kis·met \ˈkiz-ˌmet, -mət\ - noun; often capitalized
1. fate.
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language.
That may be the measure of our lives." - Toni Morrison

"Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It's more than where you're born; it's an idea and state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It's more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, football, and country music. It’s being hospitable, devoted to front porches, magnolias, moon pies, coca-cola... and each other. We don't become Southern - we're born that way." - Unknown

04 February 2009

no day but today

In honor of the last performance "Filmed Live on Broadway" DVD released today, (which I'm promptly going to purchase tomorrow) I'd like to offer up my review of my all-time most favorite musical. In case you didn't get the reference from the title of this post, in my book, the greatest musical ever is RENT.
This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical penned by the brilliant Jonathan Larson, relays the poignant message of remembering what is important in life: love. The musical chronicles the lives of eight people "remember[ing] a year in the life of friends," and sharing "seasons of love". One of the themes of the musical is that love is the most important aspect of your life, and that you should always remember and cherish the love that you have. This theme plays an integral part in the overarching theme of the musical, whose meaning is one of remembrance, and not taking any phase of your life, or the people in it for granted. The OBC will always be my favorite. Maybe it's the fact that they lived and worked through Jonathan Larson's death together, but there's a certain chemistry between all of them unmatched by all others. There is something so aesthetically beautiful and touching about this musical. The emotionally charged messages in this musical are made even more so by Larson's sudden death. His beautiful messages to "measure your life in love" and to celebrate "la vie boheme" epitomize Larson's vision on life. There is so much inherent beauty in this carefully and exquisitely crafted work of musical art, and I am forever grateful for it. RENT changed my life for the better. There truly is "no day but today".

Thank you Jonathan Larson.


lotusgirl said...

Too bad I never saw it. I may have to borrow yours sometime. Bring it with you when you come visit and we'll watch.

PN said...

Hey Alyssa, this is Bryce. I got your invitation and expect to see my name in the psychadelic lights soon.

peace, love, and rock&roll said...

No worries Bryce. My post with your name in all of its psychedelic glory will be up later tonight! :)