Standing At The Crossroads


Water is wet.

T

he Oscars. The failing Oscars. We don’t watch the, We don’t even watch the Grammys and we have a vested interest in them. Two vested interests in fact. Awards shows are dead.

But.

Will Smith and Chris Rock tried to liven this one up. Insult Jada Pinkett- Smith and Will walked to the stage and slapped Rock. This was big, giant news. Everywhere.

What a bunch of nonsense.

Meanwhile just about everybody missed the bigger and better story of Lady Gaga and Liza Minneli. Liza hasn’t been in public in a decade. She’s in her late 70s and ill. She had a hard time understanding what she was supposed to do.

No matter, Lady Gaga whispered to her “I have your back,” and she did. She was kind. She didn’t speak down to legend. She talked to her like she was a friend. She was great.

I should have known that. Back when I didn’t know much about Gaga and she had a fan group called The Little Monsters. She asked them to pray for Clarence Clemmons who was in the last week of his life. Clemmons was the beloved Big Man saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

The Little Monsters had no idea who he was — just like you — but they said that if Gaga asked for prayers they would pray.

I’ve been fortunate to see her play with Tony Bennett at Jazzfest. I never saw anybody change stage clothes so quickly. Bennett was in his earliest form of forgetting things. She had his back too.

He has dementia. He posts on Facebook from time to time when he has a little clarity. They are sweet posts. He mostly talks about Italian cooking.

Lady Gaga and Liz Minneli should have the big story coming out of the Oscars, not some damn fools acting the part.

Oh, for some reason rapper/actor 50 cent posts on my Facebook thread. I don’t know why. I think Facebook is helping me out.

Anyway, he said the next year’s main presenter would be Mike Tyson. Slap him and see what happens.

Or, not.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

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