Million Dollar Quartet opened Sunday in Chicago, and today the reviews are in.
DH and I started on this journey many years ago and it's been a steep uphill battle every step of the way. There were plenty of times when we questioned our sanity, yet our vision was steadfast and we carried on with push-through and determination.
When I first met DH he was making movies. But he was tired of the low expectation of content and characters that had been gradually seeping into the studio system. The new decision makers were either too young, flat-out ignorant, or both, to care about the output. And he didn't want to conform and make $300 million action pics where dialog is an afterthought and special effect is the star.
I remember well when he first mentioned American Hot Wax, the movie he directed about Alan Freed. We were sitting at the bar at Dan Tana's, our favorite hangout and where we first met. He wanted to make the movie into a Broadway show...
It was 1991.
That's how he is. Everything he dreams up is always way ahead of the pack.
After we got married he still wrote movies, and sold them for good money, but his heart was elsewhere. In 1998 he began compiling material on American pop history. Having been the first to put a soundtrack of radio hits in a movie, Dusty And Sweets McGee, this was not a stretch for him. He grew up in Houston, Texas and the car radio was always on.
In the years that followed, American Pop Anthology was developed. I could write a book about all the characters, investors, con artists, we have served coffee at our house. Instead, I'll just say this: A lesser man would not still be standing. I often liken DH to The Little Red Hen... and I'm now ready for the onslaught :))
He is a genius. Those who know him well agree.
Congratulations, my darling. And on to the next...