Well friends, let me tell you, John Williams at the bowl last night was the best concert I’ve been to in a long time. We saw an olympic suite set to footage from olympic games recent and in the distant past. Violinist Gil Shaham brought the house down with a suite from Schindler’s List as well as a suite from Williams’ oscar-winning arrangements of Fiddler on the Roof. A huge chorus from Cal State Fullerton accompanied Williams in a suite from Amistad, which I’ve never seen performed live, not to mention Duel of the Fates from Star Wars Episode 1, which, regardless of how you feel about the prequels, is an epic piece of music. But none of this held a candle to the end of the show when, in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, Williams conducted the entire last reel of E.T. live to picture with dialogue and sound effects tracks. There aren’t may ways to make me sob, but that sure is one of them. All in all an outstanding evening with many good friends. And of course, pound cake.
So after an outstanding evening with friends I got up late this morning and walked myself down to the farmers’ market in Hollywood, which, shockingly I had never been to. I was totally unprepared for the onslaught of fresh produce and vendor food, but I did manage to escape with what you see in the photo here. I tell you, nothing excites me more than fresh picked tomatoes. I may have eaten them already… like apples… with salt. Outstanding. But don’t you worry, I have big plans for those strawberries.
Tonight I am enjoying an impromptu cookout in Venice. Hotdogs, hamburgers, salad, potatoes. It doesn’t get any better than this. More on this soon.
Hope everyone is enjoying their labor day weekend!