…and what he concept he was. While I had tweeted and instagrammed about Robin Williams' sudden passing, it suddenly occurred to me I had never blogged about it. I usually do not blog about entertainers' deaths and/or any other folks for that manner, (except for two - Whitney Houston and Adam Yauch. Both had made significant contributions, of course, to the global entertainment and arts world, but they also had touched my world.)
Robin Williams is another exception to my usual posts. His death was extremely shocking for me. While I got up, went to work, and came home, I think for a good day or so, I was in disbelief and honestly couldn’t comprehend that he had died. I had grown up with his works, from watching Mork and Mindy as a child on Nick At Nite ('Nanu, Nanu - calling Orson, come in, Orson), Happy Days, to seeing Aladdin, the first movie I saw in a movie theater. Later on, I remember seeing Mrs. Doubtfire on video and Hook, eventually through a video rental. As I got older, Good Will Hunting, to me, really emphasized his role as a serious and not just comedic actor.
Throughout the years, and when my younger sister was alive (rest in peace, Fatimah), I re-lived memories (‘How about we call you Lad or what about Din? Or how about ‘Laddie?’) from the Friend Like Me Disney Sing-Along Songs video and then eventually getting a double DVD version of Aladdin. (Yes, I was one of those people who watched all of the behind the scenes footage from that DVD set. I think that’s my favorite cartoon Disney film. It is humorous and happy - just like the way we all perceived everyone’s favorite friend, Robin Williams.)
I also made new memories when we got the film, Jumanji (creepiest game of all time), saw Patch Adams (another film I saw in the theater - 'Donner! Party of 50!') and I saw some of his other works like Jack, Jakob the Liar, 1 Hour Photo (another creepy and serious role he played) etc… Most recently, I had finally seen Dead Poets’ Society (I had actually seen the very end of that film, though, at least five times….thank you, AMC).
There are a lot of happy and interesting memories from my childhood to today that included watching Williams' films. His range as an actor was incredible but what saddens me is how unhappy he may have been inside - had he always been depressed? Or, did the entertainment industry and its many demands have anything to do with it?)
Perhaps we’ll never know, but he certainly paved the way and/or inspired comedians and non-comedians alike.
As a comedian, you create your own art…and the critiques are almost immediate …someone either laughs or doesn’t. However, it still is art, all the same.
Thanks for making us all laugh, Robin, and being a light in the dark.
I’d like to think he’s out there somewhere in the heavens, laughing, himself.
Finally free of pain, sadness, and mental illness.
Just free to be the Genie he is.
Ya got that, chief?
I heard part of an interview with the band, Imagine Dragons, yesterday. The guys in the interview said that you should not make music because you think it’ll get you famous (as there’s an infinitismal chance of that happening)…you should create music simply because you want to and you love doing it.
I think this can refer to any art out there. What a nice reminder to all artists, including me and my writing. Regardless of what you create, put your passion into it and give it your best. Love what you do - for that is what will keep you going - fortune and fame is a nice but rather fleeting concept.
Do what you love for the right reasons…not the wrong.
fill yourself up with love instead of hate. fill yourself up with art, books, knowledge, experiences. surround yourself with people who have nothing but love to give.
these things are important. they will help you learn how to love. —
this is just beautiful. art and books are keys to the soul, at times.
(Source: h-o-r-n-g-r-y, via ding-ang-bato)
If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. —
Roald Dahl, The Twits (via ding-ang-bato)
what a nice thought —- sometimes the writing in fiction books are the most factual…consider it.
(Source: feellng, via ding-ang-bato)
frOm thE loSt diAry oF kiD syNaPtiK by paolobarzman on Flickr.
creepiest picture of the eiffel tower. ever.
what medium is this?