Bringing Broadway Home

Yes, the Corona virus is serious. Its spread is worrying, just as the willingness of people across the country to stay at their posts in retail shops, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and grocery stores is more than admirable.

Still, there are frustrations and tensions as the world attempts to navigate its way through essentially uncharted waters. There’s anger at politicians and hoarders, befuddlement in the face of empty shelves, and a strong desire for easy or quick answers which refuse to come.

Given the realities, a little humor can be a relief, and when a friend passed on this video (thanks, Jeanie!), I laughed all the way through one of the best bits of parody I’ve seen. No, it’s not entirely safe for work, but since most people either aren’t working or are working from home, that’s not much of an issue. Enjoy!

 

 

Comments always are welcome..

50 thoughts on “Bringing Broadway Home

    1. That’s great, GP. Even before his mention of Black Rifle Coffee at the end, I noticed the tee shirt. The fellow who hosts the outdoor show I listen to on the radio’s a great fan of the product — that’s where I first heard of it. The note at the end about the Red Cross and the need for blood’s good, too.

    1. That really is sweet. In times like this, musical talent or showmanship aren’t the point — staying sane and at least relatively upbeat are. I don’t do jigsaws, but I have a little project that’s been sitting in a box in the closet for years. It’s a 3-D model, and I’m no good with IKEA stuff, let alone something with dozens of pieces and moving parts. But this might be the time to give it a try.

  1. Thanks, Linda, for the upbeat video!
    And some more humour in these times: a friend of mine was wondering why people buy so much toilet paper. He was especially wondering because it tastes so bland!
    Stay healthy,
    Pit

  2. Pretty damn funny! Thanks, Jeanie via Linda. So far the Corinavirus hasn’t been too terrible for Miriam and me, other than for the lack of socialization. We get out every day, have been able to buy everything we need, we are well stocked with food and wine, and we like each other’s company. I suspect this might be the new norm for a few more weeks yet.

    1. There have been some shortages in the grocery stores here, but I suspect some people are visiting stores for something to do, and buying in order to justify the trip. The good news is that, like you, I have all I need at present, and I suspect by the time I’m ready for some fresh veggies or fruits, the pressure at the stores will have lessened. My birds and squirrels have all they need, too, since I stocked up on birdseed for them.

      What we really need is some wind and rain to get rid of the pollen, so the sneezing and coughing of allergy sufferers doesn’t leave those around them even more nervous.

    1. I noticed that about the pets, too. In the beginning, I think there were some cautionary notes posted about animals, but the current advice is that Kitty and Doggo are just fine to keep around as companions. Thank goodness!

    1. I don’t think that’s true here — at least, not to my knowledge. In fact, just the opposite seems to be happening. When one shelter was going to have to close down because the caretakers had to be quarantined, every single animal was adopted and went into a forever home.

      1. That’s good to hear. Not so everywhere though, and the issues re buying petfood, and the expense of buying weeks worth has resulted in even more surrenders of pets.xxx

  3. I’m staying busy dealing with the houseflies. I seem to have a plague of them. Danged if I know where they’re coming from. Getting my exercise swatting!

    1. Just don’t swallow one, or we’ll be calling you the medium-old-lady who swallowed a fly! There do seem to be hatches all around, now. I’ve seen dragonflies, and mosquitoes, and the mosquito-eaters are thick. With luck, your visitors will live out this part of their cycle and disappear — I hope so.

    1. I thought it was very well done: clever as well as amusing, and well-performed. I was sure I wasn’t the only one ready for something a little lighter than the daily stats!

    1. I suspect it’s not to everyone’s taste, but when I first saw it, I burst out laughing, and thought, “Maybe there are some others with quirky senses of humor who’ll enjoy it, too.” Deadly serious can be as bad as a deadly virus!

  4. That was great and anything for a smile!! He has a terrific voice, as well. Thanks for passing that along, Linda–stay safe and healthy!

    1. He’s clearly talented, and his ability to sing really made it. The same lyrics wouldn’t have been as much fun if we’d been distracted by poor performance. On the other hand, even the most simple things can bring a smile these days.

  5. Thank you, Linda — we all need a good laugh now and then (perhaps these days more than usual!). What a clever parody, and it’s great hearing show tunes now that Broadway, too, is closed!

    1. I’ll confess that after watching this video, I pulled up the sound tracks from some of the older musicals I’ve not listened to in a while: South Pacific, The Music Man, and of course Oklahoma! It’s good sing-while-you-houseclean music!

    1. Cleverness takes many forms (Jackie’s note to Aaron comes to mind). In this case, all we have to do is sit back and enjoy — kudos to the people who are creating entertainment for us.

    1. I think your readers would enjoy it, too. I suspect there are some who didn’t find this as amusing as we do, but I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled programming today. I do have a photo of the weirdest “whatever” that’s been sighted in the neighborhood, but I’m saving that one for a while.

  6. Thanks for sharing that, Linda. It’s good to have a little comic relief these days.

    On a less comic note but enjoyable as well. There is this

    and for those of us who don’t mind a little questionable language there is this.

    1. I have the piano player above me — but I sure do wish I still had the kitty to go along with the music! I’ve thought a time or two (dozen) about how much Dixie Rose would have enjoyed this quarantine business. She spent all her time in the house anyway, so the only change for her would be more pets, more treats, more snuggle time, and more general companionship.

      1. I know what you mean. I went through that when we lost Murphy. It will be the same with Bentley who basks in my extended home time. He was on my lap almost the entire time I was laid up with WNV and the same during the recent pneumonia stint. Now he has the both of us here pretty much 24/7. I just can’t give him all the attention he desires. And when I come home I might as well have been gone for ever.

        1. That’s where Dixie Rose differed from your dogs. When I’d been gone for more than a day, she’d be under the bed and angry. The longer I was away, the longer it took her to emerge. The most famous example involved my long trip through the midwest. When I got home, she refused to let me into my own bed the first night, and I slept on the sofa. An angry cat is not to be trifled with.

          1. I’ve not experienced kitty anger. I only had one cat many years ago and that was a sad experience.

            Dogs have worked out much better in my case. When I came home from a week in the hospital Bentley greeting me with howls and leaps like a jack in the box. Of course he does the same thing when I go to get the mail.

    1. I don’t know why I get such a kick out of this one, but I do. Part of it’s that the music’s familiar, and partly it’s that he does such a good job with it. I hope Peggy enjoyed it, too!

      1. She loved it Linda. And it brings me to an observation. I absolutely love— and appreciate— the sense of humor that the pandemic has brought out. It is such a healthy way to cope with something that isn’t funny at all. Quite the opposite. And it reveals an American trait that has suffered greatly over the past three years in our country. –Curt

        1. If you want a sense of how much things have changed (and not only in the past three years) go back and watch some Smothers Brothers shows, or listen to the Kingston Trio, or watch a few episodes of All in the Family. Go back even further, to Thurber and Twain and all the ethnic humorists, and a certain number among us would die of shock and horror.

          In certain ways, we’ve become more puritanical than the Puritans ever were, and that’s sad. Humor depends on freedom, spontaneity, a willingness to join apparently unrelated things, and above all a refusal to worry about what others think. As a society, we’re a little short on all those things.

          1. “above all a refusal to worry about what others think” How true, Linda. I find myself biting my tongue a lot, not wanting to add to the divisiveness out there— when I should be speaking out more. –Curt

            1. I think we all struggle with that. On an entirely different note, this may amuse you. The first time I went to the grocery store after people began getting the sense that it was time to do a little panic-shopping, I took a look at the empty counters and shelves, and the somewhat odd things that still were available, and the first thing that went through my mind was, “Heck! This is just like being back at Abi Jaoudi!”
              I had a sudden hankering for tomato paste, Dak canned bacon, and tinned butter.

            2. Oh, Linda, not my memory of Abi Jaoudi’s at all. I was there earlier, however. It was like I had died and gone to heaven. Most important it was air-conditioned! We’d get to Monrovia every two or three months and the super market was always on our list. That, and the movie theater, and the paperback book store, and Oscars. –Curt

  7. It’s great to hear these. I feel I need humor to deal with the ‘pandemic’ dilemma humans must give opinions on, albeit the scientific fact, it’s reasoning at its best and no time for fun.

    1. There’s a line in a Jimmy Buffett song: “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” I think the leavening of humor’s one of the best ways to cope with difficulties. Even in the midst of the most serious circumstances, laughter sometimes breaks out, simply because of incongruity. Once, I was in a car filled with people at a funeral. As we drove into the cemetery, we saw the sign at the entrance: “No Planting Without Permission.” It struck all of us at the same time, and we had a hard time stifling the laughter before we had to get out of the car!

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