What is your morning jam? You know what I mean. Your go to song when you are heading to work, the song you blast while getting ready for the day, or the song you set as your alarm because it is impossible to hate or, worse, sleep through. Periods of my life are inextricably linked to my morning song, which often reflects whatever I am dealing with at the time. Unsurprisingly, many of those songs have been from musicals. Bungee Dan Fogler , an incredibly annoying frog. One day, while attempting to meet a deadline, Schwinn collapses at his piano and is taken to the hospital where he discovers that he has an arteriovenous malformation and needs to undergo a dangerous craniotomy. While in the hospital, Schwinn is comforted by his well-meaning, if somewhat overbearing, Jewish mother Ana Gasteyer , his seafaring boyfriend Roger Aaron Lazar , and a team of nurses, doctors, and clergy. Schwinn is overwhelmed not only by his condition and the possibility of his death, but also by his desire to write a memorable musical composition before he leaves the earth — an artistic creation for which he will be remembered.
A New Brain , written by the brilliant duo of William Finn and James Lapine, gives audiences life — even when telling a story that is mostly centered around death. I have never woken up in a hospital with a tumor, I have never felt stressed to write an award-winning song for an animated frog, etc. Through the love felt between Gordon and his mother, boyfriend, friends and even hospital nurses, I found myself smiling through the tears all the way through.
Though many of Finn's previous musicals were to some extent autobiographical, A New Brain dealt directly with his own harrowing experience with an arteriovenous malformation and the healing power of art. Finn wrote many of the songs soon after his release from the hospital. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in and has been revived in the U.
Talk about issues with Jehovah's Witnesses etc. If you are worries about her or her family trying to convert you, be honest. The point made was that a parallel can be drawn between interfaith and interracial marriages.