Monday, March 5, 2007

When I Paint My Masterpiece

Martin Scorsese's documentary on Bob Dylan is incredible. It is just one of Scorsese's masterpieces. He is responsible for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Goodfellas, Casino, The Age of Innocence, Mean Streets, After Hours, Gangs of New York, Falling In Love, The Color of Money, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, The Aviator, Kundun, and other films I can't think of right off the top of my head. Scorsese was a Disc Jockey in High School, and his love for music really stands out in the soundtracks.

If you haven't seen "No Direction Home" yet, I urge you do so. You'll be pleasantly surprised by Scorsese's genius in creating a fascinating documentary. As I walked past the Ziegfeld, I saw a group of enthusiastic perfumes waiting for the ticket office to open. It appears that Shalimar, first in line, was posing for a picture for some tourist. J'Adore was partially hidden behind a public telephone, and next in line was Hiris by Hermes (1999) in the dark blue bottle. Hiris is a tribute to the Iris; a blend of the petals, roots, and rhizomes in a warm sensuous bourbon vanilla base. A refreshing, unusual scent. Olivia Giacobetti, who created Hiris, became a perfumer at age 21, and Hiris just might be her masterpiece.

Giacobetti said: "The perfumes that touch me are often an echo of daily life and nature, an inexhaustible source of inspiration...a passing emotion, a detail, an attitude, so many small bits of life that are at the origin of new desires" Giacobetti says she has taken sand from a beach and bark from a tree sniff later, and admits to stealing a bit of incense from a temple so she would not forget how the moment smelled.

"Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble,
Ancient footprints are everywhere.
You can almost think that you're seein' double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.
Got to hurry on back to my hotel room,
Where I've got me a date with Botticelli's niece.
She promised that she'd be right there with me
When I paint my masterpiece."
--Bob Dylan