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On the second day, they watched....
I left the house for barely an hour, to retrieve my overcoat from the office and check if there was mail (did, wasn't).  We then fired up the DVR for two things we'd been looking forward to finishing and beginning.

On New Years Night, we began watching the Kennedy Center Honors show from earlier in the week. Within minutes of its airing, the Internet had exploded over Aretha Franklin's tribute rendition of honoree Carole King's "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman." That came late, and we didn't get to it until this afternoon, but there were plenty of other magic moments before that for the other honorees: Rosie Perez and Animal homaging Rita Moreno's Emmy-winning Muppet performance of "Fever;" co-stars of Cicely Tyson giving her deserved props for her work on screens and stage; Carrie Fisher and a couple of droids, along with Spielberg and Scorcese, lauding George Lucas; and a stage of Classical Hall of Fame talent (Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma) praising and playing for Seiji Osawa.

Before we had to cede the recorder to PBS, we caught the beginning of the Carole King tribute, which was Beautiful-ly done. As in mostly done by the cast members of Beautiful, the Broadway retrospective of her music career.  James Taylor ended the part we watched last night with his rendition of "Up On The Roof," which we love from the Troubadour performance they did together a few years back. Then Sara Bareilles took the piano, in front of a mockup of the Troubadour entrance, to do the pair's other most famous joint hit, "You've Got a Friend."

That's when the President, in attendance, called in the Army Corps of Engineers to put a new roof on the dump after Aretha blew the old one off.

All were deserving, but Carole was clearly the most touched. She's the one whose art I know the best (sorry, George), and the one who brought me the most to near tears.


We stopped watching so we could record the one-off Victorian Sherlock special, which our PBS affiliate actually aired on the network's schedule.

The Internet's given it mixed grades, mainly over the use of the Victorian conceit, but  I found it well done, brilliantly acted, full of suitable bon mots for all the major characters, and a fair (as in "not unfair") bridge between the end of S3 and the 2017 promise of an S4.

So many great lines, including (minor spoiler here), someone FINALLY putting "Elementary, my dear Watson" directly into SH's mouth. Plenty of nice use of deliberate anachronisms and phrasings, to keep the "what is real" story sufficiently up in the air.  And at least one nice appearance by a recent Doctor Who actor in a small but significant role.

Beyond that, I saith not, at least for now.  I suppose I'd better get back to Elementaries to tide me to '17.
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