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We'll be in Maryville and Cookeville for the holidays. I don't know if we'll get to see everyone, but if you're around, let us know. We won't have time to make it to Nashville, unfortunately.

14 years

Today is our fourteenth wedding anniversary. Holy crap. Our present to ourselves (well, sort of, because we would have done it even without the anniversary as an excuse) is to meet up with two other couples in Munich for a long weekend then hit Benelux. We're going in mid-July, so we really need to buy tickets today. Yay!

Long time

I have been totally neglecting this LJ because I'm so addicted to Facebook now. Sorry. I do come on here occasionally to read what y'all post, though.

Overwhelmed

The last couple of months has been a hard time. One of our cats died, a friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and another just lost her mother. Plus the unimaginable devastation in Haiti. And the stupid senatorial election debacle in Massachusetts yesterday. It feels like a cluster of badbadbad, and especially bad things over which I have no control. Of course, there have been wonderful things during that time, too. My brother is visiting this week. I saw Cate Blanchett's incandescent performance as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. I have a steady job and wonderful friends, and our other cat is being very affectionate. Perhaps it's just winter that makes the bad things feel so much worse than the good things seem wonderful.

To those of you in my life suffering right now, I send you my love. I know there is little I can do to help, but all you have to do is ask.

Memorial Day

I just "adopted" another soldier in honor of Memorial Day and my grandfather, who was a veteran. I'll send a letter once a week and a care package once or twice a month to the soldier I adopted. It's such a small thing on my part to help one of the many people who literally sign their lives over to the service of our country.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am very antiwar and have major issues with the military. But it's wrong for people who serve in good faith to be so neglected by the system while they serve and after they come home. Those of us who are free to safely go about our regular lives can at least offer them some kind words and a few comforts from home.

http://www.soldiersangels.org/

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Spring Awakening LOLs

I love these photos. This guy, Andy Mientus, plays Hanschen in the Spring Awakening tour. One of the scenes has him masturbating on stage. These are photos from him singing at a promotional concert, but, you know.

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Spring Awakening will be at Boston's Colonial Theatre April 28-May 24.

Buy tickets online at http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/Boston.
For more information, check out the Facebook pages below.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47045992275
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boston-MA/Broadway-Across-America-Boston/22923973629

Why I love Spring Awakening, part 2

Here’s some more about what's so special about Spring Awakening that's kept me hooked for so long.

2. Stage seating

As I mentioned in my last post, Spring Awakening has some of the best music I’ve ever seen on stage. In fact, I listened to the cast recording on repeat during my root canal last week, and it made the experience much more bearable. The recorded version is great, but the harmonies in the actual show are even better, and better still when one of the actors is singing them directly into your ear.

Yes, the cast will sing directly into your ear if you see the show from the stage seats. They will also jump around you during the dance numbers. It’s absolutely amazing, an experience that cannot be adequately described in words. So go check it out for yourself. As you watch the video below, just imagine being up there on stage during that song. It’s even better than you could imagine.


Spring Awakening will be at Boston's Colonial Theatre April 28-May 24.

Buy tickets online at http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/Boston.
For more information, check out the Facebook pages below.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47045992275
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boston-MA/Broadway-Across-America-Boston/22923973629


Why I love Spring Awakening, part 1

I know I've been talking about Spring Awakening pretty much nonstop since I saw it for the first time in September 2007. Some of you must be wondering what's so special about the show that's kept me hooked for so long. Or maybe you're not wondering, but I'm going to tell you anyway!

1. The music

I have an internet radio station. Clearly, I love music. Looooooooooooove it. I love music of many kinds, ranging from classic rock to classical, show tunes to folk. Yes, I kind of love show tunes. I could sit all day and listen to Bye Bye Birdie or The Music Man. But I also love less traditional cast recordings like West Side Story, In the Heights, Avenue Q, and Spring Awakening.

Before Spring Awakening, I had no idea how amazing Duncan Sheik is. I knew that one song, Barely Breathing, which was constantly on the radio for a while and nabbed him his first Grammy nomination (he lost to Elton John's Candle in the Wind but he later won for Spring Awakening). I saw him play as part of the Yellow Umbrella tour a few years back (I was there to see K's Choice) and was pleasantly surprised that most of his music was much more substantive than Barely Breathing's bubblegum pop, but I didn't love it enough to really follow his music. However, I've seen live performances of music from three of his musicals now (Spring Awakening, Nero, and Whisper House), and I am completely in love. If this guy writes something for the stage, I WILL BE THERE.

I love how Sheik mixes traditional ballads with bits of folk and punk to create such a powerful score. If I had Spring Awakening on tape instead of on my iPod, it would be worn out by now. I really have listened to it that many times. When I first got the cast recording, I listened to it on repeat all day at work for at least a week (well, except for the NSFW songs The Bitch of Living and Totally F*cked).

I could go on and on about how much I love this music (I suppose I already have), but you should just take a listen for yourself. Go to http://www.springawakening.com/spring_awakening_music_and_video.php and click on the Music tab for samples from all the songs plus full versions of the two most energetic (and least safe for work) songs.



Spring Awakening will be at Boston's Colonial Theatre April 28-May 24.

Buy tickets online at http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/Boston.
For more information, check out the Facebook pages below.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47045992275
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boston-MA/Broadway-Across-America-Boston/22923973629


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So, way back in September 2007, I saw the musical Spring Awakening for the first time. After seeing it a whopping 22 times on Broadway and twice in LA with the tour cast, I STILL LOVE THE SHOW. And you will, too. Please check it out in Boston or when it comes to your town. You'll thank me!

Spring Awakening will be at Boston's Colonial Theatre April 28-May 24.

Buy tickets online at http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/Boston.
For more information, check out the Facebook pages below.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47045992275
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boston-MA/Broadway-Across-America-Boston/22923973629


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Frank

It was so nice to see everyone over the break, but I'd rather have done it at a ReSearch reunion instead of a funeral.

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It's hard to even imagine a world without Frank Bush in it. He was one of a kind.

At the wonderful service the night before the funeral, my dad talked about meeting Frank and Frank getting him to come to Tech. The Bushes were the first people I met when I moved to Tennessee. I babysat Sarah and Stephen when they were young. When Frank's mother moved in with them, I interviewed her on tape so they could have some of her stories for posterity. That's how I knew him as a friend of the family.

Then in college, I went to the Search retreats that he and Sheila helped lead, so we got to know them as adult friends. That's when I realized that Frank was actually funny!

Whenever we came back to town, we would stop by the Computer Center to say hi to Rick Cashion, Joel Seber, and Frank. It's so weird to think of Cookeville without Frank, since he is entwined with pretty much my entire history in Tennessee.

Of course, in addition to missing Frank, I'm pretty freaked out. He was about my father's age. As far as I know he had been in pretty good health. He had gotten in shape several years ago--dropped some weight, started hiking and such. He was hanging out and talking with his family at the holidays and just collapsed and couldn't be revived. I tell you, other than traumatizing your family by dying in front of them (I can't even imagine), that's the way to go. I'm so glad the Bush family had some great times together over the holidays before Frank died.


That's about the most I can really put together in reaction to the ridiculousness of a world without Frank. It just doesn't make sense. And I can't even begin to think about it without crying. So I mostly try to not think about it. Yes, I'm sad about it. But also it just doesn't make sense. Frank was such a huge presence that his absence is just illogical, incomprehensible.