Meryl Streep's speech at last night's Golden Globe awards. Political commentary aside, I was struck by how she emphasized the value of the actor's job -- the artist's job: "to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like... we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy."
She also said, at the very end, "As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art."
In her most recent blog post, Pamela made the obvious connection that also came to my mind: "Not surprisingly, when I heard that expression our stories, our blogs came to mind. Many originated from broken hearts. Each, I believe, is a form of art — a beautiful expression of the human experience. Story-telling from one person and one generation to another is one of the oldest, most powerful forms of shared communication."
One reason I didn't watch the Golden Globes is that SIL & I went to see "La La Land" together yesterday (neither of our husbands being big fans of movie musicals -- silly boys ;) ). It's an old-fashioned movie musical (dancing among the stars, anyone?) with some very modern twists and a decidedly modern ending. It also stars the wonderful Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. I thought they were fabulous in "Crazy Stupid Love" a few years back, and was delighted to see them teamed up again. Their photos should be in the dictionary alongside the entry for "chemistry." :)
There's a song that Emma Stone sings (filmed live, all in one take!) at a big audition near the end of the movie that ties in nicely with Streep's words -- and with what so many of our blogs are all about:
Here's to the ones
Foolish, as they may seem
Here's to the hearts
Here's to the mess
It's a song about pursuing your dreams.
It's also about the cost of those dreams, the toll that pursuit can take.
We know all about both, don't we? Here's to us, then...!
You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.