Thursday, September 13, 2007


I just never understood the whole concept of a musical. Everything is going along as normal in the movie and then suddenly for no apparent reason everyone breaks out in song and dance! And nobody else around the dancing zealots seem to think that anything unusual is occurring. I just don’t get that. When in real life do you ever see this kind of thing?

I think they should have a musical reality TV show and try this out in the real world. Wouldn’t that be weird? Ok, no weirder than half the other reality TV shows out there. I read somebody’s blog about reality TV and they likened it all to “bully mentality” meaning the point is to isolate and/or embarrass the participants; exactly what bullies do. Great point and I haven’t watched them since. But I digress…

Have you ever really seen high school kids this optimistic and coordinated? Also, when is that whole pants falling down look going to end? It was stupid when it started and I just can't believe its still popular. But I digress...

Don’t get me wrong. There are musicals I like. West Side Story was great! I liked Chicago. They're just weird in concept! Of all the wacky things they did on Seinfeld, did you EVER see them suddenly break out in a song and dance number? Good God no!! Think how surreal some shows would be with an unexpected song and dance routine.

There’s Captain Kirk at his chair with Mr. Spock by his side and Bones saying “I told you so” when suddenly Sulu leads them into a song and dance number so bizarre that the Klingons flee never to be seen again!

Suddenly Radar comes running in with a solo while Hawkeye and BJ dance around with the nurses in a coordinated little dance number. The Korean war might have ended early!

Of course, were they to do it on Lost or X Files I guess that might be ok because it is so out of place it could easily be explained.

And this concept of applying the musical to a Western. Well that is just wrong! I mean, I'm no history major but I believe that if you did this back in the wild west you'd probably be shot!

Perhaps that was what all the Salem witch trials were all about. People were just trying to put out a musical and went into song-and-dance mode and everyone else shouted "witch". A tough time to be an artist I guess.

Ah, but they'll continue to make them and I'll continue to accept them for what they are and all the time be thinking....WTF!


Serena said...

I wouldn't mind seeing "Dubya: The Musical." Wouldn't that blow some minds?:-)

Kurt said...

And then when the song is over, everyone acts like it never happened.

Nessa said...

Maybe the crazy guy singing and dancing down the street is lost in a musical. I never considered that before. Another mystery solved.

Camille Alexa said...

Don't tell me you don't watch scrubs?

What about the musical poo episode?

robkroese said...

I can't stand musicals. Does the Wizard of Oz count as a musical? That was kind of cool, but only because of the flying monkeys.

Ed said...

sj - The mere thought has already blown my mind.

kurt - Exactly! What's up with that?

goldennib - Now that's a good observation. I think your right!

camille - Sorry, I don't watch any TV series (weird, huh?). But thanks for the link. That is what I'm talking about...deeply disturbing! Did you see those other people in the hospital simply unphased by a bunch of medical professionals singing about poo? I just don't understand! (it was funny watching that in a creepy embarrassing sort of way though...I kept wanting to thell them they look like idiots singing about poo)

diesel - Flying monkeys make everything cool. I always keep a few around for emergencies. Don't worry, I won't tell anyone you like a musical (yes; Wizard of Oz counts as one).

Unknown said...

One title stands out in my head for when I think of "bad musical western"- Two Mules for Sister Sara. Clint Eastwood (and I think Lee Marvin) singing?

I tend to dig most musicals I have seen. "Singing in the Rain" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" stand out in my mind as just perfection. I really could not imagine either story done without the music to be honest.

Disney cartoons, on the other hand, need to lose every song ever sung in them (except Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho because bearded short people singing amuses me.

Scary Monster said...

Me not much fer watchin musicals nor is me a fan of the Busby Berkely swim along extravaganzas, but me do like to break out in song at the most inopportune moments. Most recently were when me were getting a rectal-ramoscopy. Moooooooon River. Couldn't do much dancin though.


Camille Alexa said...

When you're a Jet you're a Jet all the way from your first cigarette to your last dyin' day.

Jenny! said...

Gag me with a spoon...musicals suck!

Ed said...

Kan - You're right...the Disney songs must die!

sm - Anything rectal require a breakout in song I think too!

camille - When you're a Jet,
You're the top cat in town,
You're the gold medal kid
With the heavyweight crown!

jenny - Come on Jenny. You secretly sang to Grease!