Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and blogging is my game.
I’m happy to report that I did my first deep breathing and stretching exercises this morning. If you want to be a karaoke artist, you must work on your breath control. You must sing from the diaphragm. Now that the gout in my left elbow (too much salt in my diet) has finally cleared up, I’ll be doing my breathing and stretching exercises every morning until my next performance at Nico’s in Little Italy the first Saturday night in February. When I sing karaoke, I never get winded. I never run out of breath. Not bad for a baby boomer.
Last night I went searching for something to watch on YouTube. I came up with a keeper. I even shut off the radio and put in my ear buds so that I could listen to the sound track of the movie.
When The Endless Summer was released in 1966, I was still in Vietnam. When I rotated back home I was aware of the movie, but I never saw it. Last night (it was around 5 degrees outside, but nice and warm in my apartment), with two pillows under my weary head as I stretched out on the sofa, I watched The Endless Summer for the first time. The film was made for $50,000. It had a box office of $20 million. This is what Wikipedia had to say about The Endless Summer:
The Endless Summer is a seminal 1966 surf movie.
Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate of their native California, cold ocean currents make local beaches inhospitable during the winter. They, with Rodney Sumpter and Nat Young, travel to the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Tahiti and Hawaii in a quest for new surf spots and introduce locals to the sport. Other important surfers of the time, such as Miki Dora, Phil Edwards and Butch Van Artsdalen, also appear.
Its title comes from the idea, expressed at both the beginning and end of the film, that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it endless. The concept of the film was born through the suggestion of a travel agent to Bruce Brown during the planning stages of the film. The travel agent suggested that the flight from Los Angeles to Cape Town, South Africa and back would cost $50 more than a trip circumnavigating the world. After which, Bruce came up with the idea of following the summer season by traveling around the world.
The narrative presentation eases from the stiff and formal documentary of the 1950s and early 1960s to a more casual and fun-loving personal style filled with sly humor. The surf rock soundtrack to the film was provided by The Sandals. The “Theme to the Endless Summer” was written by Gaston Georis and John Blakeley of the Sandals. It has become one of the best known film themes in the surf movie genre.
When the movie was first shown, it encouraged many surfers to go abroad, giving birth to the “surf-and-travel” culture, with prizes for finding “uncrowded surf”, meeting new people and riding the perfect wave. It also introduced the sport, which had become popular outside of Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands in places like California and Australia, to a broader audience. In addition, it set the style for later surf-and-travel movies, including Momentum, (These Are) Better Days, and Thicker Than Water.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
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Today in Pittsburgh there will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high around 20.