Wednesday, November 30, 2005

total sap

As anticipated I went and saw the movie version of Rent over the holiday weekend.  And loved it.  Of course.  There were high points and low points. 
I'll start with the low points just to get them out of the way.  The direction sucked, fortunately not enough to take away from the story or music.  Rosario Dawson was "eh", not really a powerful singer, but her presence made up for it in the most part. 
The high points were some excellent new variations of the music, so much so that I still got chills.  Some of the things they did to cover up Rosario's weakness actually improved upon the original version.  The original cast, my god they were amazing, especially since they have had years to perfect and mature these parts into an art form.  Most of all, it hit me today that this story and theme can now travel to every little town all over the world, regardless to access to Broadway or traveling shows.  There are people who have not been touched by the story of Rent!  Now they can.  Again, so tragic and how poignant that the man who so deeply imbedded "no day but today" into a musical died on opening night.  
Because I am such a fanatic, I bought the movie soundtrack even though I already own the Broadway one.  While walking to work this morning, the new version was playing on my ipod and "Another Day" came on with the movie arrangement.  And I started to cry.  One minute I'm thinking about lunch and the next I'm a total wreck tearing up in the middle of the street.  Really:
I can't control
My destiny
I trust my soul
My only goal is just
To be
There's only now
There's only here
Give in to love
Or live in fear
No other path
No other way
No day but today...

Every day we push on.  For what, for why?  Just to be.
Yes, I am a sap.  So sue me.


Anonymous said...

Hey Bridget, I haven't seen RENT yet, but I can't wait to. Isn't that the most moving song?! I will always remember on Christmas Eve in 2001 when my dad had been given 6 months to live and he was saying that he really wanted to go to Las Vegas but my mom and dad were worried that they didn't have enough money, it'd be too difficult to travel, etc. etc., I told my dad that his new slogan had to be NO DAY BUT TODAY and I played the song for them. I told them that no matter what they wanted to do, I would help them do it and that they were going to go to Vegas on me for New Years. NO DAY BUT TODAY! Unfortunately, he died that night.....but he was so excited about the thought of that trip. There really is no day but today!

Anonymous said...

maybe you should share the new rent soundtrack and the avenue Q's with your previously mentioned :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Rockstar!
After reading about your 'coinkydink' night and your Rent post... I had to post that in Albuquerque I used to live across the street from a lady who helped manage things for Jonathan Larson's parents after his death. (It's not nearly as cool as seeing Stevie Wonder in person!!!)