Sunday, March 29, 2020

Showtime - 3.29 #sol20 Story Challenge

My partner and I escaped into a musical last night, watching The Greatest Showman on cable TV. It was cheesy and ridiculous in the ways that most musicals feel to me. The story's overstuffed melodrama swelled predictably only to be resolved with cartoon ease -- which, I'd argue, was just what the proverbial doctor of wellness ordered.

One song from the score is called "This Is Me," and hearing it reminded me of a clip shared years ago at a staff meeting. In that setting, its purpose now dim in my memory, the moment felt like a cheap, manipulative pep talk. It still gave me goosebumps. (Count me among the suckers born every minute, a sentiment though not a quote attributable to P.T. Barnum himself.)

In our present circumstances, I figure who couldn't use that feeling of shivery exhilaration. So, if you haven't seen this short before or even if you have and you just want to experience it again, watch this when you're ready.


  1. That certainly is an inspiring song! I hadn't seen the clip before, and cannot quite figure out how that would work in a staff meeting, but it does make me want to put some more musicals into my movie watching rotation. :-)

  2. I don't know that song but it was enjoyable to watch. It actually inspired me to think about musicals that I love. My top three are Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. As I began dusting the living and dining room, I played Phantom of the Opera. I love "Music of the Night" -
    and I found myself singing at the top of my lungs. So I owe my incredibly exhilarating singing/cleaning experience to your post. Thank you for that.

  3. Thanks, Brian, for reminding me of how it feels to feel exhilarated again. It has been a tough week here on Long Island.