“Arlyn Phoenix is dynamic, and direct-a compact woman with short, no-nonsense graying hair who exhibits none of the flakiness the family’s history might suggest. On the Phoenix team, she is the center, if not the leader. John is dreamier, less grounded, and his past includes juvenile homes and a drinking problem. His eyes seem hurt and have a slight messianic glitter”
- This description of River’s parents reminded me so much of the different shades of his character. He was a beautiful combination of the both of them 💫
‘’I feel blessed to have been the woman who held him deep within my being as he grew from a tiny seed. […] It was incredible to watch River grow. From the beginning, he was a soul filled with passion and a sense of service for others. At a young age, he took on the responsibility of sharing the wonderful gifts that were given to him. He diligently taught himself guitar at 4, sang on the streets from Venezuela to Westwood, Calif., and wrote music and lyrics, seeking to open hearts in a new way. […] River made such a big impression during his life on Earth. He found his voice and found his place.’’
‘’People think the Popes are like my family, but they aren’t. My parents were never on the run. We moved because we couldn’t pay the rent or something. My parents would sympathise with the Popes, but they are pacifists. My mother would never throw a bomb. It’s just not in her nature. Also, my family is brutally honest with one another. We don’t hide out feelings the way the Popes did. And I don’t think letting go would ever hurt my family. It’s the other way round really. We’ve never had this kind of stable family life before and I’m enjoying it. I like coming home and having members of my family around. And,“ he adds, with an unexpected twinkle in his eyes, "and the food is awfully good."
Ace Attorney Anime OST - Mayoi no omoi (Maya’s Feelings)
Since I just made the whole OST available for download here, I figured I could share my favourite track with you! I bet most of us remember this as “that Narumayo song from the second episode”.
If you ask me, the title is making the song even more Narumayo’ish (if that was even possible?), because the way they wrote “omoi” here (想い, not 思い) is the less “official”/a lot more personal way to write it. It can, for example, be used when talking about/to someone special to you/someone you like. Do I smell a little crush?!
River, Heart Phoenix, Milton Nascimento and Lizzie Bravo, July 7th, 1990.
‘’[…] They wanted to meet Milton, after hearing the beautiful song he had written for River (he saw “The Mosquito Coast” and was very impressed with the young actor’s performance). We communicated via phone and fax to try to find a date that would be suitable for everyone. River was filming, Milton was on a US tour.
It was finally decided it would be in Atlanta. The day of the concert was July 7th,1990, the place was Piedmont Park and the event at the Atlanta Jazz Series.
Heart drove, with River sleeping in the back seat. When they arrived, we met outside the hotel, the Wyndham, on Peachtree Avenue or Street. This photo of the 4 of us is from that moment - River looks definitely sleepy!
When we headed back to the hotel entrance, River asked his mother for some money.
It was a really small amount, something like US$5.00.
She asked him didn’t he want some more and he said that was enough. She asked him didn’t he want some more and he said that was enough.
I thought that was so cute: an internationally acclaimed actor, yet he still acted like a little boy beside his mother!
The last time I saw River was here in Rio de Janeiro, at Milton’s house, around June 1992.
Heart prepared a vegetarian feast and my brother and I were invited.
It was a lovely evening, good food and conversation. River took me by the hand and led me upstairs, where he placed the earphones of his Walkman on my ears and played a new song of his for me to listen and give my opinion. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the song's name. I was flattered that he wanted to show me the song and hear my opinion.
What I remember about River is him being a very beautiful, caring, sweet and kind young man. It was a privilege to meet this very special family.’’
River was my first born. He introduced me to motherhood and has been the strongest influence on my life. I feel blessed to have been the woman who held him deep within my being as he grew from a tiny seed. I birthed him at home, suckled him to a chubby 2-year-old and then held him in love and awe until his safe passage on Oct. 31. - Heart Phoenix
I think people want to know if River ran his course or if he was taken from the world prematurely.
River was my first born. He introduced me to motherhood and has been the strongest influence on my life. I feel blessed to have been the woman who held him deep within my being as he grew from a tiny seed. I birthed him at home, suckled him to a chubby 2-year-old and then held him in love and awe until his safe passage on Oct. 31.
It was incredible to watch River grow. From the beginning, he was a soul filled with passion and a sense of service for others. At a young age, he took on the responsibility of sharing the wonderful gifts that were given to him. He diligently taught himself guitar at 4, sang on the streets from Venezuela to Westwood, Calif., and wrote music and lyrics, seeking to open hearts in a new way.
Many of you have been able to experience his openness, gentleness, beauty and vulnerability on the screen. He chose characters that reached inside the souls of the audience, awakening long-forgotten feelings. With River’s passing, people around the world have been touched by his loss and once again their deep feelings have surfaced.
The coroner’s report states that drugs were the cause of death. His friends, co-workers and the rest of our family know that River was not a regular drug user. He lived at home in Florida with us and was almost never a part of the “club scene” in Los Angeles. He had just arrived in L.A. from the pristine beauty and quietness of Utah where he was filming for six weeks. We feel that the excitement and energy of the Halloween nightclub and party scene were way beyond his usual experience and control. How many other beautiful young souls, who remain anonymous to us, have died by using drugs recreationally? It is my prayer that River’s leaving in this way will focus the attention of the world on how painfully the spirits of his generation are being worn down.
They are growing up with polluted air, toxic earth and food, and undrinkable water. We are destroying our forests, the ozone layer is being depleted, and AIDS and other diseases are epidemic. The world is a very confusing place for most young people and we need to address that. Drug abuse is a symptom of an unfeeling, materialistic, success-oriented world where the feelings and creativity of young people are not seen as important. Drugs, including alcohol, are used to soften the pain of feeling separated from ourselves, each other and love. We can’t just say “Just Say No”–it’s ridiculous–we need to offer our children something they can say “Yes” to.
I have been trying to make sense out of chaos in relation to the world situation for many years, and with River’s passing I feel more clear than ever before. I feel the answer to our destructive nature, which manifests itself in many forms and our inability to love and care for one another, is based on our disconnection from every natural part of who we are. The universe and Earth is a magnificent system of oceans, rivers, tributaries and streams; of electrons, atoms, microorganisms, plants and animals; of plankton, moss and trees. And we, the humans, believe we can stand apart from this living system and say we are the masters. We act as if all of this was put here for us to use, abuse and profit from. We have separated ourselves from the very essence of life in order to raise ourselves up as the ultimate divine expression on Earth.
River made such a big impression during his life on Earth. He found his voice and found his place. And even River, who had the whole world at his fingertips to listen, felt deep frustration that no one heard. What is it going to take? Chernobyl wasn’t enough. Exxon Valdez wasn’t enough. A bloody war over oil wasn’t enough. If River’s passing opens our global heart, then I say, thanks dear, beloved son, for yet another gift to all of us.