Hi Diddle Dee Dee – A Theater (& further blogging) Life for me…

Don’t know if you are aware, but in addition to my work here on “i also went…,” I also do occasional side blogging for my pal Sabrina Miller’s site to promote theater in Portland, Portland Stage Reviews. (it’s true, i’m stepping out on this blog to write on another blog on the side — I’m shameless).

I just had another review of mine posted on there, for local storytelling phenomenon, Backfence PDX at their special appearance at Portland Center Stage.

You can read the Backfence PDX review I wrote here.

And here also are some previous reviews I’ve written for Portland Stage Reviews —

So now you know.

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The Meaning Of “i also went…”

If I was to point to the one event in my childhood that started me on the path to my past & current phenomenal existence (being the we all exist within and without phenomena), I would point to one film, viewed in my childhood, and one film alone — the fact that I saw, at the tender age of eight years, the Beatles cartoon musical, Yellow Submarine. And not once, but in the theater four times.

Ok, the telling how this blog got its name “i also went…,”Picture of a bottle of Caol Ila 18 Year - A fine, single malt scotch. involves a number personal self-confessions. So it’s going to take a moment to gather my thoughts. Maybe have a cup of tea to settle myself. It’s so hard dredging up some of this stuff, you know. Perhaps a belt of single malt scotch. Ah. That’s better.

Now where was I?

Ah yes, the title. Of the blog.

Well, to tell you about the title is to tell a bit about how i came to be what I am today: that is, an over-fed, shaved head, leaping gnome (with apologies to Eric Burdon & The Animals). Or rather, an aging progressive leftist techno-hippie phreaque. For the event that picked me up and plunked me down on this rather delightfully meandering path, I would point to my obsession with this psychedelic, phantasmagorical, musical animated masterpiece.

Poster for the film Yellow Submarine.It premiered in the U.S. around Thanksgiving of 1968, and I threw, I’m ashamed to admit, a veritable screaming tantrum to get my father to take me to this after Thanksgiving dinner. This was a duty he was loathe to fulfill and tried to talk me out of it, as dad was more a conservative Republican rat-packer in the Frank-Dean-Sammy school, and hated rock ‘n’ roll, especially the new psychedelic acid rock variety, like it was the harbinger of the end of civilization itself.

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. & Francis Albert Sinatra, the Chairman of the Board.

Dean, Sammy & Frank, the lifestyle my father patterned his life after & the type of entertainment he'd prefer.

But more screaming and tears wore my hapless dad down (I must put flowers on his memorial in remembrance, poor guy), so he relented and took me to a showing in Beverly Hills some time that weekend. Continue reading “The Meaning Of “i also went…”” »