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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment September 11, 1987 On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist Taking time out to find peace helps us grow, meet challenges Baby Grand Late at night/When it's dark and cold/I reach out/For someone to hold/When I'm blue/When I'm lonely/She comes through/She's the only one who can/My baby grand/Is all I need. In my time/I've wandered everywhere/Around this world/She would always be there/Any day, any hour/All it takes/Is the power in my hands/This baby grand's/Been good to me. I've had friends/Oh but they slipped away/And I've had fame/But it doesn't stay/I've made fortunes/Spent them fast enough/As for women/They don't last with just one man/But my baby grand/Will stand by me. They say that no one's gouna/Play this on the radio/They said melancholy blues/were dead and gone/But only songs like these/Played in minor keys/Keep those memories holding on. I've come far/From the life I strayed in/And I've got the scars/From those dives I played in/Now i'm home/And I'm weary/In my bones/Every dreary one night stand/And my baby grand/Is coming home with me, with me/Ever since this gig began/My baby grand's/Been good to me. Recorded by Billy Joel and Ray Charles Written by Billy Joel Copyright (c) 1986 by Joel Songs WHAT CAN YOU DO to pull yourself through life's down times? I thought about this question as I listened to Ray Charles' and Billy Joel's new release "Baby Grand." The song describes their love for the piano and how playing it has helped them handle difficult feelings. "She would always be there, any day, any hour, all it takes is the power in my hands. This baby grand's been good to me." We need to know what helps us manage the feelings caused by painful situations. During these times, any of us might overreact emotionally. Our feelings can get out of balance. We need to know what can restore them to a normal range. Such activity is not an effort to deny our pain and problems but a way to gain perspective on our feelings. Other people use music to achieve emotional balance, either playing an instrument as Joel and Charles do or simply taking time to listen to their favorite records or tapes. Music innately possesses a healing and calming effect, and can help us find the balance we need. Still other people find emotional peace through quiet and prayer. God always is ready to listen to whatever we feel and will strengthen us as we search for emotional balance. Whatever we choose to do, it should be something that we enjoy, something that changes our mental focus and something that brings us back into emotional balance. All of Us will face tough times. When we know ourselves well enough to have a resource to call upon at those Many individuals find that exerting times, we are better prepared to learn and grow themselves physically helps .change their mental from the challenges that we meet. focus, thus provid abak from the emotional Your comments are welcome always. Please burden. Jogggi Wangi swimming and many address: Charlie Martin, 1218 S. Rotherwood Ave., othere!f exercise can be effective in Evansville, Ind. 47714. swit i:away from our problems. Copyright (c) 1987 by NC News Service 'I Would Be Called John' Charles Durning stars as Pope John XXIII in PBS special By HENRY HERX USCC Dept. of Communication NEW YORK (NC) -- As Pope John Paul II journeys in America, the story of a predecessor who ended the tradition of the pope being "prisoner of the Vatican" airs on television. Portraying Angelo Roncalli is Charles Dur- ning in the one-man show, "I Would Be Called John: Pope John XXIII," slated for Wednes- day,. Sept. 16, 8-9:30 p.m. on WNIN-TV 9 (PBS). The program begins in Rome as cardinals from around the world assemble to elect a suc- cessor to Pope Pins XII. Durn- ing, in the role of Cardinal Ron- calli, speaks to an unseen visitor (the viewer), explaining the procedures of a conclave and reflecting on his own life and how, at 77, he has come to be a member of the conclave. After his compromise elec- tion as pope, the program details his various activities, especially ecumenical, that led to the calling of the Second I EWTN to cover pope's visit Over 14 million homes throughout the United States will watch "Papal Visit '87" on the Eternal Word Televi- sion Network (EWTN), ac- cording to Mother Angelica. The official com- mentary of Pope John Paul II's pastoral visit to the U.S. will be available on cable btems which provide EWTN for their subscribers. Home satellite dish owners may tune in to the' live papal visit coverage, Sept. 10-19, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. local time, 'on both Galaxy 1, Transponder 16 and Galaxy 3, Transponder 10. Vatican Council. Learning that he has terminal cancer before the work of the council can be completed, he writes his en- cyclical "Pacem in Terris" to motivate the bishops to move forward with church reforms. It's a great role and Durning plays it well. Possessing something of the portly girth of the late pontiff, all he needs is a little bit of putty for the nose to look the part. But it is not so much the look as the spirit of the churchman that Durning puts across. Pope John was the son of a poor te- nant farmer, and for all of his learning and sophistication he remained practical and down- to-earth, someone who understood and genuinely liked people. Put simply, he was a pope with the common touch so important to making others feel comfortable. THAT SENSE OF humanity in the character is what Durn- ing projects so warmly in his performance and it is one of the reasons that a program about religious faith, moral values and church structures becomes so interesting, even presumably to non-Catholics. The fact that Durning is a Catholic undoubtedly helped give conviction to his portrayal, but the program is based upon a well-constructed, nuanced script, showing knowledge of matters temporal as well as spiritual. Written by Eugene Kennedy, award-winning author and lec- turer on psychology and theology, the script neatly en- compasses the necessary biographical background (Ron- calli had an interesting career in the diplomatic corps), the personality of the man and his accomplishments in the chair of Peter. Sprinkled throughout is evidence of Roncalli's pastoral sense, his belief that most peo- ple are not "great sinners" and that "not failings but discouragement is the sin." Referring to the problems peo- ple have in their lives, he quotes a Jewish adage which says, "Do not try to be more than human ... or less than human." In calling Vatican II, Pope John is pitted in the script against the Curia, the church administrators of the Vatican. His vision of updating the church and bringing it into the contemporary world was not shared by the Curia and the pope put the matter before the bishops of the world at Vatican II. Pope John did not live to see the results of Vatican II and the changes that it initiated. However one feels about those changes -- and the reviews are mixed -- one of the breaks with tradition has brought John Paul II to America and the world. Pc00ra CONTINUI00CA2E CENTER .....  ldray Pope Jolm XXlHin th-e g0-minte, one-man show, "I Would Be Called John: Pope John XXlll," air- ing on WNIN.TV 9 Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. --Photo by Gerard Murroll and courtesy of WNET/Now York and Susskind Company. Attend an information session on Women's External Degree Program Executive Inn 600 Walnut Street Evansville, IN 47708 Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1987 - 7:00 P.M. SPEAKER: Carla Draper For information call: 812-535-5107 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College