Leave it to Daveto give the BEST tribute to his friend of 38 years, Robin Williams last night on The Late Show With David Letterman. Dave gave a lovely personal, sweet yet funny remembrance of the man who made all of the now great comedians shake in their sneakers at The Comedy Store in Hollywood back in the 1970s, when they were all hungry to get a laugh or two.
Dave’s acknowledgement of Robin’s impact on the world–and on him personally is really worth the few minutes for you to watch…
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I’m sure I don’t have to remind you of Letterman’sfirst show back after the horrors of 9/11. He made us all feel a little more united as a country by being the first late night host to return to his TV desk, and successfully talked us through our collective pain. If you have forgotten how emotionally moving Dave’s monologue was that night, I’m going to post it now. David Letterman is also one of a kind.
God Bless Robin Williams and may you finally feel peace, and thank you David Letterman, for being YOU.
The character of Tony Soprano was like an extra member of the family for the better part of a decade. And, by extension, so was James Gandolfini. For the most part, all of what we knew of him, we knew solely through his portrayal of the mob boss. The one main aspect that the two men shared in actuality? The fact that they were both such fiercely devoted family men. It was a trait that shone through Tony by the grace and talent of James, endearing both to the hearts of millions. Despite quality acting roles before and since, that is how we shall remember him.
Last week, we lost James. Earlier this week, we laid him to rest , a piece of ourselves with him. The character of Tony Soprano will live forever but James Gandolfini was, sadly, meant to be ours for much too short a time. He was the quintessential “gentle giant”, dedicated to the separation of his private and public life, yet willing to go above and beyond for those he loved. This was evident by the droves that presented themselves for his funeral. Not only to his fans, but a large amount of the actors/directors that his spirit touched. As his on-screen wife, Edie Falco so sweetly said, “the love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known”.
It is…exceedingly hard to write about those closest to him who now “survive” him: his wife and two young children. That’s when it really hits you that 51 years old was not a full life lived. But James, being James, managed to pack it full of experiences and love that a lot of us can only aspire to.
So, thank you, James Gandolfini. Thank you for your talent, the heart that you put into every performance, and being a light wherever you went. You will certainly be missed.
Jools Holland put together a lovely, yet visually troubling group of performances from his U.K. television show. Paul Weller is shown performing a soulful “Heard It Through the Grapevine” with Amy, and then again during the flawless “Don’t Talk to Strangers“. Such perfect tenderness…
Amy’s physical deterioration over the years is apparent through this string of performances, but her talent always peeked through whatever mess she was drowning in…