a week in review
i found my father's moldy college yearbook. every time i opened
the pages my nose would run and my eyes watered. this is not a good thing.
i tore a few dry pages out to save and painted this teabag from one of
the images. the year book brought back memories of my father
studying late at night after he returned from his job of stacking
produce at the downtown los angeles market. he had just started college
when world war II broke out. my father and his family were interned
for four years. when he returned to resume his life. i never understood
why he was always tired and always busy. now i know
that he was trying to better himself to support his family.
i took a charcoal drawing class with kara bullock.
here is what i drew over the weekend.
this is mary nomura.
she was known as the songbird of manzanar. she was 14 when she and her
family were interned into a camp in manzanar, californiana. her singing
brought enjoyment and entertainment to the 10,000 japanese americans
in the camp. mary has loved to sing since she was a child.
to mary, a day without singing is not worth living.
i attended a screening of the documentary, a songbird of
manzanar by cody edison at the la louvre gallery in venice, california.
the filmmaker and mary were present for a moving, inspiring and
uplifting evening in which i saw mary as a spunky, lively, honest, charming
and elegant woman. can you believe she is over 90? she sang two songs,
one of them was embraceable you from the movie. the song is embedded below
for your pleasure. you will get a sense of this lovely woman as she introduces the piece.
thank you for visiting. i enjoy hearing from you.
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