BlogOff: Show Tune Syndrome

Each month the blogosphere hosts a “Let’s Blog Off” event where bloggers across the world write about the same topic on the same day. This month’s topic is “That song stuck in your head…“

Ladies and gentlemen you are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery; all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts…thank you.” That contemptuous phrase is the prologue to the musical Chicago. If you began a client design meeting with that phrase, you’d create a memorable impression. Don’t worry, I didn’t begin a meeting with it, however, for one memorable and painful week, I blurted snippets from the entire musical score — an affliction affectionately known as my show tune tourette syndrome.

For a week this past January, for inexplicable reasons, I blurted random stanzas from Chicago tunes at the most inopportune or inappropriate time. At the grocery store, to a neighbor, in church, at meetings, meal time and at bedtime. {Warning – listen to the embedded songs at your own risk. I am not responsible for spontaneous bouts of song-and-dance, but I might join you.}

Shopping at the grocery store I sang “Oh yes, oh yes, they both reached for the gun!” (We Both Reached for The Gun) which encouraged a nearby shopper NOT to take the last bag of Beanitos.

Stacking large storage boxes in the garage, I sang “Though you are stiffer than a girder, they’ll let you get away with murder, razzle dazzle ’em and you got a romance.” (Razzle Dazzle) and noticed a neighbor standing behind me. He decided NOT to borrow my shovel.

Feeding the dog, I trolled “pop, six, squish, uh-uh, cisero, lipshitz – he had it coming!” (Cell Block Tango) The dog laid down, sat, rolled-over, craned her ears and peed.

Tucking the kid into bed I sang “cellophane should have been my name cause you can look right through me, walk right by me and never know I’m there.” (Mr. Cellophane) I admittedly waltzed a little while singing this one. My kid cast a puzzled look and said, “Dad? I can see you.”

While working the refreshment booth at the church social, I crooned “they say that life is tit for tat and that’s the way I live so I reserve a lot of tat for what I’ve got to give.” (When You’re Good to Mama). My fellow parishioner covered her child’s ears, but let him drink the cola I served.

If you endured each of the embedded songs – then my pain is now your pain. If and when my song syndrome returns (probably as a product of writing this article) I hope I don’t transcend the affliction by adding choreography to my tone-deaf tags. But, just in case you’re enraptured with the music and lyrics, I am hosting tryouts in March. See you in Chicago!

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8 thoughts on “BlogOff: Show Tune Syndrome

  1. As I sit in a job site meeting “He had it coming” is going to be playing in my head — hoping I don’t blurt that out!! Great post and love the music!

    • @Ginny,
      If you blurt it out, he did “have it coming!” Don’t be ashamed. There’s a starring role for you in my off-broadway production. You can be Roxy Heart!

  2. I love Broadway musicals and thought this movie was excellent. And yes I have, ahem… danced and sang around my room pretending I was in a jail cell tango in my pajamas. No shame. But I never thought to do it in public to ensure people will leave me alone – well played!

    But seriously, when you’re good to mama…

    PS Did you give your blog a facelift?! It looks awesome!

    • @ModernSauce,
      I knew if I played the right tune, I could tap your inner performer. Lights, camera… @modernsauce

      Thank YOU! Yes, new webface and fresher approach. And thanks to #letsblogoff, I can add equally-effective content.

  3. The Old Razzle Dazzle is business to a fare thee well. I personally didn’t care that much for the musical, but we saw Chicago when it was nominated for those Academy Awards (my wife and I watch as many of the nominees as we can each year), and I have to admit I laughed like hell when Richard Gere performed that one.

    • @Joe,
      Gere’s performance in “Reached for the Gun” was equally humorous; however, I still prefer the stage presentation I saw in 1997.

    • @Welshcakes,
      The music makes the musical and I add this to my list of faves along with Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita… you get the idea.

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