Robin Williams

I remember Mick Jagger saying, “we don’t do any new music, we just rework the old stuff.” There is nothing wrong with that if the goal to entertain is met.

Mork was a new thing when I was young, but still a redo of old material. A stranger in a strange land who thought reality was what he saw on TV (unfortunately all too true).

British blues musicians were a perfect example of how something could be redone and it exposed it to the world in a whole new way. The Brits had personal responsibility robbed from them long ago. So theirs is a dismal existence with little prospect of escape. Good fodder for heartfelt blues music. We can thank them for bringing American music to white American children that should have come to them directly.

Robin Williams seemed uninhibited. That was the beauty of his work. The torment he suffered in mental illness, no doubt(fire), contributed to the work he did so boistergolically. So many great talents have these demons and we think we are as blue as can be anticipating the world without them. But the joy and soaring emotions Mr. Williams gave us over the years far outweigh the feeling of loss, if we tally them.

Much of what Williams did can be traced to past performances by other people. But like Bill Gates and Eugene Sukup, marketing is how it became part of our lives. My dad said, if it weren’t for salesmen, a product might as well not exist.

I hope you can take the time to enjoy Dino and Jerry in their introductory performance. Not that the rest of the cast doesn’t measure-up in their own right. There is a lot in this movie that would suggest Robin Williams studied it. But I think silliness is natural-born.

Let’s all be silly… in memory of those who enrich our lives like Robin Williams did.   

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6 responses to “Robin Williams

  1. “The torment he suffered in mental illness, no doubt(fire), contributed to the work he did so boistergolically.”

    I suspect his alleged long-term and heavy use of cocaine also made a contribution to his zany comedy. That stated, when Robin Williams wasn’t being Robin Williams, he was a quite gifted actor. His performances in dramas were always superb.

    • I never noticed cocaine producing zany comedy. Even alcohol, a more destructive drug, mostly makes people deserve pity. Too much credit is given substances.

      On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM, alternativebyfritz wrote:

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      • Then you haven’t been a user or been awake around other users. Besides, I wrote “alleged use.” Now we have the reports that he was depressed because he might have to make a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire (really? is this a serious suggestion? I mean, he supposedly had 6 recently made films in the can) and/or that he was battling early stages of Parkinson’s. The fact is, we don’t know why and liklely never will know for sure. But a week from now, no one will care.

      • Been there, done that. Let’s say the pipe-dream of total control of supply is achieved by the gestapo. Do you think destructive behavior by addictive personalities will cease? Dope is certainly an important trigger, but the underlying causes of stupid behavior are the cause. People will always look for diversions from the (perceived) demons. Dope is handy and a big moneymaker for dealers and law enforcement. So it gets promoted more and requires less effort than chess. Coke probably let Williams expand his zany characters but wasn’t primarily responsible. I found coke to be fun but not worth the hassle. Different stroke for different folks.

        On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 9:02 AM, alternativebyfritz wrote:

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      • I don’t believe I wrote that coke was “primarily responsible” for Williams’ creativity. Besides, it was an allegation likely manufactured, or enhanced, by an erstwhile “journalist.” It was not a fact or truth and I didn’t report it as such. And “stupid behavior” is caused by one’s failure at self-control, or failure to manage one’s inhibitions. Dope can be (note I wrote “can be”) a facilitator in the abandonment of one’s inhibitions, Thus we can obtain “zany” behavior, or “zany” comedy, from an individual who needs the dope assist to overshadow his/her innate control over the individual’s behavior.

  2. Robin Williams was funny and, I believe, was a big fan of Jonathan Winters–the absolute funniest comedian ever! He replaced Winter’s subtly with inaneness!
    Jerry Crew

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