Keeping Score in America: Chapter Nine: Looking Ahead
By Michael Moriarty
My etudes are coming along nicely.
I will soon be sharing an aria or two. The words will, perhaps, be on the screen as the music flows.
Why would this music still be, as I've titled my column, Keeping Score In America?
There's a "Certainty" within me that comes from pure Faith!
This Faith is in a piece of musical theater called The Exile.
I'm collecting my understanding of America into an increasingly operatic vision. All of the Etudes and Songs you can hear on 77gelsomina have a direct relation to this growing understanding of the nation I grew up in, became fairly well-known in and the present direction of which I profoundly object to.
I've actually been objecting since I left the States under the Clinton administration.
The safest yet most honest haven for me now is my imagination. It is from there, simply my imagination and the experiences of my life, that The Exile, an opus of six operas, will be arising.
Will I live long enough to complete six operas, all entitled The Exile? That is entirely up to God.
My critics and philosophic enemies, mostly atheist or agnostic or just plain liars, believe otherwise.
Except, of course, for Radical Islam.
That I have a few, quite remarkable Islamic friends in Canada from cab drivers to brain surgeons?!
That, I trust, will modify Radical Islam's response to me and my opinion of their Communist friends such as Vladimir Putin of neo-Soviet Russia.
Both Putin and the insane regime in Iran are allies of an explosively tyrannical Syria.
You can judge a tyrant by his friends and Putin's increasingly committed love affair with Iran and Syria indicates that he's not only a friend of dictatorship but he himself is a dictator and capable of anything.
Anything at all.
"Anything At All" might prove to be an aria within The Exile.
As you might imagine, the title is quite flexible
So is Putin.
Please read Death of A Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB by Alexander Goldfarb. An acquaintance of mine, apparently a big admirer of Vladimir Putin, thinks the book I am recommending is a bore. Apparently we don't agree about a number of things.
This piece called Favor For A Friend is a definitely major ingredient to The Exile. It is a leitmotif for the villains and their Body Shop in New York City.
The engine sounds spell not only danger but horror as well.
What's a six part opera cycle, between, in total, 16 to 24 hours long, without a little Larry Cohen in it?
Should I be ashamed of my years and films made with Larry Cohen?
The "Literati" think so.
Heroes of the "Literati", James Joyce and Richard Wagner, went into Exile as I did. None of us were an instant success.
Now, in retirement from a relatively successful acting career, I don't have to be paid for either my writing or my music.
It had all been planned this way from the very beginning.
Here's a melody for the lead bass/baritone!
Some regions of it are impossible for a bass/baritone to sing… but… there is much work to do before this particular aria reaches its debut on stage!
The Exile has a divinely blissful yet mysterious ending.
You can hear a bit of it in the second half of this.
My article, during this last segment of my life, will become increasingly shorter but denser.
Why? I have a wonderfully huge adventure before me and God knows how much time I will have left to enjoy it!
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.