In 1984, Axel Foley tried to get a room at the Beverly Palm Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in the American classic, Beverly Hills Cop. The first Beverly Hills Cop I’m talking about here, you know the one – where the Pointer Sisters and Bronson Pinchot finally had a cinematic zero degrees of separation. Hopefully you’ve seen it. Not having seen it is worthy of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Oh wait, that was abolished 9 years earlier. Well, whatever, not seeing this gem is a crime. Not having seen it again THIS YEAR is a crime. Either way you should be reminded of two beautiful moments from it. First is Eddie Murphy – portraying Alex Foley – trying to get that hotel room – and just being a comedic god. His delivery – the body language – IS THIS HEAVEN? The other – Patti Labelle’s song Stir It Up – is the 80’s in a nutshell – and BEAUTY in a nutshell. Put headphones on – TURN it Up – listen below the shiny 80’s pop surface. So many beautiful elements. If you don’t hear it, well, listen harder. Someone, please invent a time machine for me. Martinsburg, here I come.
It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen
Andrew W. Bush
43rd President of the United States of America