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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 12, 2011 ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo Ciao Bella, A Chinese folk song says that "feet bathed in Spring would make one's body feel as if the sun was rising slowly and the ice dissolving gradually; feet bathed in Summer will eliminate the illness of fever and complex symptoms; feet bathed in Fall will get the lungs moist- ened and the intestines mov- ing; feet bathed in Winter will give warmth to the acu- puncture point of Dantian." It was the start of a truly unique experiencel As I entered into heaven for the next hour and a half, my friend Patricia L. was waiting for me, sitting in a comfortable cushy chair with pillows and a libation of her choice. I sat in one right next to her_ Chinese instru- mental music filled fhe room of soft lighting, warming terra cotta colors and scents Give Yourself HAPPY FEET... and that's not all! of pleasant herbal flowers permeating our cubby! Two welcoming Chinese mas- sagists came out of a-private corner of the room and set down (one for each of us) basins of herbal scented warm water'to soak our feet. As our feet soaked we had our dry massage starting from the top of our head to the base of our backs! The kinks I had were GONE! I was so relaxed! I felt so in trust with my massagisfl He then dried off my Happy Feet and performed a reflexology type of massage on them! The fruit and sips of tea were delightful! After i~ was all over, Patricia and I swooned over what we had just exlJerienced! " According to Chinese medicine, the human body's healfh ig el0 ety rela d the feet. Medical experts from Europe and America also believe the sole of the foot is the "second heart" since the many nerve end- ings are linked to the brain and all the organs. Soaking the feet for at least 30 min- utes improves and facili- tates the circulation of blood. The foot bath and the re- flexology work together to promote ~good health and b~ty caYe, nourishing and protecting the brain, supple- menting vigor and post- poning old age. The com- bination will also relieve fatigue and improve sleep. Consort Yang Yu Huan (1 June 719-15 July 756) was a high-ranking imperial consort during her time, known as one of The Four Beauties of Ancient China. Consort Yang's Secret of Beauty would be to cleanse her feet with herbal flowers in the morning and then the Chinese herb and foot massage performed every evening. So let's skip to that beat and give yourself some "Happy Feet[" Happy Feet Spa, 150 Lin- coln St., ist floor in Boston (Chinatown), 617-348-2988. Buona giornata and God bless the United States of Americal -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.all Mary is a third-geneiation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distribu- tor of Kosrn~a brartd Rose Hip tacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.eom. Saint Lawrence of Rome by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinart Saint Lawrence was born in Osca Hispania, now mod- ern day Spain, in the third century A,D. Lawrence was one of the seven deacons appointed by Pope Sixtus II who served in the Church of Rome by being placed in charge of the distribution of Church revenues to the poor. Lawrence, like Pope Sixtus II and many other members of the Roman clergy, was one of the vic- tims of the persecutions of the Emperor Valerian. At the beginning of the month of August, 258, the Emperor issued an edict, ~ommand- ing that all bishops, priests and deacons should imme- diately be put to death. The imperial command was immediately carried out in Rome. On August 6, Pope Sixtus II was apprehended in one of the catacombs and executed. After the death of Sixtus, the prefect of Rome demanded that Lawrence turn over the riches of the Church. Saint Ambrose writes that Lawrence asked for three days to gather together the propertym. Lawrence worked swiftly to distribute as much Church property to the poor as pos- sible so as to prevent it from being seized by the prefect. On the third day, Lawrence Greater Boston's Affordable Private Cemetery Traditiona[ Buria[ Plot ' ........... , (fo tarting at S1500 : "' CHAELCEMETT.MI :: ~- / .~ !1[- l,I .......... ..... ERY ~nt~_~.' st, 617.524.1036 1~ 0~'] 3] ........ the Italian community for over 100 years! ,r " appeared before the prefect at the head of a small delega- tion when ordered to give up the treasures of the Church, He presented the poor, the crippled, the blind and the suffering and said that these were the true treasures of the Church. This act of defiance led directly to his martyrdom. Saint Lawrence is often represented with the gridiron on which tradition relates he was roasted to death. He was martyred on Au- gust 10, 258 in Rome. Saint Lawrence was sentenced at San Lorenzo in Miranda, martyred at San Lorenzo in Panisperna and buried in the Vi~iburtina in the Cata- comb ~f ~yriaca, Tradition holds that Lawrence was burned or "grilled" to death, hence his association with the gridiron. Tradition also relates that Lawrence, while he was burning on the grid- iron, asked his torturers to "turn me over ... I'm done on this side." Pope Damasus built a basilica in Rome which he dedicated to St. Lawrence; this is the church now known as that of San Lorenzo in Damaso. The church of San Lorenzo in Lueina, also dedicated to this saint, still exists. The feast day of St. Lawrence is cel- ebrated on August 10~; he is ~*~atFon of the Poor. '" ~ a [ wa reviewing the ng the rest RONNIE MILSAP - COUNTRY AGAIN Bigger Picture Group Ronnie Milsap is the top country soul singer of his generation, with over 35 mil- lion albums sold. His 40 #1 hits earned him six Grammy Awards, along with CMA and ACM Country Music Awards. Milsap returns to country music with his first country album in five years, "Coun- try Again." Highlighting the dozen songs is the first single "If You Don't Want Me To" which inspired the dance craze '~rhe Freeze." Additional cuts include the tender "A Better Word For Love," the raucous "Country Again," lowering the decibels for "Cry Cry Darling," the romantic "You're The Reason I'm Liv- ing," the security of "Almost Mine" and a sexy salute to the jaw-dropping "Oh Linda." Country sounds shine with "Even Fools Get Lucky," the sad "For a Minute There," the explosive "Fireworks," the solitary "On My Own," and fin- ishes off his welcomed return to country music with the haunting "Trapped In An Old Country Song." Excellent CDI ALICIA KEYS - SONGS IN A MINOR J Records-Legacy Songs in A Minor celebrates its I0~ Anniversary with a "Collector's Edition." The album sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, and Keys won her first five Grammy Awards. Keys" --~Ilcctol-'~ I~dition-- i~ a three-disc set of two COs and a documentary DVD created specifically for this release. The 27-song collection includes previously unre- leased and original bonus material, such as the tracks "A Woman's Worth" remix featuring Nas; "Juiciest" mix tape version; "Fallin'," the All soundtrack version and the previously unreleased "Typewriter," "If I Was Your Woman," Original Funky Demo version and "Butterflyz (The Drumline Mix)." Disc 1 has the content of Keys' origi- nal album and Disc 2 includes remixes, live versions and other rarities. The album menu opens with the hip-hop beat "Piano & i" and a cover of Prince's 1982 ballad "How Come You Don't Call Me." The first single "Fallin'" was a hit and became Keys' signature song, and the album's second single was "A Woman's Worth" calling for men to show re- spect for their woman. Plus, =the ballad "~oodbye," express- ~ing her philosophy and tribu- lations with "The Life," a duet with Jimmy Cozier, becomes a sexy session on "Mr. Man." Classic Keys has the soulful "~Jhy Do I Feel So Bad," end- ing with "Caged Bird." The finale is the hidden track "Lovin' U" with a Motown- flavored sound. Super! BLAKE SHELTON - RED RIVER BLUE Warner Bros. Blake Shelton was voted CMA "Male Vocalist of the Year" in 2010 and has had an amazing past year, cul- minated by his marriage to country artist Miranda Lambert. Shelton's "Red River Blue" shines on eleven tracks of brand new songs, beginning with the first single and #1 hit "Honey Bee." Surrounding himself with a host of top writers resulted in gems such as "Ready To Roll," the apprecia- tive "God Gave Me You," the "gold digger" anthem "Get Some," the liquid solution "Drink On It," and reminisc- ing with "Good Ole Boys." The unforgiving Blake unloads on "I'm Sorry," delivering a prom- issory note via "Sunny In Se- attle," the pleading "Over," winding down with the labor- ing "Hey" and ends with the title cut "Red River Blue." THE MUSIC OF JAMES HORNER Silva Screen An outstanding film music career afforded James Homer the chance to work with some of the greatest directors of the last three decades: James Cameron, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Oliver Stone. Horner's discography is chronicled in this comprehensive 2-CD collection of 27 tracks, Backed by The City of Prague Philhar- monic Orchestra, Horner's history begins with his lat- est rendition, "The Karate Kid (2010)" and all the way back to the very beginning with 1980's "Battle Beyond The Stars." Sandwiched in between are the Oscar- winning "Titanic" theme, the stimulating music for "Brave- h t ~d th~ h~h --W~-" from "Avatar." Plus, there are the now classic themes from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Apollo 13" and "A Beautiful Mind," and many more "winners!" THE P.I~HTEOU~ BROTHERS-ICON: THE BEST OF Polydor For Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, the years 1964 to 1966 were the years that bore fruit for their soulful sounds. The Righteous Brothers scored five Top Ten hits dur- ing that time, all of which appear on this CD. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," their first major single, opened the floodgates in 1964, hitting the #1 mark in both' the U.S. and the U.K., going on to become the most played song in radio history, with over 8 million plays. 1965 charted three more Top Ten hits -- "Just Once In My Life" (#9), "Unchained Melody" (#4) and "Ebb Tide" (#5), followed by their 1966 second #I hit "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration." Round- ing:out the nostalgic collec- tion is the Medley-penned "Little Latin Lupe Lu," Hoagy Carrnichael's "Georgia On My Mind," the Hatfield/Mcdlcy tunc "My Babe," plus "Hung On You," another Medley song "Go Ahead mid Cry," ending with the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penncd "On This Side of Goodbye." Hatfield was found dead in his hotel room in 2003. The Righteous Brothers' music earned the wen-deserved title of "Blue- eyed Soul." Music with a timeless boundary!