Topic: "Bettah than Etta"(4)
Listening to Etta James sing "At Last" puts the taste of branded whiskey on Frodo's lips. Passersby to his motorcar must look askance as he rocks gently to the sensual interlude he enjoys with this virtual serenade on his radio. It is one of those moments which change his entire mood, and which ease all of his troubles. For something less than four minutes, he feels a feminine caress over his brow, and both body heat and curling smoke rings are recast. Maybe not his favorite recording, but certainly very high on the list.
Last evening, as he considered the fact that soon his entries will carry the designation (5) and beyond, Frodo realized that the words before you, dear reader, are the first not inspired by the rule of Sauron. Watching the replacement enter to the presence of adoring participants at the "Neighbors Ball," he was stirred by the champagne presence of a gowned beauty who caught the magic of Etta James. The rendition of "At Last," dedicated to President Barack Obama by Beyonce, while Obama shuffled alongside the graceful Michelle, will live with Frodo for the rest of his days. It was a stirring audio and visual decoupage which can only be compared to sugar plum fairies and Russian composers. This is an extremely gifted, much less inspired, artist. For that fact, Frodo will excuse her forays into exposed hip-hop and the bump-and-grind of canine behavior.
It is fitting that Frodo begin the post-Sauron adventure with reference to that which is the art of his time. The music we make, dear reader, lets us paint pictures which befit any gallery, and the young lady who surpassed perfection with her performance last evening is a masterpiece.