The Hollywood Musicals

 

The musicals.

I grew up in the 1950’s.  Music was everywhere and changing everything. The true generation-gap maker.  But the musicals were magical.  The bursting into song at the sight of a rainbow, a surrey, a mountain, a beautiful girl, a handsome boy, rain. I knew the songs by heart.

I was surprised, as time went by, to realize that this did not happen in real life. No one danced down the street, no one really sang in the rain,  at the bank or the insurance building where I worked.  Not even my first date occasioned a song from either of us.

I have, at times had such joy well up inside me that tears poured from my eyes, not a note of song from my lips.   I have also been burdened with unbearable sadness, again producing tears.  Never has a song sprung from me  in response to the daily experiences of life.

I look at the world, the beauty, and the people.

Why is it so easy to yell and scream hateful words; to use our words to hurt to harm to insult?  How can this be so easy?  Why do we never sing out with all the joy in our hearts as we walk down the street? Why is that so hard to do?

What if I had sung at my children instead of yelling at them?  I think it is very difficult to be angry and sing. What if I would dance with my husband instead of arguing with him? It is very difficult to argue and dance.

Why have we played out all of Hollywood’s worst depictions of humanity?  Why have we not played out Hollywood’s best depictions of humanity, like in the musicals?

Shouldn’t this life be a musical?  Wouldn’t that be nice?

4 Responses to The Hollywood Musicals
  1. Jackie Benson
    May 27, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Beautiful insight Elaine. I also love musicals and can relate to your feelings.

  2. Carol Lapp
    May 28, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    What if musicals came back — are our young people too immune to the senses of listening, relaxing, loving and singing to enjoy them? Would they fail? Would some play them on their computers, cell phones, ipods??? Or would that take too much time.

    I love musicals. My Lifelong friend and I splashed through rain puddles singing “Singing in the Rain” at the top of our voices. We held hands and danced in the puddles going around and around in circles. We watched “High Society” so many times we recited each part by heart, and sang each song with a zest that warmed the heart. We practiced the songs from “On Moonlight Bay” so we could entertain our mothers with song and dance on mother’s day. I so remember Abba Dabba Honeymoon.

    What if we had not had that time, would our souls forever be lacking a piece of joy. Would our hearts have a hole where memories were supposed to be. That I don’t know,…..do you Elaine — you were right there holding hands with me all those years. We are richer for the experience. I love you to death.

  3. Doug Rohrer
    May 30, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Hi Elaine!

    Nice writing and very nice thought. Wouldn’t it be nice if…..?

  4. Sean
    May 31, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Great post!

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The Hollywood Musicals

 

The musicals.

I grew up in the 1950’s.  Music was everywhere and changing everything. The true generation-gap maker.  But the musicals were magical.  The bursting into song at the sight of a rainbow, a surrey, a mountain, a beautiful girl, a handsome boy, rain. I knew the songs by heart.

I was surprised, as time went by, to realize that this did not happen in real life. No one danced down the street, no one really sang in the rain,  at the bank or the insurance building where I worked.  Not even my first date occasioned a song from either of us.

I have, at times had such joy well up inside me that tears poured from my eyes, not a note of song from my lips.   I have also been burdened with unbearable sadness, again producing tears.  Never has a song sprung from me  in response to the daily experiences of life.

I look at the world, the beauty, and the people.

Why is it so easy to yell and scream hateful words; to use our words to hurt to harm to insult?  How can this be so easy?  Why do we never sing out with all the joy in our hearts as we walk down the street? Why is that so hard to do?

What if I had sung at my children instead of yelling at them?  I think it is very difficult to be angry and sing. What if I would dance with my husband instead of arguing with him? It is very difficult to argue and dance.

Why have we played out all of Hollywood’s worst depictions of humanity?  Why have we not played out Hollywood’s best depictions of humanity, like in the musicals?

Shouldn’t this life be a musical?  Wouldn’t that be nice?

4 Responses to The Hollywood Musicals
  1. Jackie Benson
    May 27, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Beautiful insight Elaine. I also love musicals and can relate to your feelings.

  2. Carol Lapp
    May 28, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    What if musicals came back — are our young people too immune to the senses of listening, relaxing, loving and singing to enjoy them? Would they fail? Would some play them on their computers, cell phones, ipods??? Or would that take too much time.

    I love musicals. My Lifelong friend and I splashed through rain puddles singing “Singing in the Rain” at the top of our voices. We held hands and danced in the puddles going around and around in circles. We watched “High Society” so many times we recited each part by heart, and sang each song with a zest that warmed the heart. We practiced the songs from “On Moonlight Bay” so we could entertain our mothers with song and dance on mother’s day. I so remember Abba Dabba Honeymoon.

    What if we had not had that time, would our souls forever be lacking a piece of joy. Would our hearts have a hole where memories were supposed to be. That I don’t know,…..do you Elaine — you were right there holding hands with me all those years. We are richer for the experience. I love you to death.

  3. Doug Rohrer
    May 30, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Hi Elaine!

    Nice writing and very nice thought. Wouldn’t it be nice if…..?

  4. Sean
    May 31, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Great post!

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The Hollywood Musicals

 

The musicals.

I grew up in the 1950’s.  Music was everywhere and changing everything. The true generation-gap maker.  But the musicals were magical.  The bursting into song at the sight of a rainbow, a surrey, a mountain, a beautiful girl, a handsome boy, rain. I knew the songs by heart.

I was surprised, as time went by, to realize that this did not happen in real life. No one danced down the street, no one really sang in the rain,  at the bank or the insurance building where I worked.  Not even my first date occasioned a song from either of us.

I have, at times had such joy well up inside me that tears poured from my eyes, not a note of song from my lips.   I have also been burdened with unbearable sadness, again producing tears.  Never has a song sprung from me  in response to the daily experiences of life.

I look at the world, the beauty, and the people.

Why is it so easy to yell and scream hateful words; to use our words to hurt to harm to insult?  How can this be so easy?  Why do we never sing out with all the joy in our hearts as we walk down the street? Why is that so hard to do?

What if I had sung at my children instead of yelling at them?  I think it is very difficult to be angry and sing. What if I would dance with my husband instead of arguing with him? It is very difficult to argue and dance.

Why have we played out all of Hollywood’s worst depictions of humanity?  Why have we not played out Hollywood’s best depictions of humanity, like in the musicals?

Shouldn’t this life be a musical?  Wouldn’t that be nice?

4 Responses to The Hollywood Musicals
  1. Jackie Benson
    May 27, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Beautiful insight Elaine. I also love musicals and can relate to your feelings.

  2. Carol Lapp
    May 28, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    What if musicals came back — are our young people too immune to the senses of listening, relaxing, loving and singing to enjoy them? Would they fail? Would some play them on their computers, cell phones, ipods??? Or would that take too much time.

    I love musicals. My Lifelong friend and I splashed through rain puddles singing “Singing in the Rain” at the top of our voices. We held hands and danced in the puddles going around and around in circles. We watched “High Society” so many times we recited each part by heart, and sang each song with a zest that warmed the heart. We practiced the songs from “On Moonlight Bay” so we could entertain our mothers with song and dance on mother’s day. I so remember Abba Dabba Honeymoon.

    What if we had not had that time, would our souls forever be lacking a piece of joy. Would our hearts have a hole where memories were supposed to be. That I don’t know,…..do you Elaine — you were right there holding hands with me all those years. We are richer for the experience. I love you to death.

  3. Doug Rohrer
    May 30, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Hi Elaine!

    Nice writing and very nice thought. Wouldn’t it be nice if…..?

  4. Sean
    May 31, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Great post!

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The Hollywood Musicals

 

The musicals.

I grew up in the 1950’s.  Music was everywhere and changing everything. The true generation-gap maker.  But the musicals were magical.  The bursting into song at the sight of a rainbow, a surrey, a mountain, a beautiful girl, a handsome boy, rain. I knew the songs by heart.

I was surprised, as time went by, to realize that this did not happen in real life. No one danced down the street, no one really sang in the rain,  at the bank or the insurance building where I worked.  Not even my first date occasioned a song from either of us.

I have, at times had such joy well up inside me that tears poured from my eyes, not a note of song from my lips.   I have also been burdened with unbearable sadness, again producing tears.  Never has a song sprung from me  in response to the daily experiences of life.

I look at the world, the beauty, and the people.

Why is it so easy to yell and scream hateful words; to use our words to hurt to harm to insult?  How can this be so easy?  Why do we never sing out with all the joy in our hearts as we walk down the street? Why is that so hard to do?

What if I had sung at my children instead of yelling at them?  I think it is very difficult to be angry and sing. What if I would dance with my husband instead of arguing with him? It is very difficult to argue and dance.

Why have we played out all of Hollywood’s worst depictions of humanity?  Why have we not played out Hollywood’s best depictions of humanity, like in the musicals?

Shouldn’t this life be a musical?  Wouldn’t that be nice?

4 Responses to The Hollywood Musicals
  1. Jackie Benson
    May 27, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Beautiful insight Elaine. I also love musicals and can relate to your feelings.

  2. Carol Lapp
    May 28, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    What if musicals came back — are our young people too immune to the senses of listening, relaxing, loving and singing to enjoy them? Would they fail? Would some play them on their computers, cell phones, ipods??? Or would that take too much time.

    I love musicals. My Lifelong friend and I splashed through rain puddles singing “Singing in the Rain” at the top of our voices. We held hands and danced in the puddles going around and around in circles. We watched “High Society” so many times we recited each part by heart, and sang each song with a zest that warmed the heart. We practiced the songs from “On Moonlight Bay” so we could entertain our mothers with song and dance on mother’s day. I so remember Abba Dabba Honeymoon.

    What if we had not had that time, would our souls forever be lacking a piece of joy. Would our hearts have a hole where memories were supposed to be. That I don’t know,…..do you Elaine — you were right there holding hands with me all those years. We are richer for the experience. I love you to death.

  3. Doug Rohrer
    May 30, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Hi Elaine!

    Nice writing and very nice thought. Wouldn’t it be nice if…..?

  4. Sean
    May 31, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Great post!

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