Sharing two things that recently moved me enough to write about. This UK soul singer (Sam Smith ) has a beautiful tone and plaintive delivery. This is already an oldy from 2015. I don’t mind if this makes me appear metrosexual or too creative amongst my sure-footed football friends. One blessed thing that comes with mature age is a license to say and mean it, “I don’t give a Rat’s ass what anybody thinks about me”. Thank you.

So many Youtube singing sensations have covered this one. The video from Red nose day will stir even the most misanthropic heart out there! Sam Smith, Lay me down, with John Legend:

Next up, Have any of you watched the new BBC1 production, The River on Netflix? Prepare yourself for this one. The material will bring you to the first sentence of a suicide note. Watch this one with a loved one(s) and possibly a licensed therapist at the ready. The two lead actors are beyond brilliant. This is one of those verisimilitude tricks only the Europeans (Brits and Swedes) can play well. Playing a part vs. fully immersed in the role.  You know the difference when you see it, yet so difficult to describe. The ineluctable pull of the ineffable.   The perfect interplay of reality/fantasy. Watch Singing Detective, Truly, Madly, Deeply if you need further proof.  Emotional truth.  Abby Morgan’s screenplay uses show not tell brilliantly.  Look for examples of the show not tell in the first 5 minutes of episode 1.

“The original drama series centers on John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault line is the fragility of his mind — a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax) will play River’s colleague and confidante, Detective Sgt. Jackie “Stevie” Stevenson, with Adeel Akhtar (Utopia) as Detective Sgt. Ira King. Lesley Manville (An Adventure In Space And Time) will play their superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie Read. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) plays a notorious killer who haunts River. Additional cast includes Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown) as Stevie’s mother, Bridie, and Georgina Rich (Sherlock) plays Rosa, a police psychiatrist.

 

River was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin, Abi Morgan and Lucy Richer are executive producers. Chris Carey (Run, Ambassador, Dirk Gently) produces, and Richard Laxton (Burton And Taylor, Him And Her) directs.”1