Monday, July 16, 2012

Musicals & My Subconscious

The last three mornings in a row I have woken up with songs from Broadway musicals stuck in my head. I have no idea what this means, if anything, other than I listen to a lot of Broadway. (Which I do, our kitchen Sirius tuner is always set to the Broadway channel).

But in an effort to parse the hidden meanings in the deep corners of my wee brain, I'm gonna share. All alternative amateur subconscious analyzation welcome in the comments.

3 mornings ago it was "Nothing" from A Chorus Line. (I just had to google if the title of plays should be italicized or quoted. Somewhere one of my lit teachers weeps.) (I also have yet to have my morning cup of tea so my brain isn't fully functioning, okay?)

This one may have entered my subconscious and been the first thing on my brain in the morning because I got sucked into watching the new version of Fame. It was awwwful. But this song starts out talking about high school for the performing arts in NY, which is what the entirety of Fame is about. Connections! It may also have been on my brain because of the message which is essentially "Don't let someone else write the script, you do it." That seems like an appropriate message currently.

Sunday morning, I had "I Got Life" from Hair stuck in my head.

(Here's a fun version of it from an appearance at GMA.) Alright, a pseudo hippie song about appreciating the basic things? Sure. Fine. Message makes sense. I suppose, anyway.

Then today I woke up with "Big Spender" from Sweet Charity stuck in my head. Unlike Hair and A Chorus Line, I've never actually seen Sweet Charity. I wasn't, until I just read a plot synopsis on Wikipedia, even aware of what it is about. I only remember that Christina Applegate was in the Broadway revival a few years ago which led to me pondering her career path. (Remember when she was dumb slut Kelly Bundy? That seems like a lifetime ago.)

Anyway, after reading the plot of Sweet Charity, it sounds like the most depressing musical ever. Which considering the vast pantheon of musicals out there is saying something. (Les Miz, which I am seeing Tuesday, is about the French revolution and being sent to prison. Sweeney Todd is about turning people into pie and seeking revenge after being in prison. Fiddler on the Roof is about the persecution of Jews. For jaunty songs, musicals can be depressing.)

Now, where the "carpe diem"-ish message of the previous two songs makes sense for being stuck in my head, I have no idea why "Big Spender" got stuck in there. I need a sugar daddy? (Yes.)

Frankly, I'm relieved to have musicals stuck in my head because last week for some reason I had Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" and then Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" on a loop. Apparently last week my brain was a 15 year old girl.

(Digression!: The Katy Perry song may have been a result of meeting a girl at a party who was like 'Oh yeah, I have no problem meeting really great guys anymore, especially when I walk my dog.' A) She could have been Katy Perry's more articulate and interesting slightly older sister in looks and was wearing amazing, I would break my neck in them 5" red suede heels at a house party. B) When she showed me pictures of her dog, it was a 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog. Have you ever seen a Bernese puppy? It's basically a giant, happy, fluff ball. No shit you don't have trouble meeting guys. (She was also really sweet so it was hard not to like her. We're facebook friends now. (P.S.: What does one do in that situation? Like, how do you ask people on girl dates? Life is haaaard for us awkward folks.)))

I'm a little curious to see if this pattern continues and what my brain's half awake state will bring tomorrow. I'm rooting for "Tonight" from West Side Story.

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