Grandfather says he has from time to time discussed how his country place is a refuge in this time of troubles and that he continues to enjoy the art of our culture as it was in our heyday. So, what cultural expressions does he enjoy, exactly?
The TV comedians of that age: Jerry Lewis in the early days with Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, George Gobel, Lucy Arnaz, Red Skelton, Robin Williams, Fanny Brice, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Redd Foxx, Jonathan Winters, Victor Borge, Phyllis Diller.
Music, mostly longhair: Five of the great Requiem masses; JS Bach; Motzart; Berlioz; Verde; Brahms. Bach keyboard works, as played with great abandon by Glenn Gould on the piano, and meticulous scholarship by Gustav Leonhardt, Bach’s fifth Brandenberg concerto, Louis Couperon, Wagner Ring Cycle Belioz, Stravinsky. Others escape my aging mind, until I re-discover them as I rummage through my CDs. Same for the movies and TV series: I have CDs of them all.
And old-fashioned movies. For example, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times; Casablanca; Shadowlands; Pretty Woman; Atonement; Toy Story; The Lion King; On Golden Pond; One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest; Five Easy Pieces; The Bridges of Madison County; Sophies Choice; 2001: A Space Odyssey; ET: The Extra Terrestrial; and Driving Miss Daisy.
And well-acted TV series (in my opinion): Gunsmoke, Upstairs Downstairs, All Creatures Great and Small (the original version), Doc Martin, Downton Abbey, Northern Exposure, The Thornbirds, and Lonesome Dove.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is a nonagenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
Original oil painting by: Grandfather’s wife