03 March 2008

Song of the day: "Lesson #8" by Stephen Sondheim

This song is about the artist (or creative person) who is stuck. I suppose that if the song is sung in the wrong tone, it can sound excessively self-pitying.

From Sunday in the Park with George (a lot of great lyrics in this inspiring work!)
"Charles has a book..."
"Charles shows them his crayons...
"Marie has the ball of Charles...
"Good for Marie..."
"Charles misses his ball..."
George misses Marie...
George misses a lot...
George is alone.

George looks around.
He sees the park.
It is depressing.
George looks ahead.
George sees the dark.
George feels afraid.
Where are the people
Out strolling on Sunday?

George looks within.
George is adrift.
George goes by guessing.
George looks behind.
He had a gift.
When did it fade?
You wanted people out
Strolling on Sunday-
Sorry, Marie...

See George remember how George used to be,
Stretching his vision in every direction.
See George attempting to see a connection
When all he can see
Is maybe a tree-
The family tree-
Sorry, Marie...

George is afraid.
George sees the park.
George sees it dying.
George too may fade,
Leaving no mark,
Just passing through.
Just like the people
Out strolling on Sunday...

George looks around.
George is alone.
No use denying
George is aground.
George has outgrown
What he can do.
George would have liked to see
People out strolling on Sunday...

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