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20 March 2016 @ 06:52 pm
life’s a show…  

We’re watching a tv show where one of the storylines is set in India. In the second episode there was a spontaneous song and dance routine. Ted said, “I’m pretty sure people in India don’t actually spontaneously burst into song and dance all the time, but if they do, we’re really living in the wrong country.”

I then got into a discussion on Twitter about how movies from America in the 1950s also suggest that Americans drop into song and dance at the drop of a hat. A friend said when he was a child, musicals *enraged* him, because WHAT?! *WHAT*!? WHAT WAS THAT? PEOPLE DID NOT DO THAT!!!!

I said it was true, and more’s the pity that they didn’t, although that I had grown up in musical theatre and my entire family was in fact so strongly inclined to break into song and dance at the slightest provocation that a family friend once said visiting our house was a lot like walking into a musical.

He said that explained some things. O.O :)

Anyway, it reminded me that the other day as I was bringing Henry to school, we passed a woman who was singing, “Do you hear the people sing?” to her daughter. She stopped there.

Naturally, I sang, “Singing the songs of angry men?” back at her.

She stared at me, aghast.

Definitely not living in a musical, then. What a pity.

Although, to be fair, like the second time I met my friend Irish Kate, we encountered a ruined set of stairs that went up a while and then stopped. Equally naturally, the other friend I was with and I both sang, “There would be one long staircase just going up, and one even longer coming down,” and Kate finished off by singing, “And one more leading nowhere, just for show.”

It was *obvious* she was The Right Kind Of Person. The best part was she was astonished that it was even conceivable that someone might *not* sing that song, under those circumstances!

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

lokifanlokifan on March 20th, 2016 07:15 pm (UTC)
I remember hearing a story about how an English kid made her American penpal believe that Oliver! reflected the musical reality of London :)
TuftEars: Wynxtuftears on March 20th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
You are a delight. ^_^ While I cannot sing, I do think the world would be a more fun place with random song.
6_penny on March 20th, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
At the beginning of last summer I walked out of the local Trader Joe's just behind one of their employees. He stepped out into the sunshine threw out his arms and burst out into Summertime. Of course I joined in and we finished the song in duet.
He had a terrific voice - much better then mine!

Edited at 2016-03-20 08:59 pm (UTC)
kitmizkit on March 21st, 2016 10:14 am (UTC)
Childlightchildlight on March 21st, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
And we all play our parts..

sorry don't know if you are a Buffy fan but I couldn't resist. I love loved musical ever since I saw The King and I in elementary school.
kitmizkit on March 21st, 2016 12:46 pm (UTC)
lensedqso on March 21st, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
I've been known to get more than a few stares when I start singing in public without even realizing it. When I was younger I did it fairly constantly then I started going around listening to music instead when I got my first walkman (and then I had the problem of singing along in public, but that was generally both quieter and less frequent).
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on March 21st, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
I have occasionally been known to sing at people. Usually they have to start it :-)
Carlton Maxc_maxx on March 23rd, 2016 07:48 am (UTC)
One of the sprouts- D Angle- sings spontaneously, I'll have to remember to encourage it...

Did you read Ancillary Justice? Breq sings to thatone's selves, and when still in multiple bodies, could be heard singing around different parts of town, if I recollect.