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Shirley Horn and Johnny Mandel: Here’s to Life!

By Michael Moriarty
web posted February 18, 2019

Shirley Horn and Johnny Mandel: Here’s to Life!Heaven.

No other word for these two together… particularly in their astounding album, Here’s to Life.

Hurry out and buy it! As soon as you can!! It could change your life!!!

I found it, with the help of my beloved wife, Irene!

She was playing it out of her newest computer discovery, Spotify. That divinely all-encompassing corner of the musical world is for another editorial entirely!

My love in the living room.

Myself in our apartment’s office.

I was lifted slowly, ever so slowly, out of my chair, drawn toward my office door and then?! Unstoppably carried to my chair in the living room.

There we listened,
while I wept
at all the Truth
and Beauty
which I was hearing.

The entire album? In one of the most gorgeous words to be heard in the world: Langsam.

My darling is from the greatest musical capital in the world: Vienna, Austria.

Our love for each other has always been profoundly langsam. There’s never been any hurry about it. It just grows and grows and grows…


That is also what langsam means to me. A slow and eternal paradise.

So it is between Shirley Horn and Johnny Mandel.

Together they have found a new corner of the Universe. In it, the only thing possible is a profoundly delirious Paradise!

More than anything about their collaboration on Here’s to Life, is a godlike Patience.

There is no hurry

That is how certain The Love is.

Shirley Horn and Johnny Mandel? Together?

They both rise
from being mere human beings
and fly,
 yes, quietly soar
into an angelic state
Of course, their entire orchestra flies with them!

That is certainly where they carry Michael Moriarty and Irene Mettler.

As I have already said, “There is no hurry about any of it!”

They are both so certain of the precious secret they are discovering.

No entire album or concert, and equally important, no two musical geniuses have ever so committed themselves to such divinely patient bliss. ESR

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at rainbowfamily2008@yahoo.com. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.




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