It’s time for a Random Thoughts post!
For your amusement and edification,1 I shall now free-associate about the word “company.”
“Company” is a musical by Stephen Sondheim.
I love musicals. My favorite musical-ist (to coin a word) is Stephen Sondheim.
I especially love the musical “Company.”
“Company” is special to me, for many reasons:
- I find the music, lyrics, the book — and everything else about “Company” — very smart.
- Despite critics saying that Sondheim musicals are too cerebral, cold, or (insert any other critical word here), I find his work emotional, illuminating, and all-around excellent — for the mind, heart, and soul.
- When I was in my 20’s, I tried out for a local production of “Company,” and got to sing my heart — and brains — out during several months of rehearsals and performances.
- In many ways, Sondheim has made my life worth living.
Company is something I seek, but also need to balance with alone time.
Connecting with others is very important to me, and something I love to do.
Sometimes, when company is there, I am yearning to be alone.
When I was a little kid in the hospital, I would wait, with every fiber of my being, for visiting hours to begin, so my mother and other people in my life could come and visit me.
Sometimes I feel alone in the company of others.
When I feel less safe and secure (due to external and/or internal conditions), it is especially difficult to tolerate being alone.
Lately (as described here and here), I’ve been using the GPS-type app, Waze, for company, when I drive to and from work. Other helpful company — here in the Blog-o-sphere — have helped me realize that Waze might not be the best company for that situation.
A couple of days ago, to replace Waze during drive-time, I returned to the company of an old musical friend, Pat Metheny:
I had a little trouble deciding which video to include here, but I can never resist this tune (and it reflects my recent experience — listening to the album Pat made with Anna Maria Jopek):
If you don’t have time to watch or listen to that live version (although I hope you do get to check it out, at some point, especially Pat soloing, starting around 4:30) …. here’s a different, short piece from the Pat Metheny and Anna Maria Jopek album, Upojenie:
In many ways, Pat Metheny has helped make my life worth living.
Thanks to Stephen Sondheim, to Pat Metheny, to all those connections that have helped so much, and to you — of course! — for visiting today.
At least that is my intent.
I found that at The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide.
I chose this video, made by the University of Rhode Island about their production of Company, because it suited my purposes and intent for this blog post. Also, Note This: When I use footnote superscripts, I can’t put them on the same line with a video that’s imbedded within a post. So this footnote needs to be hanging out there, alone, on the line, without any company … even if it looks weird.
I found that image here.
Thanks to waltermigratore, and to that lonely superscript number “5”, hanging out in space above.
Thanks to alleviate1. You know what? That last hanging-out-in-mid-air superscript probably doesn’t feel quite alone, having two others just like it, in the same post.