Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Stage and Screen

I'm sorry for the wait. I've been chained to the desk doing Summer work, well technically schoolwork since I do it year round ... but it is Summer now. (and its too hot to be out there anyway!)
The other day I was listening to some music channels, and came across one that plays numbers from plays and movies. It was called 'Stage and Screen'. I was listening to this when it played 'Matchmaker', a song from 'Fiddler on the Roof'. I listened to it for a bit and burst out laughing because this was what they were saying in the beginning:
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match, Find me a find, Catch me a catch, Night after night in the dark I'm alone So find me match, Of my own.
Then the oldest sister plays a joke on the two younger sisters pretending she's Yenta the matchmaker.
Hodel, oh Hodel, Have I made a match for you! He's handsome, he's young! Alright, he's 62. But he's a nice man, a good catch, true? True.
I promise you'll be happy, And even if you're not, There's more to life than that--- Don't ask me what.
Chava, I found him. Won't you be a lucky bride! He's handsome, he's tall, That is from side to side. But he's a nice man, a good catch, right? Right.
You heard he has a temper. He'll beat you every night, But only when he's sober, So you'll be alright.
Well lets just say... in a very short time, they're 'singing a different tune'.
Dear Yenta, See that he's gentle Remember, You were also a bride. It's not that I'm sentimental
All of them: It's just that I'm terrified!
Well, I then found the 'youtube' version (and now we have found it for your viewing pleasure!) After getting off the floor and I had stopped laughing, I thought about how musicals are like this. A song can show you a change of mood, build up a feeling or take you through a long period of time. Like in the musical Oliver, my sister was just in this. The character Fagin is going to leave the gang, but in the build up of the song 'Reviewing my Situation', he has the audience spellbound and hanging on his every word - until 'finally' he leaves. I know this one well, it got stuck in my head for 5 days.

When Nancy sings, you can feel her pain and her love for a man that she knows will harm her. 'Nancy Drew' my bff, played Bets, and turned into this whole other person on stage. Another one my sister was in, Beauty and the Beast, has just one song taking you through several months in time and when the Beast stood in his lair, you forgot that you just saw him having dinner in the hallway as he was now 'The Beast' asking the world to be done with him.
My favorite big play so far has been 'Wicked', it has been played in the car so many times, I am suprised it hasn't 'melted'!

Well, life's like that I guess. You change your mind from chorus to chorus, the tune can go fast and the tune can go slow. It can take time to find the right beat. (I didn't get the right song to carry me thro school work today! Wonder what tomorrow will bring?)
I am Wiki and this is my Blog, and if my words are not witty or wise, may they always be mine

1 comment:

  1. Homeschooling, days in pj's, reading textbooks upside down on the sofa, flying to far off destinations when everyone else is sitting in a schoolroom ... don't know how you stand it ;)