As fate would have it today, November 16th, marks the last Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "The Sound of Music", to open on Broadway. Other famous musicals written by Rodgers and Hammerstein were "Carousel", "The King and I", "South Pacific", and "The Flower Drum Song".
Rodgers and Hammerstein were the biggest force on Broadway when Broadway was the biggest force in popular entertainment. They produced plays, musicals, concerts, and revivals. They presided over Broadway runs, London transfers, national tours and major motion pictures frequently all at the same time. They held onto everything they could controlling their own destines while being lionized and envied. However, when asked about keeping everything in perspective Richard Rodgers simply stated, "We're not US Steel."
I bring these facts to light because at one time I was in several musicals both on stage or playing my violin from the "orchestra pit". I found the thrill of either watching and playing the violin during on stage performances or learning to sing and dance to a musical number a great joy.
This prolusion above is a reference to art imitating life. So often in our everyday lives we focus on the minutiae rather than a sustainable dance. This dance within our hearts could enrich our experience while fulfilling the very basic instincts that drives our happiness.
Certain things come to mind that always bring a smile to our faces... Sunsets, Balloons, Waterfalls, and of course, oceans/beaches. Just think if we could dance past problems while smiling to dissipate the very energy that sucks the life out of us. I always tell my daughter, "It's not what happens to us, it's how we react to it."
Our musical gifts are about enjoying the music around us that defines the energy that sustains us.
Maybe... in the future, we could enjoy the simple beauty of a flower instead of staring at the fence around it. Tis the season of joy, giving, and culinary rewards... lets keep it simple while we focus on the truly important things in life, our inner dance, a genuine smile, and each other.
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