Grandototototototototote!

Screen shot 2011-10-04 at 12.37.15 PM  I took German in both High School and college and thus far have only picked up a couple of dozen Spanish words in my lifetime, but the other day I learned pretty amazing word… “Grandote” (very big, huge)…

[Go ahead have your own internal comments.]

To my delight I was informed that by adding an extra “to” in the middle would not only make the word larger, but also literally mean bigger… The longer the word, the more absurdly gigantically and grandiose the meaning.  No limit to how many you can keep adding in there…

What a fabulous word… A brilliant lesson. You can make whatever as big, as impressive, as flashy, as ginormous as you want…

A life parallel perhaps?

Screen shot 2011-10-04 at 12.48.04 PMI know I wrestle and spin several of the same topics and issues over and over… And I’m well aware of how simplistic this realization is… I’ve lived the majority of my life being “realistic”… And as several very successful people have pointed out to as of late… No greatness has ever come from being realistic. You have to dream. You have to believe. You have to see. If you can’t see… If you can’t believe… If you don’t aim… We all know all of this. We’ve heard it from every little league coach, Cub Scout leader, spiritual guru and motivational speaker we’ve crossed paths with.

So, what’s the deal with all these movie posters lining this post? Well, I’ll tell you… You may have a strong reaction to it and that reaction may not be positive… However… Last night after more than two years, I got permission to post a video… A gift that I was given over two years ago (on a birthday)… For over two years my incredible friend wanted me to keep it to myself… To not show anyone… (Other than a few of the posters from it).

Screen shot 2011-10-04 at 12.41.14 PMI know it’s incredibly personalized to me, and has nothing to do with anyone else… But it makes me beam… Beam bright. Believe. Believe. Believe.  See it. See it. See it. And laugh and smile.

I can no longer be concerned with what others may believe… If others think I’m crazy… Conceited. An unrealistic dreamer. More poetic dreamers, crazy impractical inventors and wildly original artists are remembered past their deaths, than thousands upon thousands of realists that behave and simply toe the line.

Whatever the reason my dear friend has for letting me post this video now, once again I thank her for her truly beautiful, inspiring gift. Perhaps it’s because I’m finally starting to truly understand, and believe what she was talking about…

It’s truly beautiful and a great gift to have people rooting for you! To have people pick you up when you get knocked down. To be childlike again with dreams, hopes, enthusiasm…

Screen shot 2011-10-04 at 12.46.54 PM“Shawshank Redemption” has some of the best movie quotes… And the “get busy living” quote is one of my favorites… But here’s what this posting comes down to…

If you had to chose between a diminuto, minúsculo life or a grandote life which would you chose?

And if you chose to live a big life, how many extra “to”s would you put in there. Two? Four? A dozen?

Heck if I put an extra twenty in there and miss by half, that’s still pretty freaking amazing.

“Grandotototototototototototototototototototototototote!”

– Quiche Out

Makes Me Happy

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Jerry Lewis in Cinderfella (1960)

Right up front, I’ll tell you that just as I was finishing up this post the first time (finding images and links I wanted to include inside of it) I mistakenly closed the page and lost all that I had written… But, in the spirit of the post itself, instead of throwing things around my apartment, bitching and grumbling for twenty minutes I’m starting again and looking for the positive… Perhaps in rewriting, I’ll uncover something I initially glossed over…

As 2013 comes to a close, and silence is around me, I cannot help but look back and reflect… ’13 was a year that I began with a very conscious decision to shift towards happiness… I wrote about it a few times along the way, but back in March you can find a post literally titled “Happiness.” (https://tomkiesche.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/happiness/)

In many ways 2013 feels like “my bounce back” year… I booked more commercial work than in 2011 & 2012 combined… I started a new relationship with a great theatrical agency. I signed a contract with a new literary agency. A few friends excused themselves from my life, and a few friends came into my life… It was not a year without challenges, but overall changes were very, very positive.

So, in the same spirit I’ve decided to not only continue what possibly worked last year, but also to turn up the heat and focus… To not only pursue the worth while goal of happiness, but also increase the positive and eliminate the negative… Work on remembering the love, happiness, wins and successes I’ve had, and diminish the power of the heartaches, hardships, losses and failures… To reclaim youthful exuberance, unfaltering belief, and a fearless warrior spirit.

“You’ve got to accentuate the positive
eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative”

I’m already calling 2014 “my payoff year” as I continue to shift my internal compass with the help of books, motivation, quiet, audio programs, gratitude, nutrition, exercise, conversation, positive influences, and hypnotherapy… 2014 has many great very specific things in store, and while I won’t go into details, I already completely believe it.

The picture of Jerry Lewis on the staircase, comes from a 1960 movie called Cinderfella… And his walk down the stairs has always put a smile in my heart… Confidence. Enjoyment. Spontaneity. While I can’t honestly tell you if the story would hold up to this day, the descending the stairs scene always will. Just one of the many things that makes me happy.

Let me ask you… As you close 2013… Are there moments, things, images, scenes, memories from your own life you have put too little importance on, and other things that you have put way too much importance on? Is there a set of figurative stairs in your own life that you wish you could descend with the same sense of style and confidence as Jerry Lewis did? Is there a film clip, poem or motivation speech that revs you up? I have way too many to list here, but I’m always open to learning about more… So please, share your thoughts.

C’mon… Let’s win this thing!

– Quiche Out

Recorded on 26 Dec 2013

bathroom blues

Each year, around Christmas lots of people step up their relationships and get engaged… But let’s be real… More people actually end their relationships before the holidays get too close… So… I present… “Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart.”

Since Tim, who recorded the music track for me, initially mislabeled the mp3, “Bathroom Blues,” I figured, why not BREAK RULES and just flush this sucker out in the bathroom. Mix it up. And if you don’t like it, I got just the place to put your opinion 😉

Song by: Cowboy Jack Clement
Vocals: Tom Kiesche
Piano: Tim Butterworth

– Quiche Out

2 BRAND NEW VIDEOS (Recorded LIVE Last Night)

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singing with Gilmore Rizzo & Bryan Miller LIVE on Christmas’s Eve Eve 2013.

Didn’t know I’d have a new Christmas song to post this year till just this morning… Let alone two!

On Christmas’s Eve Eve I stopped in and joined Bryan Miller and Gilmore Rizzo as they were entertaining folks in Burbank. Thankfully I thought to bring a camera (or two).

Edited and put on line today, hopefully it entertains you and your friends. Have save and fun holidays! Merry Christmas!

– Quiche Out

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– Quiche Out

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“Ghost Army” (Actors, Artists, Costumers, Designers, Engineers…)

51VjGyK1a3L._SS300_I don’t typically review films or plays publicly… But every once in a while I watch one and write a “review” for a reason other than just saying I felt or thought it was good or bad…

First off, let me get the “good” or “bad” label out of the way… I think this was a great watch… And will publicly state that I want to be one of the main actors, and play one of the Americans if this ever gets made into a narrative feature film. And I would also be honored to be at least part of the writing team… There I put that out to the universe.

“The Ghost Army was a United States Army tactical deception unit during World War II imitating earlier British operations, officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. The 1,100-man unit was given a unique mission within the U.S Army: to impersonate other U.S. Army units to deceive the enemy.
-Wikipedia “Ghost Army”

What I loved about this film was the heroics of atypical heroes… People I can completely identify with… Painters, artists, actors, sound engineers, scenic designers, costumers… Inspired, expressive individuals that can’t help but see beauty wherever they go and having a need to capture it in some way. Whether it’s later deemed by others as dark or light… Evil or good… Pretty or ugly…

However, what I loved even more was the seemingly unwritten irony never mentioned in the PBS documentary (or I somehow missed it)… Nazi Germany was being lead by Adolph Hitler, a frustrated “failed” artist, leader of the political party who was sending many artists, musicians, writers, painters and actors to concentration camps, and yet those same “types” of creative people were helping to defeat him using paint, stage craft and creativity.

“Ghost soldiers were encouraged to use their brains and talent to mislead, deceive and befuddle the German Army. Many were recruited from art schools, advertising agencies and other venues that encourage creative thinking. In civilian life, ghost soldiers had been artists, architects, actors, set designers and engineers.”
-Wikipedia “Ghost Army”

Some of the information that was in the film was briefly touched on in past history classes I have taken, but a lot of the information was classified for 40 years… It was inspiring and gave me great pride to see how imaginative and innovative folks bravely pulled together, not only to save American lives, but to ultimately help defeat a horrifically misguided world power…

Because I know some of you are also in creative fields, have resourceful brains, or know people who are in the arts… I wanted to share the movie title with you, so you know to put it on your “watch list.” Had I not, by chance come to the title last night I may have never seen it…

– Quiche Out

Just a few pages…
Actors who died in Nazi concentration camps
Actresses who died in Nazi concentration camps
Artists who died in Nazi concentration camps
Painters who died in Nazi concentration camps