Scholar Weblog: There’s Solely This

I used to be obsessive about RENT in highschool. What fourteen-year-old residing in a cloistered, conservative city in the midst of nowhere would not be? Confined by linoleum and fluorescent lights day in and day trip, I skulked the hallways of Bradford Space Excessive Faculty with my headphones jammed into my ears listening to “La Vie Boheme” and dreaming of one thing greater.

RENT was every thing that my life was not: creative, thrilling, passionate. It was a musical of friendship and creativity-of sticking to your goals it doesn’t matter what life threw at you. The music was loud and in-your-face; it jogged my memory of every thing else I used to be populating my teenage hours with-My Chemical Romance, R.E.M., Queen. There have been characters I might latch onto and establish with. (I used to be particularly keen on Mark, wannabe movie scholar that I used to be.)

However, above all, there was poetry. The phrases of RENT enchanted me greater than anything, as a result of, prefer it or not, I used to be and at all times can be a phrase particular person. It stamped itself into my mind and made my coronary heart beat a tattoo towards my chest.

How do you doc actual life when actual life’s getting extra like fiction every day?

There’s solely us, there’s solely this. Neglect remorse, or life is yours to overlook.

To ravenous for consideration, hating conference, hating pretension.

Measure your life in love.

These phrases impressed me. They stored me chasing my goals and refusing to compromise-for higher or worse. Maybe extra importantly, they have been my gateway drug to Sondheim and Schwartz and Kander and Ebb. It was the accessible theatre that paved the way in which for me to understand older materials.

Evidently, too typically, our heroes are those which are gone too quickly. Everyone is aware of the tragic story of Jonathan Larson-now greater than ever with the newly-released Tick, Tick…Growth! on Netflix. Ever since I used to be fourteen, I’ve wished to thank him for the way in which he made highschool bearable for me.

And now, after all, we have misplaced one other nice: the very man to whom Larson and RENT have been indebted. The identical man whose work, I am positive, on which Larson’s adolescence subsisted. Their tales are very different-Larson handed away younger and immediately, which Sondheim, by any definition, lived an extended and full life.

And but it does not really feel like sufficient.

And but, when anyone creates one thing so magnificent, so lovely, so filled with emotion and humor and, sure, shade and light-weight, there may be by no means sufficient time. Whether or not your hero is 35 or 91, their passing will come far too quickly for everyone’s style. The world is usually a darkish place, however to its credit score, it is aware of expertise. Positive, there are the discerning producers and the jaded showbiz varieties that make or break artwork, and there are the wealthy, snooty theatergoers who do not understand how good they’ve it.

However someplace, in some rural bed room or artwork room or rehearsal room, there are children with nothing however a narrative and a far-fetched dream. That is who Jonathan Larson was. That is who he wrote for. Sondheim, too-they wrote for the enjoyment of it, for the expulsion of emotion, for the addition of one thing lovely and dazzling into the world. They wrote in order that sometime, just a few a long time from now, the most popular new playwright or composer will stand onstage and thank them for that first spark of creativeness.

And someplace, one other child can be watching, eyes widening and horizons broadening. The cycle goes on, due to Jonathan Larson and Stephen Sondheim. The lineage continues. Artwork survives.

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