“EVITA” COMES TO MAUI AND TO “RAINBOW SHOWER,” GREETED BY SUNSET RAINBOW

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Every time I hear the song “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” – it actually makes me cry

And it did so twice during this afternoon’s sixth and final performance of the “Evita” musical at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC).

It was a wonderful show, featuring  Hawai’i’s top-selling female vocalist of all time, Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom, as “Evita” Peron. Blessed with charisma and driven by ambition, Eva Peron was a starlet at 22, the president’s mistress at 24, first lady at 27, and dead at 33.

So to put an end to all this crying over several decades since I first heard this melody, when I came home this evening, I recorded the main theme. No rehearsals. No preparations. Just straight out of the shoot and in C-major on the first take. Less than five minutes from beginning to end. And no tears, either. Just joy.

Here’s that two-minute music clip now as I recorded it on my Clavinova this evening, featuring the orchestral flute as the lead instrument, and the full symphony as background…

And now, here are some photos from today’s performance at the MACC, including the beautiful West Maui Mountains as the backdrop.

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By the way, when Elizabeth, who has been to Argentina and has seen Evita’s pink house, saw this “selfie” I took during the intermission, she said I looked “very Argentinian.”

“Like a gaucho,” I added.

Stories of Argentinians gauchos and the life in the pampas were some of my earliest literature, even before I actually went to school.   They’s obviously made a strong impression on me. For, six-and-a-half decades later, I still remember them.

POST-“EVITA” DOUBLE SUNSET RAINBOW

And then, when I came back home, I was in for another wonderful surprise. While I was talking to Elizabeth on the phone, a gorgeous double rainbow popped up over the eastern horizon. I took this panorama shot without ever interrupting our conversation. 🙂

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It was the first rainbow since I came back home almost a week ago now. And a great blessing after a terrific musical experience.

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OVER 17 YEARS AGO,Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina WAS MY VALENTINE’S DAY 1998 TRUTH IN MEDIA EDITORIAL

Here’s an excerpt:Evita_color

“Who can forget the hauntingly beautiful ‘Don’t cry for me Argentina’ melody from “Evita?” It was a song of a passionate love for one’s country. The patriotic flame burned fiercely in Eva (Duarte) Peron’s heart despite turbulent times and grave illness which snuffed out her life at age 33. It was also a story of an “American Dream” the Argentinean way – a poor girl from the pampas countryside makes good and rises to become Argentina’s First Lady at the age of 27.

But “Evita” is also a love story which only a jolted lover, or an exiled patriot, could understand. It is a tale about things spiritual which can never be replaced by matters material…” (like Madonna, the Material Girl).

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