1931 – 2017
1931 – 2017
Legacy? Are we ever satisfied?
“Yes, I’m about as satisfied as a person can be. A wonderful exciting life, a family and friends to be proud of, a hot chick for a wife. Yes, I’m satisfied. Too many people in this business can’t seem to be happy with what they have accomplished. It’s great to want more but not so much that it makes you a little crazy to get it.”
Having penned the perfect lyric,
For some unknown reason are never satisfied and want to be singers
“Oh give me a home ….
Having perfect pitch and precise interpretation of the poet’s lyrics
For some unknown reason always want to be actors
“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore Toto!”
Because they apparently have precise interpretation of the lyrics,
Have perfect pitch
And think they can be anyone they choose,
Feel they must be directors.
Well Mr. Scorsese I think it would be better if ….
Because they have all of the above with the chutzpah to go with it,
Want to control even more and long to be producers.
He wants how much? I’m not made of money, you know!”
Because they have been beat up by everyone since they penned the perfect lyric
Now have the courage of someone else’s money
And the suppressed DNA of an IRS agent
All want to be studio heads.
“You’re over budget and behind schedule. If you can’t do it I’ll get someone else”.
And what all these people really want in their heart of hearts is what
Loren Janes was,
A Stunt Man!
Through Loren I learned;
Question every motive
Figure it out every which way it can go
Rehearse it in your mind a thousand times
Be physically ready for it
Know how the pieces fit together
Be ready to say no
Be ready to say yes
Understand the consequences of both
Never, go along to get along
Make it better than they ever imagined
When it’s over, shut up!
Get the check!
And move on.
Loren moved on and on and on and on
The life he led was what you only read about in adventure stories.
Hike it, ride it, ski it, drive it
Bounce, Burn, roll, double flip and high dive it
Jump off it. Jump over it. Jump on it.
Flip, flop, a streetcar drop, a famous cactus hit
Crash it, smash it, take the right cross hit
Folks thrilled when they saw it
And never knew
That he was the one who lived it.
He made them all look good
He always understood
That his role was to not be the star of the show
But to make “Great Escapes” and no mistakes
And only the insiders would know.
Combat boots and eternal salutes
He never let go of “Semper fi”
He wore his heart on one sleeve and his faith on the other
And soulful things still made him cry
From Olympic Games to Cinerama frames
From hoof beats to overdrive
He always kept us somewhere on the edge of our seat
Wondering, was he “dead or alive”?
But the things most remembered
By those he would meet
Were the self-confidence he would quietly display
A handshake that meant truth
And a sparkled eyed,
Rascal of a smile
Hey, everything is going to be okay
Where, oh where do we go from here?
As memories and friends move on and on and on
Time and distance should play no part
In friendships made along our way
But too often, we should have, could have,
And now they are gone away
Do this for Loren when you have a moment today
Stop and recall that friend from your past.
Make the call
Like you did for Loren today
With a sparkle in your eye and a rascal smile on your face.
Hey, everything’s going to be Okay!
Celebration of Life
Bel Air Presbyterian Church
Los Angeles, Ca.
July 22, 2017