Day 389: Company

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.”

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“Company” is special to me, for many reasons:

  1. I find the music, lyrics, the book — and everything else about “Company” — very smart.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

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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):

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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:

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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.


  1. At least that is my intent.

  2. I found that at The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide.

  3. 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.

  4. I found that image here.

  5.  Thanks to waltermigratore, and to that lonely superscript number “5”, hanging out in space above.

  6. 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.

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21 thoughts on “Day 389: Company

  1. To this day, Pat Metheney does things with a guitar I cannot understand. Brilliant!
    Sometimes, the company with you is just right, whether you want loud and raucous, or very quiet.

    (And a shout out to the Electric Company!)

    • I have seen Pat play live so many times since the 70’s that I have lost count, but I remember as plain as day the first time I saw him at the Paradise in Boston. My mouth dropped open in amazement and I felt like the music I had been waiting for all my life was right there, a few yards away from me.

      Thanks for this comment, which had just the right volume level.

    • Did you make another comment here, about seeing Stanley Jordan for the first time? I’m wondering if I somehow lost that or misplaced that. In any case, I’m always glad to see your comments.

      • Yep, the Stanley Jordan one was me.
        Did I end up in Spam?

      • Maybe. It somehow disappeared. I’ll see if I can find it.

        That’s weird. It showed up via email but never made it to the post. Here is El Guapo’s comment:

        That’s exactly how I felt the first time I saw Stanley Jordan! I went by myself to catch him at Birdland. A friend of mine said I hadn’t seen anything until I heard his music while watching him play.

        Once he came on, I sat there for ninety minutes with my mouth hanging open.
        A revelation is the only way I can describe it.

  2. Pat Metheney is incredible. Great post today, and to get anyone moving on a frigid Friday.

    • Hey, Chris! Thanks for this comment, which helped get me moving on this friggin’ freezing and frigid Friday. Always great to see you here.

  3. I too need to balance company with alone time — and when I’ve had too much ‘company’, I become erratic and hyper active. Not a good combination!

    • If I have Too Much company and/or Too Much alone time, I too feel out of balance. Thanks for sharing your insights and experience today, Louise.

  4. As a senior in high school I actually go to sing some of the songs by Sondheim in a little medly-type production of his work. I still remember parts of “Another Hundred People”, one of the songs I sang. Probably out of my league even now. 😉

  5. I know that when my name turns up on the same page as yours, Ann, I am in good company. Now I know you appreciate Pat Metheny, too. That is just a little less thrilling to me than when I discovered our co-love of potato pancakes. More people know about Metheney, I think, thanks to that guitar, synth, and titles such as “When Wichita Falls, So Falls Wichita Falls.” Have a great Friday.

    • I am having a great Friday, Mark, thanks to the company I’m keeping today, including you. I’m so glad you love Pat, too; I guess that doesn’t surprise me. Have a great time in Syracuse this weekend, no matter what the weather or whether there are falls.

  6. Hello! Just stopping in to let you know I adore your blog, and that I have nominated you for a Liebster award, which is a writing challenge too! If you’d like to find out about it, check this post out! I hope you’ll accept! http://laurieanichols.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/the-liebster-award/

    • Hi, Laurie! I just recently made an announcement, on my About page, about my “policy” regarding WordPress awards: that is, I accept the acknowledgement with authentic gratitude, but don’t take any other actions. Your use of the word “adore” — in your nomination — is an enormous gift to me. Thank you so much for your visits, your comments, and your supportive appreciation. They mean the world to me.

      • I forgot to add, don’t feel obligated in any way, I just wanted to let everyone know that you blog is a great place to visit and get some great insights. It’s all about sharing. 🙂

      • Thanks so much for being so sharing and giving, Laurie. And, I forgot to add, congratulations on receiving the award!

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