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February 5th: Saint Agatha’s Day

Tomorrow is February 5th which just happens to be Saint Agatha’s Day. How about that. I will celebrate tomorrow in much the same way I’ve celebrated everyday this week, plugging away and writing the show. I finished “The Obligatory School Song” today. It still needs some verses (right now it’s kind of “third verse, same as the first”) but those will come. And musically everything is getting placed into the libretto, which helps me to understand the rhythm of the whole play. Important at this point in the process.

The song is quite cynical, but I think the f#@* you attitude is appropriate for the the play, both musically and contextually. And I think the characters really feel like that. The chorus is completely aware that they are the chorus in a MUSICAL set in HIGH SCHOOL. They are aware of the history of MUSICALS set in SCHOOLS (Grease, Merrily We Roll Along, Spring Awakening, High School Musical, etc..) and they are not afraid to acknowledge that there is a certain amount of irony and perhaps even cliché in singing a song like this. It is not meant to be disrespectful in any way, I mean, there have been some seriously great songs written on the subject. Maybe I’m just a bit intimidated. In any case, the thought of writing a song for the chorus to sing about being in school just had to go to this place for me. And it’s fun! Here are some lines from the song.

GIVE US A MINUTE
YOU CAN’T GO WRONG
BUT YOU KNOW WE’VE GOT TO SING
THAT OBLIGATORY SCHOOL SONG
WE’VE JUST GOT TO SING A FEW LINES
WE’LL SAY WE’VE DONE IT THEN WE’LL MOVE IT ALONG
WE COULD CHANT LATIN
OR CUBE ROOTS OR SQUARES
WE COULD AIR ALL OUR DIRT
ON THE CURRENT AFFAIRS
BARK OUT LAWS OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND
UNDERSTAND WE’LL ALL BE MILLIONAIRES
IT’S JUST THE DRILL
IT’S JUST THE JOB TO BE DONE
BUT PLEASE FORGIVE US IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS BEFORE
YOU KNEW WE’D GET TO THIS
BEFORE THIS BEGUN
KNEW IT WAS COMING WHEN YOU WALKED IN THE DOOR
AND THERE’S NOBODY
THAT’S HOLDING A GUN
BUT YA GOTTA DO IT IF YOU WANT TO BELONG
AND OH WE WANT TO BELONG
HERE’S THAT OBLIGATORY SCHOOL SONG

On a sad note, my friend Lindsay Thomas passed away yesterday after a bout with cancer. She was an insanely talented actor/singer/dancer, gracing stages all across Canada and the USA. She was also a lovely, positive person. She was a regular leading lady at the Stratford Festival for the past few seasons, had a stint on Broadway and toured North America in “Hairspray” and she was recently cast in the Toronto production of “Jersey Boys”. I had such a great time pretending to be a high school kid with her at the Citadel a few years ago, in the 2003 production of “Grease”. She was way too young to have to go…but she did a lot with time that she did have. We all must try to do the same.

Let’s all try to have good Saint Agatha’s Day.

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2 Comments»

  Hilary wrote @

Great lyrics! I love them

  mpwynters wrote @

I have nominated you for a sunshine award.
Better write another blog though. They don’t just give these out willy nilly you know!


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