I imagine people of other ages – what else can I do but imagine I am only one age – listening on their headphones to motivating music, fueling their secret dreams and desires.
Or maybe they are listening to stock prices. Who knows? (And who knows they’re not their secret dreams and desires?)
For me – yesterday’s post reminding me of the power of musicals – it was “Old School” record player and vinyl. Which you could not practically carry around on the street – people would trip over the cord. You had to “gas up” at home, before going out where people thought you were nothing. (The most thundering sound I ever imagined was Canadian television producers seeing my name on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, going “Him?”)
Lacking external support – or detectable internal support, for that matter – I turned to the stirring songs in musicals, where characters, currently down but not out, got up, “held” for the cue from the conductor, and told the world they’re not done.
It’s all corny.
It all helped.
Helped what? I don’t know. I just remember that look of despair when I was teaching in England and another teacher said, “Don’t worry, it probably won’t happen” and I said, “That’s what I’m afraid of.”
I needed that out of my head.
And got the inspirational “antidote” with:
“Stand well back, I’m comin’ through
Nothin’ can stop me now…”
(”The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd”)
“There’s got to be something better than this
There’s got to be something better to do
And when I find me something better to do
I’m gonna get up, I’m gonna get out,
I’m gonna get up, get out and do it!”
“I’m the greatest star, I am by far
But no one knows it…”
(That one’s embarrassing. “Funny Girl.”)
“I’d like to swim in a clear blue stream, where the water is icy cold.
Then go to town in a golden gown, and have my fortune told.”
(Girly, but hopeful. “The Fantasticks.”)
Okay, what else? Oh, yeah. Sammy!
“I ain’t bowin’ down no-o more
I ain’t bowin down no-o mo-ore.
Now I’m standin’ up, I ain’t on the floor
I ain’t bowin’ down no-o mo-ore.”
And if Sammy, why not Steve Lawrence.
“I’m no loser!
That’s a dirty word to me
I’m no loser!
And I’m never gonna be…”
(“What Makes Sammy Run?”)
Okay, three more, among others I’m forgetting. I mean, I had a medley!
How’s this for “uplift”?
“I’ve got to find a reason
For living on this earth
Something to want
Something to be
Somehow to say
I am me.”
And, of course,
“This is my Quest, to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far,
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause!”
(That one rattled the rafters. “Man of La Mancha”)
And maybe the sappiest of all, but it still works,
“Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone.”
Y’know, just remembering that jostled the pheromones. Which, more than perhaps, was probably the point. I’ve been battling a “bug” lately, which, like a bad houseguest, refuses to leave.
Maybe musicals can help!
Any song – from any genre – help you rise and prevail? Let me know. Maybe I’ll add it to my repertoire.