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My life, the musical

April 7, 2017

If there is ever a movie about my life, it will be a musical. It’s too bad, really, because my Hubster hates musicals, so he may never go see it. Oh, the irony. (Isn’t it ironic? Dontcha think?)

Musical numbers to include:

Scene: Serene-ish childhood

Music: Soundtrack to Annie with excitable, curly-haired young girl (or an aging Andrea McArdle, the original) singing that the sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun.

No, I’m not an orphan. Instead, the play was a pivotal  moment in my life – my introduction to Broadway, possibly the first record of my very own. I remember listening to it over and over again until I had memorized every word and key change  to every single song. And I expressed the hell out of myself by singing it. Over and over again.

Music: Older, yet still in elementary school. Soundtrack to Marlo Thomas’ Free to Be, You and Me with special performance of Rosy Grier’s “It’s all right to cry. Crying gets the sad out of you.”

Scene: 7th grade and middle school with a dramatic trio of friends, all of us fighting desperately to belong.

Music: A bit retro already, Carole King’s “I feel the earth move.” It was the tryout song for the super hip school kicking line, the cool girls alternative to cheerleading. I did not make the squad.

Scene: 9th grade and first love
Music: Bon Jovi’s “Never Say Goodbye” because that’s how you feel in high school.

Scene: grades 10, 11 and 12

Music: There is too much music to name. Highlights include Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration album, Peter Gabriel’s So, Bryan Adams, especially “Summer of ’69”  and so many mix tapes. (cue music from most any cool 80s movie, and I’ll relate.) There was pop music and classic rock and doo wop in the car with the family. And Madonna. Always Madonna. Yet there was also James Taylor and the Steve Miller band. Genesis and Phil Collins solo!! We were a well-rounded group of friends, musically.

1980s pop

[The college years: that’s a whole ‘nother post]

And, as an adult, THE ultimate break up song: Radiohead’s There There:

“Just ’cause you feel it
Doesn’t mean it’s there
Just ’cause you feel it
Doesn’t mean it’s there”

This post feels incomplete. I didn’t get to today. And there are many gaps. I didn’t get to the post-college years, the Prague time and the early married days. Maybe I need to write a script…..




3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2017 00:19

    I often marvel at how certain songs can bring me right back to different stages of my life. I so closely associate them with who I was then.

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