August 24, 2008

Shout and Twist.

There are a very few musicals that I have ever liked. It's not really fair to say I don't like musicals. I will watch them and enjoy the pageantry, but I almost never become enthralled. Yet the one adapted from the book "The Once and Future King" (Hey Lime, I ought to have added that one to the list of stories I get lost in to distraction) makes me so damned happy that I can recall a line or two from one of the songs at an appropriate moment and it will immediately pick my spirits up and polish them until they shine.

"...The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
In short, there's simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot."

Broadway musicals, The plays of William Shakespeare and the music of Chuck Berry all have one thing in common. Aside from the fact that they were written to make money, so this actually makes it two things in common:

They are framed around the everyday life, experiences, feelings and expectations that echo in our heads and hearts.
I guess I am, and have been for a very long time, unconsciously searching for my Camelot, sans Guenevere and Lancelot of course. A world and a life that just seems to run smoothly and where all the bumps in the road are easily manageable. How does the bucolic life sound to you?

4 comments:

Mona said...

Bucolic life? Well... it sounds like a lot of farmer's daughters :D

Ah! I loooved the musical called "Taming of the Shrew" tee hee!

Megan said...

I hope you find your Camelot. I hope I find mine too someday. But I don't think I could handle bucolic. Unless I had a private jet, of course, and could sweep into the big city every now and then to catch a musical...

Beth said...

Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot...


Don’t forget – that idyllic life didn’t last.

Love the book, the musical and - King Arthur.

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Kate said...

Camelot, a looonnnnggg time favorite. Made a big impression an me as a child (first saw it at age 10) fell in love with the Arthurian Legend and the ideals of might for right.