|ART AND ENTERTAINMENT BY MDL
STARS AND CELEBRITIES OF THE MONTH: ILIL ARBEL, ALISON ENGLAND, ERIKA
LUCKETT, PAULETTE ATTIE,
LIESL MULLER, NATALIE DESSAY, ROBERTO ALAGNA, ANN PLAGIANOS, NINA
Photo: The great
Imagine a world
without music!? A sky without stars?! Empty stages and silent orchestras?!
Imagine our lives without cherished memories, some permissible escapades
and days without nights...and nights without the sparkling voices of
bursting talents and captivating divas!? This could and would be the end
of our world, the apocalypse of the mind and the soul. Fortunately, our
world is filled with beauty, tender whispers, innocent creative madness,
flashes of hope and delightfully beautiful musical virtuosity bursting
from within the heart and soul of Alison England, Erika Luckett, Anne
Paglianos, Paulette Attie, Anna Bergman,
the sweet, tender, wise and loving words and phrases of Ilil
Arbel, and perhaps the eternal sacred whispers and exploding
laughters of Melina Mercouri?!
Photo: Alison England, broadcasting
Imagine a world without the poetry
of Lamartine and Victor Hugo, a world without the
screaming of the bleeding souls of Goya, a world without
Brahms, Chopin and Ravel...a world without children playing with
their dolls, cars and torturing their toys...a world without the
smiles and the faces of people we love...a world without books by
Tolstoy, Ilil Arbel, Voltaire, Proust and Chateaubriand...Everyday,
every single dawn and sunset that enters my life invites me to thank
the daring maker of our universe. For I know, every new day in our
lives will bring new hopes, new possibilities, new opportunities and
an ultimate reason for creating, writing, composing, singing and
spreading warmth and beauty around us. Thanks to THE music and THE
beautiful voices of artists, entertainers, even crazy and silly
comedians, our world shines brighter and warmer. Our guests and
international artists of the month gave me this ultimate reason for
Photo and caption by Suzanne
Freeman: Paulette Attie
runs the scales on a piano while students at P.S. 1 in New York
City loosen up their vocal chords.
PAULETTE ATTIE: A
TRANSCENDENTAL LEGEND FOR ALL TIME
made both the Jewish and International lists of the 100 most unusual
and outstanding women of the year. In just one single month, 7
magazines and newspapers in the United States and Europe wrote
glowing articles about this legendary artist. And three times, her
photo crowned their front page and covers! People use to say,
legends are made not created. It is true to a certain degree. The
ultimate truth is this: Legends are nor made, nor created. They are
legends! They escape us. They are beyond our intellectual and
emotional measurements. They transcend time and space. And since
when, time and space are or were created? They were before us and
will remain long time after we are gone. And this is WHY we call the
best of us "LEGENDS". When a legend is born like Paulette Attie, we
do not take note. When a legend like Paulette Attie enters the SCALA
of our lives, the shadows and the lights of all understanding and
confusion, the sublime and the absurd intellectualism, the beauty
and the provocative, the time and space mingle, unite, begin to
disturb us and confuse the hell out of us. We do not fully
understand the magnitude of their talents and immense impact on us.
We smile, we laugh, we admire them, we applaud them, we gossip about
them, sometime we hate them and envy them...but almost all the time
we call them "LEGENDS". If they have passed away, they become
"LEGENDS". If they are still around, we call them "LIVING LEGENDS".
And I have problem with this. Why LIVING legends? Why not simply
LEGENDs, since we did agree that they escape time, space and the
mind of those who naively taught us that we are bound by time and
space. PAULETTE ATTIE is this sort of legend: TRANSCENDENTAL!
(left to right) Peter Howard, John Wallowitch, Rod Derefinko,
Frances "Frankie" Gershwin, Paulette Attie, Chuck Prentiss, Bertram
Freeman wrote: September 11 — Before Paulette
Attie wrote her song, "United Are We," she wrote a poem about
September 11, 2001. "It was my immediate response to what was going
on in the world," Paulette said. "That took care of me while I was
watching all the horror on TV and could see all the courageous
deeds. Then, I said to myself, I need to write something that will
be meaningful for everybody. That's where the song came from." When
the award-winning songwriter and performer made her work public, she
began to receive standing ovations, followed by some good
suggestions. "When I started singing it to people who are
knowledgeable in the music business, they said, 'Paulette, this
sounds like a wonderful children's song.' It sort of put a little
bee in my bonnet," she told Scholastic News Online. Her search for
young voices led her to P.S. 1, a 107-year-old elementary school in
the shadow of the World Trade Center. It was the closest school to
Ground Zero that was still open for business. The 650 students of
P.S. 1 have rehearsed and performed the piece several times over the
last year. They were featured on New York 1, a local cable-news
program in New York City, and will soon be the stars of their own
music video. But on September 11, 2002, they staged their own
tribute to the victims of 9/11. No media cameras were allowed on
school grounds. The short ceremony, which included a tree planting
and the reading of a poem, was for the students, their parents, and
teachers only. "It was fabulous," said principal Maguerite Straus.
"The kids were happy to be a part of it. They knew it was very
special." The entire school met in the outdoor yard, which is where
they were when the first plane hit one year ago. "It was primary
day, and our school was being used for voting," Maguerite said. "We
were ready to start the day with the Pledge of Allegiance when the
first plane hit."
We" Lyrics by Paulette Attie
Right here's the place to be, the time for you
Enjoy sweet harmony because united are we.
Our heroes heard the call, saw their brothers fall,
Still they gave their all, that's united are we.
Don't need to be a king, don't need a diamond
We've got everything because united are we.
And through the nation wide,
we share the New York pride,
We stand side by side, because united are we.
The reason is simple, it's easy as can be,
When we love one another, united are we.
If I'm a part of you, then you're a part of me,
When we give to each other, we're happy and free.
Don't need remote control, high-techie rigmarole,
Switch on and see the whole, united are we.
And when we're upped and downed, on a merry-go-round,
We can still rebound, turn it around,
We're not lost; we're found because united are we,
Let the words resound: United Are We.
United are we, united are we,
The design is grand, that's the way it was planned,
Let's give ourselves a hand,
Because united are, united are, united are WE!
ART CELEBRITIES JOURNAL called her "The Immortal". LA FEMME
MAGAZINE's Louise de Chambertin wrote: "She is Glorious!".
ART AND STYLE MAGAZINE saw in Attie "One of the greatest
American singers-entertainers of our time".
Paulette Attie made her singing debut in a talent show at
age 3 (and refused to get off the stage). Since then,
she has performed in over 1,000 concerts
from Carnegie Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln
Center Outdoors, and the Hollywood Bowl, venues in Japan,
Mexico, and Canada, to over thirty cabarets. Paulette
graduated Phi Beta Kappa and number 1 in her class from UCLA
and was a showgirl in Las Vegas one week later. Paulette
was selected California’s Sportswoman of the Year, for which
she made numerous TV appearances. TV roles followed on
Love of Life, One Life to Live, All My Children, Mercy or
Murder, General Hospital, Sesame Street, and the French
nightclub singer in the TV movie The Yanks Are Coming
(Silver Globe Award). She produced and performed in a
series of yearly concerts at New York's Lamb’s Theatre and
was the inaugural performer at the New York and Riverbank
State Parks. Album: Paulette Performs Puccini to Porter. Off-Broadway
shows saw Paulette as Lady Capulet in Sensations,
Dorothy Parker in Dorothy Parker: A Montage, the Lady
in The Lady Of Larkspur Lotion, and playing herself
in her one woman show, About Time, including songs
and poems which she wrote. She has played the leading roles
in the musicals Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Can-Can,
and Sensations, the operas and operettas The
Bald Soprano, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Merry Widow,
and La Vie Parisienne, and the plays Who’s
Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Red Peppers, You Know I Can’t Hear
You...., and The Perfect Party. She is the only
American to have appeared with Le Theatre de France, where
she was directed by and performed with Jean Louis Barrault
at New York City Center and toured with the company in the
U.S. and Canada. She played the voice of the French cat to
Mel Blanc's skunk in the cartoon, Pepe le Pew.
Paulette Attie's Musical Playbill, 2 years on WNYC AM and FM
had distinguished songwriters joining Paulette in song. In
1979, Paulette founded the National Musical Theater. She
conceived of and wrote Encore, produced by NMT, with
Columbia Artists presenting the national tour. She’s the
recipient of 5 consecutive ASCAP Plus Songwriter Awards 2000
– 2004 and the National Poetry Award, 1998. Paulette became
the first woman performer elected into the Friars Club in
1988. She was the singer for Israel’s 50th Anniversary in
Washington D.C. With numerous articles about show business
to her credit, Paulette just completed writing her first
book, The Seven Keys to Live a Masterful Life.
And today, THE
JEWISH POST adds: Imagine a world without Paulette Attie. It
would look like a prairie without wild flowers, and a dark sky
without a rainbow. Attie is one of the "ESSENTIALS".