Art can bring us together on common ground

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Now little Justin Bieber has taken the limelight and Chris Christie has less PR flack. Letterman has hinted at how he hopes Washington “Bridgegate” blows over.

But there’s been no change on the media front, except Jimmy Fallon’s late night show this past Friday night where Fallon Slow Jammed the News with Mitt Romney. I saw this as more than entertainment. It’s art creating common ground. Fallon’s slow jam was rebel rousing for all, but in a very positive way. It showed that common ground can be created through the arts to create good will and cooperation.

I brought up common ground through humor at the LWV debate and talked about my politician’s retreat. I had proposed to Peter Tesei in 2008 that Greenwich should start a politician’s retreat and here’s Jimmy Fallon doing part of what I envisioned.

I have planned an art and theatrical club with additional related facilities available for years. I have talked of stimulating through creative and humorous play for years. I know it can really create positive results that we’ve needed for years. Fallon proved this for all involved in the way I predict my politician’s retreat will. I see common ground through art. I know it will arouse, enlighten and create a need to communicate so as to cooperate and get positive results.

All people like arts and entertainment, so directing then towards a topic that needs to be taken care of, I see nothing but positive results.

Fallon has a way of generating sincerity through his craft and the “Jam with the Mitt Man” was just great. Mitt Man critiqued Obamacare and the ever outstanding drummer “Questlove” Thompson, of the Roots, jammed back that Obama keeps trying. Fallon throws a few barbs Romney’s way and then Mitt rapping out, good one and in the end we’re all Americans and we must end partisanship. I say, plan more with many prominent people.

It was so much more than entertainment. It was humanism. It’s both through art and artistic expression that we can bring sides together for the sake of the nation.

Jim C. Reilly

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