Monday November 11th is Veteran's Day, and I just wanted to pay my heartfelt respects to all who have ever served, like Steven Paul Keitz. Our veterans are not the ones who declare war, but they are the ones who are sent off to it. So let us listen to them always, whether they are still here or not, let us pray for them always, love, respect and remember them always.
And by the way, being a combat veteran can really weaken a person's foundation, making anything they experience in life - major or small - seem overwhelming....and this can be for the rest of their lives. I have been told so by certain veterans, personally. Every case is different and I cannot speak for everyone but please, give them your full attention when they return home and not just right after, but from that point on. They have a heavy load to carry in their heads and in their hearts, and if they were fortunate enough to make it home alive, in many cases, their battles have only just begun.
Our soldiers/veterans have witnessed unspeakable horrors and death during war, no matter what their position was - air or ground. And then when they return home, they often find they've lost friends/fellow soldiers they served with, to suicide and they must find the strength to process that and go on. Many do not even discuss it...ever, they carry it inside, where it grows. It affects them the rest of their lives.
So please join with me in honoring, loving, respecting and remembering all of our veterans. You may also get involved by volunteering at V.A. Hospitals and writing our men and women who are serving and who have served.....from any war! Tomorrow I will watch the movie 'Hair' and also, an episode of Toma called, '50% of Normal'....in honor of Steven.....and all vets.
I know I've posted this first photo before, but it says it all, it's my way of getting to touch our soldiers....with love. God bless you Steven, and all veterans....past, present and future.
This is a lovely song I found just by chance, by a band named Keats! Since the band name is the same as his, and since it has Hollywood in it, I thought it would be a cool & fitting song to share here. So relax and enjoy!
"Look, one day I look in the mirror and say, 'Who am I and where am I going?' The next day I pick up my bags and decide I'm going to come to New York and become an actor, something I'd always wanted to do."
Dave Grusin did an amazing job on the music for The Friends of Eddie Coyle and here is a link to listen to the highlights, which also has scenes from the movie. The uploader didn't make video available for "sharing" on other sites, so follow the link over to Y/T and listen there.
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-KeatsFanKat aka OneMeditator
Note: This is not the same TFOEC music video that I have on an earlier blog post, where the video is all Jackie Brown. This one is different and shows the entire cast. Both are so cool - great editing!
The Emmy awards show aired last night and even though I didn't tune in, I did a search and found a page on their site for Steven. I was happy to find it. I wish they'd add a summary and a photo of him. Maybe they will eventually. The page is for his nomination for the role of Jay Blackman in Seventh Avenue - 1977 (not pictured above).
He was such a stellar actor and deserved so much more in the way of nominations, recognition, and awards. He truly loved the craft of acting and really poured himself into every role. As a result, he is one of a select group who helped make 70s, 80s & 90s television far more thrilling and exciting. That goes for his contributions to theater and movies as well.
In a long ago post of mine, I awarded him an Oscar and an Emmy, for a few of his most noteworthy performances. Of course all of his performances were amazing. I realize awards and award shows don't matter to everyone but I'd still like to see this incredible actor get the credit he so deserves.
There is a free film series which will be screened at a University library, and will include one of Steven's movies Hester Street. The other films to be included in this series are: Lincoln, Malcom X, A Streetcar Named Desire. These will be hosted and are open to the public.
For ore information, please visit the news link below.
The Wrath of Zeus - Archive radio show starring Steven Keats & others. As he would say, Enjoy this! http://archive.org/details/OTRR_Sears_Radio_Theater_Singles (This is not hyper-linked & so you have to highlight/copy/paste into address bar above). :)