If you will please allow me, I am going to digress from my regular blogging agenda.
I wanted to pay tribute to Robin Williams.
Like a lot of people, I first met Robin Williams on Happy Days. I grew up watching Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Mork and Mindy. These were my favorite shows of that time. And, yes, I did have the rainbow suspenders.
We always would stay up late if he was going to be on one of the talk shows. We had to he was so hilarious. I remember getting our first VCR and renting his stand up videos. I always enjoyed him in movies, whether they were comedies or dramas. My favorite Robin Williams movies are Patch Adams (1998) and August Rush (2007). His voice can be heard on many animated films. My favorite is Aladdin (1992).
There has been a song going through my head since the moment I heard the news of his death on the radio. It is featured on the soundtrack that I talked about in my first blog: The Big Chill. The song is “The Tracks of my Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. The song came out in 1965. That was five years before I was born. It has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as #50 in its listing of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
These are the lyrics that make me think of Robin Williams:
People say I’m the life of the party
‘Cause I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I’m blue
So take a good look at my face
You’ll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears
Outside I’m masquerading
Inside my hope is fading
Just a clown ooh yeah . . .
My smile is my make up
Robin Williams has provided my family and me with many laughs over the years, and he still will be in years to come. I am sure almost everyone could say the same thing.
“This is Mork from Ork signing off…..”