Friday, March 27, 2009


We watched "Smile" tonight. If you aren't familiar with this movie, it's a wickedly funny satire of the American beauty pageant.

It was made in 1975 and looks dated, but the human behavior hasn't changed. If you've never seen it before, it's worth renting.

I worked in the student store at UCLA with a girl who had been a contestant in a beauty pageant in Hawaii. She told me that the movie wasn't too far off from reality.

Watching this movie reminded me of events in which a bunch of people who don't know each other gather together (most often these are kids, but it isn't limited to young folk) and one of the most detestable songs I can imagine is played as an icebreaker: Getting to Know You.

Maybe it's because I am anti-social or just think it's a dopey song, but I cringe whenever I hear it. It's at its worst when it is being played as everyone sits or stands there staring at each other. Or, more frequently, when it is a little kids event and the the kids stand there staring at each other while the parents try and do their duty by pushing their kids towards each other even though these parents would never do this themselves.

On to other topics.. in my quest to find high-fidelity recordings of music I like, I end up taking paths all over's music section as one link leads to another and I click on the preview button to hear what the recordings sound like.

Last night I ran across an artist that I thought was pretty interesting and I ordered one of her albums. She's a young Japanese jazz pianist named Hiromi Uehara, who goes simply by her first name.

Here's a YouTube clip of her. Check out that wild hair. Young people from Japan have some crazy hair styles.

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