Shut Up About Your Candle Already
Itâ€™s the morning of Thanksgiving Day and Iâ€™m waking-up with a bit of a song from RENT running through my head . . . but not what one might expect. I keep hearing the refrain of Mimi askingÂ Adam Pascal's charcterÂ to light her candle as I slowly wake-up.
Just that one line. Over and over and over again. That's it.Â
As much as I dislike that musical, after seeing it three times, I've come to accept that the music itself isnâ€™t all that bad . . . and a lot less offensively bad than most of the stuff on contemporary pop radio. Many people will have to listen to the overplayed sound of Lady Gaga or Rihanna this morning, I have a fragment ofÂ Â Jonathan Larson music running through my head. And it occurs to me that the guy had talent. Â Too bad he didnâ€™t live to put together a masterpiece. RENT will have to do
And I couldnâ€™t possibly be more thankful for having the work that Iâ€™ve got. And as easy as it is to dread the holiday shows coming-up, Iâ€™m happyÂ that, of the four shows that Iâ€™m seeing that are opening locally the week of Thanksgiving, only two of them are Holiday shows. And one of those holiday shows is RENT, which isnâ€™t really even a traditional holiday show. But Christmas bells ARE ringing . . . and Iâ€™ll be taking a look at the dozen or so holiday shows opening up in the next couple of weeks here on the other side of todayâ€™s Â holiday. And as an old familiar tune keeps rolling through my head, Iâ€™m thankful for the kind of work I have in a really, really nice cityâ€”work that Iâ€™m able to share with so much of with my wife. Â
And no Mimi: I will NOT light your candle.