Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Can I Get a Napkin, Please?" ~ Or~ Musicals. They Kill Me. (Possibly My Favorite Post)

In my high school hey-day, it used to be that there were cool jocks, drama/band nerds, motor heads, geeky smart kids, and "extras," like the kid who somehow worked 60 hours a week at Wendy's and yet was still a living student. I was a fairly smart kid (No math! Death to math!) with strong leanings toward "extraness." One thing I wasn't: a drama/music nerd.

Confession: I never liked Grease. Peer pressure wouldn't allow me to admit it then, but I can now.

Yes, tragic as it is, the musical appreciation gene skipped me. Thus, you can see that High School Musical and Mama Mia are lost on me. Yea, pain inducing.

In fact, when I recently went to see Mama Mia with my group of girlfriends, one kept repeating, "I want to sit by Linda just so I can watch her squirm." (Please turn your attention to the first pic of this post.)

So how did this happen: I have two daughters who are musically inclined, who have had leads in musicals and parts in civic productions. Oh, the irony! (These may be the only musicals I've ever enjoyed, btw).




When all three of my kids were little, one of their favorite shows to watch was CATS, the undisputed dumbest of all musicals. "Wicked" kept my friends juiced for months. In sum, the people whom I love most in this world love the musicals. Musicals make their world go round. Musicals make my stomach go round.

Why is this my fate? Why must I constantly be reminded that I'm an outcast? If life were a musical, right now I'd be slowly climbing to the top of my computer desk, clutching the keyboard to my chest singing, "Whyyyyy is this my faaaaaate?"

So when I came across this video, I nearly died laughing. The people in the courtyard are MY people. Their expressions are MY expressions. I must find these people. Because the other people in my life are like the singing people. And although I love people who can sing about their woes as well as triumphs, I am often lonely on my anti-musical road.

Fellow anti-musical nerds, are you out there? In the words of Yentl, "People, can you hear me? People, can you see me?"

If you are out there, please raise your voice in my comments section. This is not the time to lurk. This is the time to "sing." Without actually singing, of course.

So I now present: "Can I Get a Napkin?" with the wonderful lyric: "I promise we're not wasting trees."


56 comments:

Denise said...

I thought I was the only one out there! BTW, love your new profile pic! LOL

Chatty Kelly said...

Oh Lid. I LOVE musicals. I can't help you here. I loved that video and I would be one singing along and applauding!

My 4 year old is sitting in my lap as I type this and she is singing "Can she get a napkin please?" So I think she likes musical toos.

LOVED the video, I'll be singing it all day!!

Tabi said...

Oh my! The expressions on those peoples faces watching the whole thing is just priceless! Some of them actually looked really mad about it! Hahahahaha....love it!

skoots1mom said...

funny...hope you gets lots of anti-musicals to write in with their support

My husband doesn't like musicals either unless they involved 50-60's music...then he'll tolerate them. I enjoy music, many kinds, many styles, so that's why i enjoy musicals...there were parts of mama mia i liked and disliked...Pierce gave me moments of pain but i'll give him kudos for being that brave...cause i did laff a lot in the film for their busting loose and having fun. it was nice to watch them NOT take themselves so seriously.

Chatty Kelly said...

As someone who is not musical, you probably don't realize that now I will be singing the napkin song ALL day. Thanks a LOT! *grin*

and...CAN I GET A NAPKIN PUULLLEASE!!

Gwendolyn said...

Um...I feel guilt because I have to tell you that I LOVE musicals. But I couldn't help but comment after that video...I sat here laughing out loud and now I am going to have to make my entire family watch it.

Patrice said...

That is a riot!! I think I might be sing..."I need a napkin...pleassssssssse" all day!

msdebbiea said...

Me, who normally "lurks" is SINGING the same song you are. . .I am a LOVER of music, but have yet to find a musical I care for!!!! :)
Oddly enough, I make up my own songs and sing all day long~~go figure?????

The Patterson 5 said...

I love musicals but my husband, well, not so much. He grew up in an extremely musically talented family yet he does not enjoy musicals or operas. You are doing better than he. He would not go to the movies to see a musical even if dragged. I enjoyed the clip! It made me giggle! What a surprize for the food court goers!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Msdebbiea: I knew you ad it in you! You posted here! Yay!

Added thought: I'm sure these friends who love the musical will probably hijack my funeral and sing "Memories."

Darlene R. said...

WOW! LOL! That was terrible, absolutely terrible!

I love music but musicals make me roll my eyes. I did see Mamma Mia and I like some of the tunes, but the whole singing EVERYTHING just about killed me.

THIS would have been more than I could handle!!

Smilingsal said...

LOL I've seen this before, but I enjoyed it again.

BUT - you "never liked Grease?" Wrong again! It's not time to admit it!

I lived Grease. humfph!

Beverlydru said...

The clip was hilarious.
But I love musicals. I would have to send Builderman over to commiserate with those who hate musicals. Funny how the ONLY one he has EVER liked was when our cupcake was Sandy in Grease. Nothing like putting your child center stage to change everything.

Mocha with Linda said...

No Grease?! What about Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, My Fair Lady? That's blasphemy, girl!!

This was hilarious! I sat there smiling the whole time. So clever! The people's reaction was indeed hilarious. But they clapped!

Sorry to dissent. Hope you don't throw this Lid in the trash.

Laurie Ann said...

I have found one musical in my lifetime that I love, and that's Chicago. Of the Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago. But there was as much talking as there was singing in it.

Other than that, Grease was *so* not the word for me, either, and I roll my eyes at South Pacific, yea, even the Sound of Music.

The people in this food court lasted longer than I would have. I'd have choked down that meal and been outta there. I'm weird that way. No spontaneous disturbances with loud outbursts of singing! Visions of someone yanking me up and asking me for a napkin...um, no! Stop da music, I say!

I love "controlled" music. Pre-set stations on the radio, CD's, and music in church.

Other than that, music grates on my nerves.

Susanne said...

I'm sorry Linda, I really, really wanted to tell you that I too hate musicals but I just can't. I love them. Are we still friends? I promise I'll never force you to site through one.

Loved that video btw. Cracked me right up!

Liz said...

I must admit that I love musicals. Sorry.
That video was hilarious! I wish I had been there.

40winkzzz said...

Well, I actually stopped by to invite you to drive all the way up from Muncie to watch my kids perform in the Jungle Book musical, but I guess I won't now. ;-)

I do not share your distaste for musicals. Opera, yes, but I like musicals. "The hiiillllls are aliiiiiive, with the sound of muuuuusiiiiiic....." And this, this "Napkin" thing was great. I need to send that to a few people.

Sharon said...

That was TO DIE FOR! Where do you FIND these hilarious things?! Sadly, I am unable to join the ranks of your "Musical Haters Club" -- I would have totally been the girl in the colorful hat had I auditioned. Maybe you saw my work as a townsperson in Lil Abner, in middle school (1978)? My musical resume ends there, although I've been known to do a mean Olivia Newton John at karoke night.

DidiLyn said...

That was enjoyable in so many ways! What a perfect way to start my day!
I humbly thank you. I owe you for sharing that treasure with us.
It just proves you can sing about anything.
LOVED IT.

Mrs. Who said...

Can't agree with you here. I LOVE musicals!!

April in CT said...

Oh my WORD!! As much as I can't STAND a musical, that was brilliant!!!! I laughed so hard and it's not advisable to drink coffee and watch this video.

I'm so glad to know I'm not alone in my strong dislike of musicals. I just don't *get* it.

Isunji said...

That was too funny!!! I'm sorry I happen to enjoy most musicals, although I agree 1000% with you assessment of "cats"

I have to laugh because I have a good friend who also hates musicals and we all went to see Prince of Egypt when it came out (incedentally we didn't take any kids - just the 10 of us adults! LOL!) So it comes to the scene about the burning bush and she leans over to me and says, "I swear if God starts singing, I'm getting my hat and coat and I'll meet you all in the car!" I laughed so hard I missed the next 25 minutes of the movie.

Off to get a napkin! Hilarious!

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

I saw MAMA MIA in New York and I loved it!!!!!!! My hubby and I love musicals and I cannot wait to share this YouTube with him.

Barbara H. said...

The expressions on the mall customer's faces are just priceless!

I guess I am a selected musical lover. I enjoy the ones I know but there are many I have never seen, and of the ones I know, there are a few songs that I'd cut out that I don't think add anything, and I think some of them do drag in places.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I CANNOT STAND MUSICALS!!! I heart you Linda.

People breaking out in song and dance in the middle of a movie...WHAT?!? WHY?!? Why ruin it with singing and dancing?!?

I also don't like classical music or big band or 4 part harmony...all of which my children will probably do someday :)

Love this post :)

Brenda said...

I don't really care for musicals. We rented Rent one time, and got about 2 minutes in before we punched ourselves in the face. Okay, we just turned it off.

Dena @ Green Acres said...

Ok, I'm in tears here from laughing at that video. I even snorted! LOL

I'm with you on the down with math thing. Math needs to be illegal. However, I am one who loves musicals...well, good musicals. Not ones like Xanadu. Even I have my limits.

You have made my day, and I know that tonight when I set the table I will be giggling when I place the napkins.

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

I love musicals SOOOOOOO much! Going to seven musicals in two days on Broadway would be my biggest dream come true! :)

I thought this was the best and I would have been LOVING it if I was in that food court. :) I'm going to make all my family watch this and then sing the chorus anytime they need a napkin. CAN I GET A NAPKIN PLEEEEEASE?

Cyndy said...

I actually like most musicals but have always thought it weird that you could get a whole group of people to sing the same song "impromptu". As if it were some ordinary event in life! Anyway, totally laughed and guffawed at the napkin ensemble! I think my favorite guy was the guy at the end who wadded up his napkin and tried to throw it at the singers.

Debbie said...

Why is it that our kids always love what we hate? Love the video and I could feel the discomfort those poor people felt. Love when the lady tosses the baby over her head!

samurai said...

I can tolerate musicals - but my beloved cannot! LOL... I think it 'interesting' that God would give you TWO such talents within your family. :)

Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor? LOL

Breanne said...

I am with you!! unless you count Disney Cartoon movies as musicals the I am out.

Tina said...

That video is HYSTERICAL! I loved the security guy.

sara said...

Linda, Linda, Linda.....I have so missed your blog the last couple of days!!!

That was hilarious and everyone in the church office is coming over to see what I am laughing about!! I may have to sing that at the dinner table sometime!!!

Sue J said...

OK...can I have a napkin, 'cause I just blew yucky nose gunk across my monitor!?

No lie, I was putting on my jeans this morning singing "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat!" from Guys and Dolls. You just can't take the musical out of the girl once it's in there.

And that so looks like our mall here, except I don't think we have those "costumes." Where can you audition for the traveling company?

My ADHD Me said...

LOVED IT! I had to watch it twice. If I had your address I would mail you a napkin!!

Funny thing is I LOVE musicals. Yesterday I posted about the Whirling Dervish (thanks to you), and many of my comments (most by me of course) are about musicals.

I bet when I show this video to my son he will download it to his ipod.

Genny said...

I have to admit, I loved Grease. I love musicals. :)

Debbie said...

Okay, I'm no help, just another of your friends who likes musicals.
Sorry.

You didn't even like Grease, really?

The video was hillarious.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I hate to break this to you, my dear friend, but I think there were a great number of people who were enjoying the musical-esque display...once they got over the the shock of the inappropriate location! :-)

Did you hear them clap at the end?? Yes, they enjoyed it.

I do love musicals...although, I will admit I really have to be in the mood for them.

When I saw Mama Mia, I had no idea. Was I in for a shock...

But Seven Brides for Seven Brothers? You didn't like that???

Oklahoma!?

SHOW BOAT??? "Ol' man riverrrr..."

Come on, you can do it!!

servantsheart said...

That may very well be the funniest thing I have ever seen! I love the comments at the very end.."hey, that janitor is still cleaning up." I love it!!

Edie said...

Laughing hysterically!!!
Ok I have to agree with you...
.... that this might be your best post ever...
...But I do enjoy musicals and this one might just be one of my favorites. After watching the expressions of those in the crowd I was actually embarassed for the performers, but only at first. What guts!

Loved it as usual.

Edie said...

I'm back for that 2nd cup! Kidding. I just have to say that you are as brave as those singers in your choice of profile pictures. LOL Too funny.

Robin Lambright said...

Another Musical lover here. I actually own a copy of south pacific, guys and dolls, sound of music, wizard of oz etc….. but I take comfort in the fact the scriptures tell us to make a joyful noise, we do not necessarily have to be on key. When I want to torture my 13 year old I will burst into a chorus of “Bloody Mary is the girl I love” or “I’m gonna wash that man right outaa my hair!” it certainly gets her outta my hair and sends her screaming back to her room.

Marina said...

I like musical but... I did not like
mama mia it was really bad so bad I got up and left the singing was awful,marina

Linda said...

Oh my...you don't like GREASE! My very favorite musical and I can sing almost all the words! LOL

If i was at that mall and that happened, I would have LOVED it!

Kelley said...

Now that is the world I want to live in. In fact, much to my children's embarrassment I break into songs like that quite often!! We have all enjoyed this post very much thanks for sharing!!!

PJ said...

I loved it!! So of course I check out all the other Improveverywhere. ...okay not all, but i PERUSED all of them!!! FUN!!

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Oh my! This goes with the comment I always say when watching some musicals ... "oh yeah, like they're gonna really break out in random song and dance, and it will be well choreographed." Too funny.

Phyllis@Aimless Conversation said...

Oh my goodness! What a great gem of a You tube clip. I couldn't stop laughing!

Your post brought to mind the conversation in a new favorite musical of mine, "Enchanted." When Giselle begins to break into song while they (her and Patrick Demsey's character) are walking through Central Park. You can probably relate to him during this clip...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRYU4cqUAUs

I think musicals are a delightful diversion from real life. But we can still be friends. =)

Connie said...

You are crazy and I love it! I also love musicals and drag my husband and whoever else will go. I do NOT have a musical bone in my body but have always wanted to be a tap dancer since I was little.

Connie

Teri~Facedown said...

I make everything into a song...yes, I would fit well into a world of musicals.

Sorry you hate them...

Ballerina Girl said...

Oh My Gosh...
I am so totally opposite you and a such a musical liker!
I was rolling out laughing watching this...it just seems like I should have been there...
This was HYSTERICAL!
Thank you for sharing...and it's our differences that make the world go 'round...at least you still share musicals!
BG

Lois E. Lane said...

That is one of the best things I've ever seen, and not just on video :) My husband will join you in that courtyard (even though I frequently remind him of his hypocracy for loving the movie "White Christmas," which is indeed a musical).

ann said...

I freakin' LOVED this! Got a huge kick out of the janitor! I love musicals too. I feel the same way about scrapbooking as you feel about musicals haha! Loved this, Linda!

Roxanne said...

I do not love ALL musicals. . .but I do have some favorites. That video. . .HILARIOUS. Loved it.