A Day of Mourning and Celebration

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A Day of Mourning and Celebration

Okay, despite the fact that I staged my own private boycott of the final season, and though it didn't really work since I kept up by reading all of Julia's recaps, I got a little misty watching the The L Word Special. If you missed, it you can watch it here:

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As we wait for Julia's final recap, and since it seems that most of the reviews and comments so far expressed big disappointment in the final outcome, I thought we should take a moment in this blog to celebrate our favorite memories or thoughts about the show.

So please feel free to share something positive that the show gave you or a memory with friends, or even if you came out because of it. Here's mine:

Back in 2004 when Velvetpark was still a print magazine, photographer Angela Jimenez, writer Raimy Rosenduft and I traveled to Vancouver BC, to the set of The L Word for our issue 8 feature story. As it turned out, we were one of a very few publications to have had that access. It was incredibly exciting for us.


The following photos are the actual photos that appeared in the magazine, along with a behind-the-scenes shot of Ange working some magic.


The opening photo of Ilene was shot on a beach in Vancouver early in the morning around 7 a.m.


Jennifer Beals sat for her portrait outside "Bette and Tina's" house, poolside.


During Mia's photo session, a light bulb exploded above catching the overhanging scrim alight. The shoot continued amidst the smoke after the fire was doused. This shot took place in the front yard of "Shane, Carmen and Jenny's house." You can still see the smoke in the air.


For Ilene's portrait, she climbed a ladder, in heels.


The centerfold took place on "Bette and Tina's" bed.


Ilene signs Velvetpark issue 8 for a fan in Atlanta in '06.

The issue turned out to be our best seller, no surprise, and no denying that The L Word galvanized lesbians around the world like no other show, movie or media entity had before. The L Word set a precedent. From a media standpoint, it showed the MSM that we were a large and formidable demographic. I think The L Word gave us confidence in the face of disdain, indifference and adversity. I hope we don't lose the bonds that have come from finding each other by way of a mundane medium with a profound impact.

If anyone is interested in getting our L Word issue, we still have some copies available.

$7.00 + S&H




Comments [59]

peacekitty's picture

Grace is it still possible to

Grace is it still possible to get a copy of the L-word edition of VP? I'd like to order one next week.

You all did a great job on that from what I can see.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

lucia_2008's picture

I have to admit one

I have to admit one thing..."All About Our love" was used in a spoiler. Sorry about the mix up.

Smile...life is good!!!

peacekitty's picture

Tex you are awesome. Thanks

Tex you are awesome. Thanks for these lists.

We have the "L Tunes Music From and Inspired by the L-word" at our library but somebody took it.

Luckily I get to order the music for the teen department so time to order that one again. Smile

I'm still waiting for "L Tunes 2."

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

lucia_2008's picture

Lake is so right, it is "By

Lake is so right, it is "By Your Side". Now I have to go back and find out why I have rewatch and find out why I thought it was "All About Our Love".

Smile...life is good!!!

Tex's picture

Lucia, "I Couldn't Love You

Lucia, "I Couldn't Love You More" sounds familiar - was it used in a scene other than the holding each other scene? Now I'm curious - another excuse to watch Season 6 - awwwwww!

Twitter Time @kdhales

Yvonne's picture

several Showtime shows have

several Showtime shows have had higher ratings: DEXTER, WEEDs, and THE TUDORS.

Agreed. However, The L word audience is pretty different from the aforementioned, which makes the ratings valuable. Like bringing two worlds together, and the second world is a total new one for TV.

mysticsmb's picture

....so much so that the

....so much so that the showtimes ratings have skyrocketed, highest ever for any series…

While the finale was highly rated (3rd highest for the series overall), several Showtime shows have had higher ratings: DEXTER, WEEDs, and THE TUDORS.

Ldawn2's picture

It is beyond my comprehension

It is beyond my comprehension why everyone is spuing such hate at TLW and its ending.
Firstly I thought the last episode was awesome. IC gave all characters equal time and was able to cast a shadow on each one. Certainly I do not think any of these women are guilty however she left it all open to continue to tell this story.
Perhaps the story did not end with all conclusions solved and perhaps we have a need to have answers and solutions to all lifes dilemnas, I ask you how real is that anyway ?
It is obvious to me that IC wants a spin off and perhaps more and I for one want that too. The only way to get that is to create drama and curiosity
Surely I hear so many say how they cannot stand IC or TLW but clearly that is what everyone is talking about...so much so that the showtimes ratings have skyrocketed, highest ever for any series...
So as I hear everyone ranting about how insane IC is I say Great job IC...you got their attention and they cannot disconnect a job real done

LONG LIVE THE L WORD: THAT IS MY STORY AND I AM STICKING TO IT !!!!!!!

The interrogation tapes ...Brilliant.....we will be hearing from the "L" for six more weeks bringing us to about the same time a season lasts....how is that for media attention

Lets face it girls....we may not feel that these stories are worthy our time or attention because we women have been elevated to a higher plane but there are women out there who do find these stories useful , helpful, encouraging and entertaining...

Tex's picture

Lake, but of course it is

Lake, but of course it is Sade's "By Your Side"...... it sounded so familiar......it's on that Sade cd I finally found in that small "record" shop in NYC.....you know, the one I found for you.....

Twitter Time @kdhales

Lake's picture

Actually I was wrong it's "By

Actually I was wrong it's "By your side" Sade.....sorry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3BnQdF8mvo

Lake

lucia_2008's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

Lake's picture

It's "I couldn't love you

It's "I couldn't love you more" by Sade.

Lake

lucia_2008's picture

It is "All About Our Love"

It is "All About Our Love" Sade.

Smile...life is good!!!

yonks's picture

I'm with you Tex, its a pity

I'm with you Tex, its a pity to see human construction stand in the way of natural beauty.

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Steph's picture

Thanks CMW and LB! Agree

Thanks CMW and LB!

Agree with you both about the promise/potential and it was nice and "light" which makes a change.

Tex's picture

“The Pleasure Song” Marianne

“The Pleasure Song” Marianne Faithfull
“I Drive Alone” Esthero
“Don’t Look Back” Telepopmusik
“Swimming Pool” Freezepop
“Goodtimes” Joystick
“Heaven or Las Vegas” Cocteau Twins
“Honey Honey” Feist
“Anytime” Jane Siberry with Betty
“In the Sun” Joseph Arthur
“Be Be Your Love” Rachael Yamagata
“The Weakness in Me” Joan Armatrading
“Naked” Tracy Bonham
“Love Endeavor” Alice Smith
“Dream” Alice Smith
“Syrup & Honey” Duffy
“Distant Dreamer” Duffy
“Mercy” Duffy
“The Mating Game” Bitter:Sweet
“Back to Live” Soul II Soul
“Walk on By” Isaac Hayes
“In My Secret Life” Leonard Cohen
“Sunny Came Home” Shawn Colvin
“A Million Holes in Heaven” Amy Cook

Some of my favs - kept it to a manageable 23....

Gotta go through Season Six - I'd like to add the song that's playing when Bette and Tina are holding each other in 608 - if anyone knows what that one is I'd appreciate it....

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

Back atcha CAMW! Thanks for

Back atcha CAMW! Thanks for being so patient as I found my way around. Your ability to refrain from judging continues to amaze me. Laughing out loud

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

With so much talent and

With so much talent and creativity in the Womyn's Community, I'm sure something great will come along fairly soon.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Thank you, Tae. I'm certain

Thank you, Tae. I'm certain when I say I'm not alone in being glad you decided to join the rest of us in the deep end, lol. For certain, I've appreciated your points of view, not to mention your private support of me when I've dealt with difficult issues and situations.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Kate has a couple of projects

Kate has a couple of projects going right now, Remorse, and Everything's Fine. The former is still in production, the latter in post-production. Sorry, I couldn't locate any projected release dates for either.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Almost thought it was one of

Almost thought it was one of my posts, lol!

Great story, thanks! Laughing out loud

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

My favorite song was Dear Mr.

My favorite song was Dear Mr. President - Pink,, appropriately played as Tasha was facing redeployment to Iraq.

Cried through the whole song, as did my friends who were watching that episode.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

They're supposed to have a

They're supposed to have a second season ready to air soon on Logo, but I haven't found any specific dates anywhere. And, yeah, it's a good sitcom for those who like the silly sort of soft slapstick style (I go for that every now and then myself). Like I said, the series has potential, and my hope is that they reach it.

Someone told me they are having Digisodes on Logo, but since I usually don't have that good of a connection unless in a major city, I can't confirm that. They do have a MySpace link on their page at Logo, and I spotted a couple of behind the scenes video links there.

Lezbeth's picture

Well said, CMW.

Well said, CMW.

Lezbeth's picture

I liked it, too. It was a

I liked it, too. It was a silly lezzie sitcom, but the quirkiness of the characters had promise...I don't know, either if they are doing another season.

lucia_2008's picture

Tex...if your sharing your

Tex...if your sharing your list I would appreciate viewing it. Like you I have collected some great music.

Smile...life is good!!!

Steph's picture

I kinda like Exes and Oh's -

I kinda like Exes and Oh's - is there going to be a Season 2 do you know?

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

I've always had a love-hate

I've always had a love-hate relationship of sorts with TLW. Some sub plots were completely unrealistic (especially the character Max), some that were very real weren't covered enough (like breast cancer and DADT). Season 6 was a huge disappointment for me, primarily because of all the weird writing (save for a couple of episodes).

But then again, if I could have done it better I would have been on the production team, not out in a big rig driving all over the country.

It's been one hell of a ride, though, one I hope doesn't end with the series. Prior to TLW, all I had was the gay male oriented Queer as Folk, which had one lesbian couple that appeared all too briefly here and there. Logo had a couple of failed lesbian oriented sitcoms, but I've never been one to watch poorly written shows to begin with (though Ex's and Oh's had potential).

But, when TLW aired, I was an instant fan. Here was a show that featured great talent, all women, and stories about life in Southern California for lesbians, albeit from an upper middle class and somewhat unrealistic point of view.

And then, right after then end of one of the episodes, I discovered that OurChart was made real. Suddenly, there was a whole world of lesbian women, each unique, each with their own stories. I found a place where I could challenge others, be challenged by them, and for the most part, found acceptance, and a few friends, in a world I previously felt like an alien outsider to.

Then, last November, when OC imploded on itself, I found Velvet Park, where I could continue to express myself, to grow, to learn, in an environment where I was accepted, my take on life had some value, and where I could debate with others with different takes.

While I was hugely disappointed with TLW in Season 6, the one thing I will remember about the show overall is that it did bring many of us here together, our little global community of womyn, all of us unique, and yet very much the same. For that, we owe thanks to those who were part of the show. I suspect if it weren't for TLW, most of us would still be in a kind of fractured lesbian wilderness. I know I would still be adrift.

And, yeah, I ordered my copy, lol! Wink

Tex's picture

Yer welcome - yes, there were

Yer welcome - yes, there were plenty of beautiful moments.....I do love making a woman's day Wink

Twitter Time @kdhales

peacekitty's picture

You made my day. I'm

You made my day. I'm listening to it now....there were beautiful moments in that show. Thanks for the memory.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Not2Taem's picture

Where did i put that damn

Where did i put that damn push up bra?

Not2Taem's picture

For you dearest, a classic

For you dearest, a classic black bow, to go with your natural tuxedo.

Steph's picture

Abso - bloody - lutely!!

Abso - bloody - lutely!! (Please and thank you.)

xxxx

peacekitty's picture

Thanks!

Thanks!

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Tex's picture

The Heart Throbs "White

The Heart Throbs "White Laughter".......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLOLgOyUIJI

....and to see the longing.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxzSzxhcl-U&feature=related

Twitter Time @kdhales

Tex's picture

I want to see the cleavage,

I want to see the cleavage, please.....pretty please.....and, I don't need to be turned....I roll just fine, thank you... Wink

Twitter Time @kdhales

peacekitty's picture

Hey Tex, I really love the

Hey Tex, I really love the song at the end of episode 5, season 5, when Tina was drunk after the party and lying on the couch at Bette's house...while Bette was looking at her with longing. Do you know the artist and title of that song?

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Tex's picture

Season 3 - you betcha! Good

Season 3 - you betcha! Good call, my friend.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT2NImkhN4Y

You want me to PM you my TLW playlist? It's a compilation of my favs....

Twitter Time @kdhales

yonks's picture

I have always dream about

I have always dream about having a butch aunt to show me how to node my tie or to help me to choose a hot one.

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Not2Taem's picture

I don't know, Tex. I may ask

I don't know, Tex. I may ask Erin to loan me a really hot one, just to see if I can turn you.

Wink

Steph H's picture

I Drive Alone - L Word Season

I Drive Alone - L Word Season 3 if I am not mistaken?!?

Steph's picture

In no particular order

In no particular order -

Being blown away be Season 1

Finding OC and then VP and hanging out with all the intelligent, articulate women here who make me laugh and think about things and blush sometimes too.

My straight big sis saying to me one day - "Have you been watching The L Word - it's really cool!"

The music.

Kel's picture

Oh well, to be honest, I met

Oh well, to be honest, I met several friends from different countries because of the L-word... Hence the song to you guys:

Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Ev'ryone can see we're together
As we walk on by
(FLY!) and we fly just like birds of a feather
I won't tell no lie
(ALL!) all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose

*Sang in a gaytastic style.

P/s: The show is imperfect... but I've to admit that it has brought us closer together - to my friends and my adopted family. Smile

Tex's picture

and to you, sweets - when we

and to you, sweets - when we have coffee, please don't wear the tie.....

Twitter Time @kdhales

Pugs's picture

Yep, I call you "friend" too

Yep, I call you "friend" too and for the reasons you described. I hate the trainwreck that the show became but I love the community it helped start.

Tex's picture

TLW and all it encompassed

TLW and all it encompassed for me - the series itself, OurChart, Velvetpark, people I met, thoughts I shared, places I traveled, women I love - reinforced my desire to be the most complete human being that I can be.....

My favorite part of the series - the music! I have gotten my money's worth out of my The L Word play list.... Wink

I Drive Alone,

Tex

Twitter Time @kdhales

Rockets's picture

Hahah, I was shocked at how

Hahah, I was shocked at how long that was... sorry pals.

Xanadu's picture

In paragraphs 3 & 4, you

In paragraphs 3 & 4, you basically summed up my whole life and feelings about The L Word - perfectly!

Zara Thustra's picture

the link doesn't work; or,

the link doesn't work; or, perhaps so many people are trying to access the link that it effectively fraks things up.

lucia_2008's picture

Who would have thought 30

Who would have thought 30 years ago that so many people would be saddened, diappointed and angered by a lesbian television show airing its final season after six years, not many. There are some aspects of the show that I wanted to be written differently to satisfy my longing for the world to see a more perfect lesbian community. But, I have to confess that there are so many facets of the show that depict the real lesbian community over several era's. One of the keywords that will stay with me is "family". Since watching the show and visiting some of the sites dedicated to TLW and lesbian life, I realize that I have a very large family. I appreciate their effort in boldly presently the vast lesbian community with sincerity and conviction.

And dawgnabit, I want a Tibette movie!! Smile Wink

Smile...life is good!!!