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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment November 13, 1987 :3 On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist "Touch of Gray" and how to color our lives Touch of Gray Must be 8etttn8 early/Clocks are running late/Look, my love, the morning skyLooks so hony/Dawn is breaking everywhere/Light a can- e, curse the glare/Draw the curtain, I don't care, because/it's all right. REFR: I will get by I will get by I will get by I will survive. I see you got your fist out/Say your piece and get out/Guess I get the jist of it but/It'sall right/Sorry that you feel that way/The only thing there is to say/Every silver lining got a touch of gray. REPFJT REFRAIN It's a lesson to me/The ABCs we all must face/The child will keep a little grace/l know the rent is in arrears/The dog has not been fed in years/it's even worse than it appears/But it's all right. He can't read at 17/The words he knows are all obscene/But it's all right. REPEAT REFRAIN The shoe is on the hand it fits/There's really nothing much to it/Whistle through your teeth and spit/Because it's all right/O wear a touch of gray/Kind of suits yo u anyway/That was all I had to say/And it's all right. REPEAT REFRAIN Recorded by Grateful Dead Written by Garcia and Hunter Copyright (c) 1087 by Arista Records Inc. It has been a long time coming -- 17 years. That is how long the Grateful Dead waited for their first Top Forty hit. In fact, the "Dead" seem to have risen from their musical grave. Not only is "Touch of Gray" rising in the charts, but they also produced a new album and are touring nation- wide. As the title suggests, the song focuses on "grayness." It seems to symbolize a life full of problems, a life that has lost'all real color and whose attitude seems to be "I will get by. I will survive." However, our lives are meant to be much more than gray, drab existences. We all have ways of putting some vibrant color into our lives. If you seem to be lacking a colorful spark in your life, try some of these ideas: Take on a new challenge. While we need to stay within the bounds of common sense, we can experiment in some area of our lives. Doing so will add a bit of zest and satisfaction. Set a few goals to achieve within six months or less. We get much more enthused about goals that are close at hand than those that are far off. Don't try to change your whole life, but discover how you can affect your life with a new, small achieve- ment. Reach out to others. Volunteer one hour a week to a group that will benefit from your presence. If you have an idea on this, ask a teacher or counselor at your school, or someone at your parish how you might proceed, t Commit yourself to read a book on self- "' improvement. Ask teachers or parish youth leaders for suggestions. a Once a week, plan something that you really enjoy. If this activity costs, be willing to earn and spend the money. Joy does not happen in our lives by magic. We need to take responsibility for put- ting some actions into our lives that build hap- piness. Life need not be dominated by a touch of gray. Many experiences, opportunities and challenges await each person. Leave the gray in the closet and find out how colorful life can be. Your comments are welcome always. Please . address them to Charlie Martin, 1218 S. Rother- wood Ave., Evansville, Ind. 47714.) | i "Hello Again" script is flat-footed, dull By HENRY HERX Byrne). movie as to her hying to resume USCC Dept. of Communication NEW YORK (NC) -- "Hello Again" (Touchstone) reworks the old Enoch Arden situation in which a spouse presumed dead shows up years later to find the other spouse remar- ried. But this time around, the spouse really dies and is then brought back to life by a script that is itself badly in need of resuscitation. Shelley Long plays Lucy, a housewife brought back from the grave a year after she choked to death on an appetizer by the incantations of an eccen- tric sister (Judith Ivey) who dab- bles in the occult. Finding her plastic-surgeon husband (Cor- bin Bernsen) remarried to her best friend (Sela Ward), Lucy eventually finds true love with a handsome doctor (Gabriel Despite a few modest laughs, however, all is not well for viewers in search of a good romantic comedy. Susan Isaacs' script is largely flat-footed in developing a comic dimension to scenes which potentially could have been funny. Even the dialogue tends to be dull. Miss Long, a television come- dienne, is misused here by making her central comical at- tribute that of being an extreme- ly clumsy person, doing things like missing a chair by inches and ending up on the floor. Such physical comedy adds nothing to her role and she achieves little with it. FRANK PERRY directs the proceedings in strangely solemn fashion, giving as much weight to Lucy's housewifely concerns in the first part of the her life in the last part. Perry deals with Lucy's return from the dead, something more properly suited to a horror movie, by treating it as just one more of the movie's premises. When Lucy rematerializes, she has no recollection of being dead and people take her return as, more or less, a scientific curiosity. Even Lucy's supposedly romantic doctor seems more in- terested in her as a case of medical history that can further his career than as a person. The romance is the least convincing aspect of the story. Because the movie contains some sexual innuendo, vulgar situations and coarse language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG. U.S.C.C. Movie Ratings NEW YORK (NC) -- Here is a list of films which the U.S. Catholic Conference Department of Communication has rated on the basis of moral suitability. These are the USCC symbols and their meanings: A-I -- general patronage; A-H -- adults and adolescents; A-III -- adults; A-IV -- adults, with reservations; O -- morally offensive. Adventures in, Babysitting, A-III Amazon Women on the Moon, O Baby Boom, A-II Back to the Beach, A-HI The Big Easy, A-HI Big Shots, A-III The Big Town, O Can't Buy Me Love, A-HI China Girl, O Cro My Heart, O Dark Eyes, A-HI Deadline, A-IV Dirty Dancing, A-HI Fatal Attraction, O Fire and Ice, A-HI The Fourth Protocol, A-HI Full Metal Jacket, A-IV Hamburger Hill, O Harry and the Hendereons, A-II Hello Again, A-HI The Hidden, O Hope and Glory, A-HI House of Games, A-HI In the Mood, O Innerspace, A-II La Bamba, A-II Like Father Like Son, A-II Made in Heaven, A-HI Maid To Order, A-II Matewan, A-III The Monster Squad, A-II No Way Out, A-HI Penitentiary HI, O The Pickup Artist, A-HI A Prayer for the Dyins, A-HI The Princess Bride, A-II The Principal, O River's Edge, O Robocop, 0 The Rosary Murders, A-III The Sicilian, A-IV Someone to Watch Over Me, O Stakeout, A-HI Suspect, A-m Tampopo, A-HI Too Outrageous, O The Wannseo Conference, A-m The Whales of August, A-II The Whistle Blower, A-HI Who's That Girl, A-HI Wish You Were Here, A-HI You Talkin' To Me?, A-HI I Shelley Long stars as Lucy Chadman, a suburban housewife who dies and magically returns from the great beyond in the new mo- tion picture, "Hello Again." --(c)MCMLXXXVII Touchstone Pictures. 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