Denise Dances: A Return to Perfect Health - Body, Mind & Spirit!

Friday, April 17, 2009

"The Ballad of Hua Mulan"

The Ballad of Hua Mulan
(Based on the ancient Chinese legend)
Click, click and click-click-click
by the doorway
Mulan leaves
When all at once
The shuttles cease.
A sigh is heard with solemn grief
Oh my daughter
Who is on your mind?
Oh my daughter
Who is in your heart?
I have no one on my mind
I have no one in my heart.
But last night
I read the battle roll.
A roll consisting of twelve scrolls.
The Khan is drafting an army of awe
My father's name on each bead roll
Alas, father has no grown son.
Alas, Mulan has no elder brother.
But I will buy a saddle and a horse
And join the army in place of father.
In the East Market,
She buys a steed.
From the West Market,
She buys a saddle.
In the North Market,
She buys a long whip.
From the South Market,
She buys a bridle.
At dawn,
she bids her family farewell.
At dusk,
she camps by Yellow River.
She no longer hears her parents calling.
Upon her pillow
the waters whisper.
At dusk,
she arrives at Black Mountain.
She no longer hears her parents calling.
But tartar horses wailing from the End Mountain.
She gallops 10,000 miles
for the war she has to honor.
She crosses lofty hills
Like an eagle soaring over.
From northern gusts
Through biting chills
Echoes the watchman's clapper.
With wintry glow of icy hue
Light
Glimmers on her armor.
Generals die in a hundred battles.
Our warrior is back.
How ten years fly.
Upon her return
she is summoned to see
the Emperor.
In the Hall of Light
she receives the highest honor.
She is awarded a promotion to top rank.
The Emperor bestows hundreds of thousands in prizes.
The Khan asks what she desires.
Mulan has no use for a minister's post.
Mulan has no other extravagant want.
I wish to borrow a swift-footed mount
to take me back to my home.
When Father and Mother
hear she is coming,
they watch by the Gate
Bracing each other.
When elder sister
hears she is coming,
she runs to her room
and dabs on rouge powder.
When little brother
hears she is coming,
he whets his knife,
flashing like a light.
And prepares pig and sheep
for dinner.
Oh, let me push open the door
to East Chamber
Oh,let me sit on my bed
in West Recess
So swiftly comes off
the warrior's vesture
and silently,
I put on my old time dress.
Beside the window,
I dress up my hair
In front of a mirror
I rouge my face.
And when I walk out to meet
my compeers
they are perplexed and amazed.
For twelve years,
we fought as comrades in arms.
The Mulan we know
was not a lady of charm.
They say to choose a hare
you pick them up by the ears.
There are telling signs to compare.
In the air,
the male will kick and strike
While females stare with bleary eyes
But, if both are set to the ground
And left to bounce in a flee,
Who will be so wise as to observe
That the hare
is a he or a she?
(From "Mulan," Walt Disney Productions, Special Edition, "Backstage")

REFLECTION

Reflection
(sung by Christina Aguilera)
Look at me
You may think you see
Who I really am
But you'll never know me
Every day
It's as if I play a part
Now I see
If I wear a mask
I can fool the world
But I cannot fool my heart.
Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
I am now
In a world
Where I have to hide my heart
and what I believe in.
But somehow
I will show the world
What's inside my heart
And be loved for who I am.
Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection
Someone I don't know?
Must I pretend that I'm
Someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
There's a heart
That must be free to fly --
That burns with a need
To know the reason why
Why must we all conceal
What we think
How we feel
Must there be
a secret me
I must hide?
I won't pretend that I'm
Someone else for all time.
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
from Walt Disney Pictures
Mulan
Closing Credits
Special Edition

Monday, April 13, 2009

"I'm Charmed!" Film Noir

I know you found the falcon, Danny. What the hell? And you better tell me where it is if yo know what's good for you. No. You can't kill me. I made you. Punch! Nevermind. I'll get it from your brother, one way or the other. BANG! BANG! (Sucker.) * * * "You're not going to believe that, are you, Kid? Some kinda smokin' mirrors trick. It's a picture show." "Paige (groan)....save your Innocent." "Eddie, you have to stop punishing yourself. This is not your fault. Your brother would not want you to live this way, as if you were in some kind of prison. He would want you to grow up, to live your life, to become part of the real world." Sirens "Cops!" "That's it! You give me The Falcon now or I will break her neck." "Don't. It's your only way out." "I'll do it!" "All right. All right. Don't hurt her. I'll give it to you." "This better not be a trick, Kid." "It's not. I shoulda done this a long time ago." (Music over sirens) "Where did you find it?" "Doesn't matter. All that matters is no one else dies because of it. Let her go." "Give it to me. Come on, come on. I gotta go." "You can't! This isn't the way the story's supposed to end." "Trust me. It is." "Give it to me! No, no, no, no, no!" SMASH! * * * "OK. We did it. We did it." "Leo!" "I got him." "Hey. You're in color." "We all are. So, we havin' fun yet?" "Hey, where are we?" "The story's over. You're a hero. Your brother would be very proud of you." "Yeah. Well, whatta I do now?" "You go home. Your parents will be thrilled to see you. They never gave up on you." * * * Legs: You hungry? The Fed: Starving. Legs: I think we should go then. The Fed: Remember our deal, right? Legs: I remember there being talk of a deal. The Fed: So I suppose you'll find time to help me with the Avatars? Legs: I suppose you'll wanna look at the books at Magic School. The Fed: Suppose I'm not thinking about those books right now. Legs: Suppose I hope you're not thinking of those books. The Fed: I wonder if I know what you mean. Legs: I wonder if I...Oh, shut up and kiss me!!!!............... (MUSIC OVER) The End CHARMED "Charmed Noir" Original Airdate: Nov. 14, 2004 Paramount Pictures

ADVENTURELAND: The New Chastity

Hi! I'm back! After a long winter hiatus!! What a beautiful day!!! ADVENTURELAND Thu Apr 09 09 4:10 pm 1 Nianti R 72 1 Ad Mat $5.00 Directed by Greg Mottola, based upon a 1987 amusement park setting, with "gross-out gags" and "dead-on period kitsch," Adventureland is said to be about Mottola's experience at a Long Island theme park in the late 1980s. If I didn't know better, I would say it's a "dead ringer" for the early 1980s, as well as the Coney Island Amusement Park in Brooklyn, New York (now defunct). In the review by Christy Lemire of the Associated Press (where IS the Associated Press??), Mottola wrote the script based on his own experiences while working at an amusement park the summer before he attended college at Columbia U. Whether he did, in fact, write the script while he actually "lived the experiences," or in retrospect, I can't be sure. But he got the dates wrong. As a plug for my own novel / screenplay of my life in the late 1980s in New York City, I will add here that I wrote based on actual experiences while I lived them back then. I mean, I would walk home from "the plant" in midtown Manhattan, up the avenues to East 94th Street, in the spring when it was nice. I would come home and write rapidly of my experiences in my yellow legal sized ruled notepads. Later, while living in Forest Hills, Queens, when I no longer had the social life, I would use the office during the weekends to type the hand-written pages onto WANG word processor floppy diskettes, of which I have the originals (manuscripts, not diskettes -- unfortunately!! Think they would be worth something today??) Yes, I am old enough to have lived back then, in my 20s, although some say I could pass for my 20s today!! :) The movie "reeked" of early 80s kitsch to me, not late 80s. Sorry if I have a photographic memory of that particular time period in my life. I attended college in two former New England milltowns in the early 80s. And so, some of the "kitschy-ist kitsch," reminisced me back to the early 80s of my college years: ...the song "Rock Me, Amadeus," (Willimantic, CT, 1984-86) -- post "Shaboo" ...the "Reagan-omics" of that era (Norwich, CT, 1980-84) ...the suave and "de-bonair" dialogue ...the rock n roll bars with live bands (Copper Keg, Waterford, CT, 1980-84) ..."Don't You Want Me, Baby?" (Village Green, funeral parlor turned disco, rotating silver ball and smoky mirrors et al, raised dance floor -- Norwich, CT, 1980-84)) and "Point of No Return" (Copper Keg changed over to September's, a disco, 1984-80s, 90s...) and I would add: "Get Out of My Dreams -- and into My Car," The Surf Club, Upper East Side, NYC, 1987-90; but this is a different place and time and it is in my novel, "All That Glitters", (Circa 1987-90). Might I add here as well, that throughout this movie -- I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED!!!!....***("orange-u glad??) First, the movie is about True Love and "the first time," as well. Never blase, tacky or "gross-out," either, mind you. The archetypes were there: Virgin / Who is the real whore? The strict values of the Catholic parents were imposed upon the children, as well as the monetary values of the 80s. The parents wanted their kids to graduate college and get jobs at Fortune 500 companies. The kids wanted to smoke reefer and "get laid." But also to make their MARK (I'm sorry) on the world...Even if their epitaph reads: Henry Melville instead of Herman Melville (if you graduated in 1980, you probably read or more likely, shared cheat notes on Moby Dick as it is 700 pages...guess what I did?) But the parents were always watching. A Catholic girl got caught making out with a Jewish guy. The next day, she told him that her parents told her not to date him. He admitted he wasn't good-looking and he was poor. But she loved him. In the final scenes, reminiscent of the movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Audrey Hepburn, during a rainstorm in New York -- I won't say more!! Who is watching you? Denise Denise Dances 2009 Twenty Years Later