I’ve never actually seen a production of this show, or even listened to the cast recording in its entirety, but I did have so sing a medley in high school choir, and was immediately turned off by the sheer amount of ballads, and the muzaky nature of it all. I do have some fondish memories of this song related to some old housemates singing it at various functions pertaining to a musical theater club (or Troupe, rather) from college, so it gets a post.
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”—Isaac Asimov (via themadeshop)
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through. — Ira Glass
Little Lamb (from Gypsy) Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Performed by Laura Benanti
This day was hard to choose, because it applies to so many. I decided to go with Gypsy, because I’ve been thinking about it non-stop every day, and was thinking about this song specifically right before opening my computer just now. So many people complain about this song - I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I’m cutting it. My answer is that I wouldn’t dream of it. It’s one of my favorite moments in the entire show. It’s Louise’s birthday and her party is interrupted by the arrival of a man from the Orpheum Circuit preparing to book the act. Rose gets carried away and all attention is diverted from Louise who sneaks out with the lamb she’s been given as a present. There is a raucous song in which Rose and company exuberantly toss around Chinese food and the song ends on a high. Then - there’s the music that begins this track and everything zeroes in on the little girl who’s been eclipsed on her birthday, just as she’s eclipsed every other day of the year. Why would I take that moment from her?
P.S. I hate the 2008 album cover.
my 3rd favorite song in GYPSY (“All I Need Now is the Girl” is #1, “If Mama Was Married” is #2.)
“LOUISE: You didn’t tell him anything, did you? I mean that you’re rehearsing a dance team act?
TULSA: How’d you know I was working on an act?
LOUISE: I saw you practicing Monday after the matinee, with your broom for a partner. I was up in the flies.
TULSA: Louise - please -
LOUISE: Oh, I won’t tell anybody, Tulsa! I’m very secretive. Just like you. (Takes his hand) That’s what this means here in your palm. And this means you make up dreams - like me.
TULSA: (Moves away) What do you make up dreams about?
TULSA: Oh, I do that too.
LOUISE: Yes, but yours are about a partner for your act.
TULSA: She’s gonna be more than a partner, I hope. I mean I dream…that one day well, you know…(Starts to dance around)”—
You cannot say you are a follower of the guy who said love your enemies and do good to those who hate you. The next line isn’t: and if that doesn’t work send a titanium fanged dog to rip his nuts off. Jesus lays on that hippie stuff pretty thick. He has lines that say: do not repay evil with evil and do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. Really. It’s in that book you hold up when you scream at gay people.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but non-violence was kind of Jesus’ trademark. Kind of his big thing. To not follow that part of it is like joining Greenpeace and hating whales. I mean there’s interpreting and then there’s just ignoring. It’s just ignoring if you’re for torture. As are more evangelical Christians than any other religion. You’re supposed to look at figure of Christ on the cross and think, how could any man suffer like that and forgive, not: Romans are pussy, he still has his eye.
If you go to a baptism, and you hold the baby under until he starts talking, we’re missing the message. Like apparently our President who says he gets scripture on his Blackberry every morning, but who says on 60 Minutes anyone who questioned if Bin Laden should have been assassinated should have their head examined. Hey, Fox News, you missed a big headline: Obama thinks Jesus is nuts. To which I say, hallelujah because my favorite new government program is surprising violent religious zealots in the middle of the night and shooting them in the face. Sorry, Head Start, you’re number two now.
See, I can say that because I’m a non-Christian, just like most Christians.
Christians, I know, I’m sorry, I know you hate this and you want to square this circle but you can’t. I’m not even judging you, I’m just saying logically, if you ignore every single thing Jesus commanded you to do you’re not a Christian, you’re just auditing. You’re not Christ’s followers, you’re just fans. And if you believe the earth was given to you to kick ass on while gloating, you’re not really a Christian, you’re a Texan.