Dick Van Dyke: Decades of Entertainment

A few years ago, I told Esquire magazine that the Buddhists boiled it down to the essentials. They said you need three things in life: Something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. The message does not get any clearer.  – Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (a memoir)

 

Friday night, just before seeing the final Harry Potter, I bought myself a hardcover copy of Dick Van Dyke’s memoir called, “My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business”. I first noticed his memoir when I was on my roadtrip in May, but I thought I better not buy it since mostly everything was being put on my credit card already. So I waited until I knew I could afford such things. I didn’t get to start the book on that Friday though, I got home somewhere after one in the morning, therefore needed to get some shut eye. But after reading a bit each night, I just finished it no more than fifteen minutes ago.

Before I start talking about what I thought of Dick’s memoir, I thought I should mention the reason I wanted to buy it in the first place. Basically I know Dick Van Dyke has been an inspiration to a lot of people over the many decades he has spent entertaining. He influenced my parents and grandparents with his classic shows and movies, as well as myself being yet another generation ahead. But with that said, there are still a few other celebrities that withstand the test of time. What really draws me to Dick Van Dyke though is his honesty, humbleness and the values he has always portrayed in his life, as well as his films and shows. Not only that, but he has the best type of comedy in my opinion. The clean, true, beautiful kind that gets a real laugh and creates memories that burn into your life forever.

His memoir is basically what you expect though. You learn about his early life, childhood, teen years, young adulthood and his climb into the show business. He talks about all the shows, movies and mentions a number of the specials he’s appeared in throughout the years, putting an emphasis on those which were most important to him and his career. It also shows that for a man in his mid-eighties, he’s still got it in him, and he’s still a kid at heart and in his soul.

Ultimately from about his life, views and thoughts, it instilled my fondness and respect for him even more. I know that when I have children, I want to share his work with them as well, and let them learn from him as many generations already have.

For anyone who know’s of Dick Van Dyke, I would most definitely suggest reading the book. You really hear a lot of great stories from his life and of the interactions he has had with family, personal problems, other celebrated figures and life in general. But there is a lot of reference to a lot of his work, so if your not familiar with it you may need to brush up a little bit first.

Happy reading to anyone that decides to read it. But for me, its time to start 007: Carte Blanche that I just got tonight.

 

“Hope is life’s essential nutrient, and love is what gives life meaning” – Dick Van Dyke

 

Tyson Trepidations.

Theatre and Music. A Perfect Mix.

Last night while I was in town with my mother to see the last Harry Potter, I went to the book store to kill some time.

I love book stores, if I didn’t have a good head with money, I could probably spend my whole pay cheque there! But I just limited myself to buying one book. I purchased Dick Van Dyke’s memior with a sub title that read, “My Lucky Life In And Out Of Show Business”.

I’m a huge fan of Dick Van Dyke, he was a musical star and created several amazing movies as well as starred in one incredible show entitled after him. To me, he’s a real inspiration for everything I do in life.

I think he’s what got me so interested in musical theatre, and musicals just in general too. Those have to be my favorite genre and every chance I get, I’ll go see one or the other. I especially like the older stuff, movies like Singing in the Rain, Westside Story and Holiday Inn. You really don’t see musicals like they had in those days anymore, especially with the huge musical stars like Dick Van Dyke, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire just to name a few.

Living here though, you don’t really see all too many musical theatre performances put on. But there are some that are locally done, and when they are, I love to see them. They do a pretty awesome job and get everything down perfectly. But if your missing those in your local area, the best advice I can give is to give them a try! Live theatre in general is a wonderful experience that everyone should share at least once.

Now don’t get me wrong neither, there are some pretty good newer musicals as well that appear on my list of favorites. Such movies like, Across the Universe and Moulin Rouge. But with that said, you can’t really compare them to the old stuff because they’re worlds different from each other.

Even though I can be caught singing and dancing all the time, I don’t really ever dream about making it on Broadway or anything, its more a love of watching the professionals work their charm. But when I have my career on the go, visiting Broadway and seeing many performances is definitely on the list of things to do. Although, I am kinda interested in taking tap dance lessons thanks to the wonders of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

Maybe I will.

“Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity” – Helen Schucman

Tyson Trepidations.

Top 10 Inspiring People In My Life

I figured that one of my first few blog posts should be about the inspirations that I have and had in my lifetime so far.

Here they are, my Top 10 Inspiring People:

10. Jim Carrey

I find Jim Carrey to be an awesome comedian and actor and for some reason a lot of the movies he’s starred in really had an impression on me. I think the biggest reason he makes it on my list of top 10 is because of his type of humor. It much resembles the funny bone that I portray in real life as well, which is a crazy and fairly random approach, that can be quite loud and downright out of the world. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise if I adopted a lot of the stuff I do from him and his acting. Among my favorites would have to be his role in the Pet Detective movies, making them among my favorites of all time. But after following him on Twitter and reading what he has to say about life, I think he’s a really nice and upbeat guy as well that makes me able to look up to him and what he does as a professional. Showing that there’s more than just a funny bone in his body after all.

9. Mike Modano

Yes I know, I’m Canadian, so there has to be a hockey player on here! Even though he is an american, he’s pretty good I guess, especially since he’s the all time highest scoring american in the NHL. But that’s not the only reason why he’s on my top 10 list as number 9 (Yes, its suiting since his jersey number was #9 for the part of his career with Dallas). The reason he’s on my list and one of my most respected hockey players is the way that he approaches the game and has been there since the day I took interest in the game. Maybe its because he has 20 seasons in the game and just plays an old game? I’m not actually too sure. With that said, he’s a very talented hockey player with average stature and build that is a really nice guy on and off the ice. He’s the real deal and what the sport is all about.

8. Lee “Apollo” Adama

Even though he’s not a real person, the character of Apollo has to be an inspiration of mine. Coming from my favorite TV show, Battlestar Galactica (Both the new and old versions), he became an inspiration to me with the way he approached life. He was always trustworthy, being there for his family and friends through all tough bends, and the way he does everything he possibly can to save mankind. Sure, we aren’t running from the Toasters, but the characters dynamic still allows me to connect with Apollo. He always continues to battle and fight for survival no matter how many members of his family and friends parish in the events of the show. He’s a guy that I’d like to take a page out of his book, even if he isn’t a real person.

7. Dick Van Dyke

Even though I’m still fairly young, this guy still has quite the lagacy and is still being watched constantly with his collection of classics such as Marry Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He’s a man with pure and raw talent, but still a humble and very down to earth man, which earns him a lot of respect in my books. He often refers to his rise in fame as luck, but he wouldn’t be lucky if he didn’t have natural born talent already inside of him. For those that know me, they would tell you that I’m quite into the classical musicals, and its Dick Van Dyke (along with Gene Kelly) who made me really appreciate the art to them. I may sound old fashioned, but they really don’t make musicals the same anymore, so the only way to authentically see one is to watch the originals, like Dick Van Dyke.

6. Ash Ketchum

I know, I know, another character instead of a real person, but my original childhood Pokemon hero has to appear on this list. The show was my absolute favorite growing up, along with millions of other children of course too. But it really made way for my imagination, created some of the most fun experiences in my childhood and comes up in conversation fairly frequently still. Ash is a very determined guy and will stop at nothing to achieve what he wants and keep the friends he battled with and for no matter what happens. That’s devotion and makes him a great guy for kids to look up to, and an inspiring way to create a great imagination. There’s nothing I would trade for my childhood memories.

5. Bryan F. Peterson

As one of my interests and hobbies being photography, it is certain that my favorite photographer has show up in the mix somewhere. He has some incredible shots and really wonderful work that is purely world class. But he isn’t just making a living off his work, he also teaches and passes on the skills he’s learned throughout his life with classes online and in real life. I was lucky enough to experience one of his classes where he really does give a lot of one-on-one to make you into a better photographer. On top of that, he’s a really funny and charismatic guy that really knows how interact with people to create a environment that’s easy to learn from.

4. Eric Clapton

As mentioned, another passion of mine is the guitar. Eric Clapton is who I started aspiring when I was learning and I took to myself to get to know many of his songs on the guitar and learn to play them. That’s what made me stick with playing was the challenge of learning the music of one of the greatest guitar players of all times and an incredible musician. The first song I really mastered was “Layla” and that was a pretty proud moment of mine, along with learning the song “Tears In Heaven” that he wrote for his four year old son that sadly parished at such an early age. But somehow Eric Clapton found a way to make a beautiful song out of it…

3. Michael Crichton

Not too many celebrity deaths have impacted me, but when Michael Crichton died in 2008, it actually made me quite sad. I have read all of his books and own almost all of them (but plan to own all in the future). He was always my favorite author and provided me with a lot of reads that kept me up very late at night to find out what would happen next. He was a brilliant man and a brilliant writer who knew exactly how to captivate others with his words and teachings. I also look up to him being a guy that has an M.D. from Harvard, since I’m looking to start medical school in the near future. Also the way that he worked with the government in the aspects of climatology and genetic research was a real accomplishment for society.

2. Bon Jovi

My favorite band has to show up as number two. I saw them twice in concert the last couple times they were in Vancouver, have all their records and have been a fan since my early childhood. I think they really write music that can connect with really anybody, holding a lot of meaning lyrics along with a great beat and melody as well, nothing could go wrong. They also have a great influence in my guitar playing as well with great songs to rock out to and solos to figure out. A lot of their songs touch my life and my heart, so many that they have to appear as number 2.

1. My Parents

Everyone on my list is fairly well known all over the world, except these two. My parents are my biggest inspiration, which is much the same for many people out there. They are always someone I can count on and have taught the most important lessons in life, gave my biggest part of my imagination and formed me into the respectable and nice guy that I am today. For that I thank my parents and they always be number one. Amen.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out” – Walter Winchell

Who Are Your Inspirations?

Tyson Trepidations.