANCE.
I CAN SKIP AND RUN BUT CAN’T DANCE.
I’VE BAKED A WITCH AND FREED MY BROTHER,
BUT I AM LONGING FOR ANOTHER.
GRETEL. POOR GRETEL. WHO IS SHE? THAT’S ME.
I’M GRETEL. GIRL GRETEL.
I WANT TO BE A PRINCESS. I WANT TO FALL IN LOVE.”
My brain feels suddenly energized, having lightened my load. Have a blessed 2011!!!