Docudharma is …

(10 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

… one of my Favorite Things …

My favorite Valentine’s Day in seasons past was of the “Now Voyager” flavor:

Oh Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon … we have the stars!

I had been thinking about that movie and although at the time I had no lover I was still feeling the desire to celebrate Romance.

I had three male friends who were at odd ends that Valentine’s Day so I invited them over and rented “Now, Voyager.”

Each one ended up bringing me a present … and I also laid out a real Manhattan spread from Balducci’s for them.  I received flowers, chocolates and something else I forget.

I ended up having a very lovely Valentine’s Day and felt I had experienced a salutary amount of Romance!

Yes, it’s the substance that is important — love — but the form can be a blessing as well sometimes.

That was a long time ago and now I am celebrating a more Millennial Valentine’s Day.

Also Year of the Tiger and New Moon, neither event of which I’d have contemplated back then.

I claim all Dharmaniacs as my Valentines!

All you dahlings … mwaaaaaaah!



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  1. … over at Blogdorf Goodman has the most Romantic picture for this day, imo, and as well it is the anniversary of her beauty blog, the first blog of its kind that I discovered around a year ago while surfing the intertrons.

  2. Feeling better I hope.

    • TMC on February 15, 2010 at 03:31

    I’m back in the USA

    My favorite ever all time movie…. Casablanca

    • TMC on February 15, 2010 at 03:38

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  3. “embedding disabled by request” torques my appreciative bestowals, but here’s a theme from one of my favorite “love stories,” which I put in quotes for obvious reasons: Mario was enchanted by Beatrice, enthralled (and freed) by Neruda, and literally mesmerized and “knocked dead” by life.  So, yeah, what a love story.

  4. and even though I attempt to break out of that mold from time to time, such as earlier today, old habits tend to persist.

    So, here is a great version by Dave Brubeck (although Paul Desmond appears to be curiously absent), perhaps of the same vintage as Coltrane.  And is it my imagination, or does Brubeck bear a faint resemblance to Al Franken?

    Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass included “My Favorite Things” as a selection on their only Christmas album…

    And for those who would like to hear the lyrics as well, Al Jarreau does the honors…

  5. among the many great choices. In 1934, at the height of the Great Depression, Ray Noble composed the music and lyrics to the standard, “The Very Thought of You.”  If you’ve ever seen “Tuesdays with Morrie”, the bittersweet connotations of that profound story are inescapable upon hearing this beautiful song.

    First up, the immortal Nat King Cole…

    followed by Johnny Mathis…

    And finally, an instrumental version by one of my favorite arrangers/pianists, Alfonso Guggliucci, originally from Italy, now residing in Germany.  Although the video is spare, his arrangement is suitable for merely closing your eyes in quiet contemplation…


    • TMC on February 15, 2010 at 05:39

    ala Sarah Vaughn

  6. I’ll have to swipe this and put it on my facebook page!  

  7. A Blue valentine?

    The book of love?

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