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“You Must Remember This”

A few months ago, I wrote a post How The Lock Down Has Messed With My Brain. Well…let me bring you up to date on what the brain does now.

In in 1992, Joe and I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto, Canada. We both loved it and enjoyed the show.

During lockdown, Andrew started a YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On where one of his musicals would be featured every weekend for 48 hours here in the United States (24 in the U.K.). As expected, one weekend Phantom was featured. It was the 25th Anniversary performance filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. Wow! What a spectacular, spectacular performance.

So I bought the film on Amazon and have watched it a lot.

Masquerade

Act two starts out with a masquerade ball at the Paris Opera House where the attendees are celebrating the new year and a new chandelier The Phantom made the old one come crashing down at the end of act one. There is a lot of singing and dancing by a company of over 100 people.

Then the Phantom makes his appearance dressed in a flaming red hat and robe and wearing a skeleton mask. He informs the managers of the opera house that he has written a new opera, Don Juan Triumphant, and expects them to perform it. The Phantom’s true love, Christine Daae is to sing the lead instead of the current soprano Carlotta Guidicelli.

Before he lights up the hall with shooting flames and disappears, he tells the managers one thing to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to have their company do the Don Juan opera.

“Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera musical.
Photo by Ashwin Alok on Pexels.com

Well….

Anytime something strange happens in the world I am singing that line “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

  • Murder Hornets – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Poisonous Blue Slugs – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Lockdowns Extended – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Slow re-openings – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Saharan Dust Clouds – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Riots – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Looting – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Murder Cops – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Mandatory Masks – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • The Constitution Shredded – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

Yep. Anything that happens, my mind just keeps repeating that line from Phantom. Guess it is a coping mechanism.

My Dad’s cousin was a psychiatrist in Las Vegas decades ago, he would have a field day trying to analyze my brain. He’s probably up there in heaven telling Dad “Don’t worry, Bill. Her strange brain proves she belongs in our family.”

At least I am not having anymore nightmares about murder, rape and escaping to a neighbor’s house.

No matter what happens this year, remember things could always be worse which is the true meaning of “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

“Help Me Make The Music Of The Night”

Twenty-Seven years ago tonight, Joe and I danced to The Music of the Night from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

We saw the The Phantom of the Opera in 1992 in Toronto, Canada. He loved it even though his taste in music was not musical theater but Def Leppard, AC/DC, and Depeche Mode.

I decided that the music for our bridal dance had to be something different, something other than a mushy pop love song. So I selected The Music of The Night. Joe loved the idea.

Tonight I will be enjoying an Oreo Cheesecake Blizzard from Dairy Queen as my quiet celebration of a wonderful, joyous event that happened 27 years ago.

Sarah Brightman as Christine and Michael Crawford as the Phantom (Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals YouTube Channel)

You alone can make my song take flight.

The Music of the Night by Andrew Lloyd Webber / Charles Hart / Richard Stilgoe
June 19th, 1993

For 14 3/4 years we made each other’s song take flight as we helped each other make our own music of the night.

Thank you my dear Joe for the honor of being your wife.

I will always love you.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

“Love Never Dies”

Joe and I traveled to Toronto, Ontario in 1992 to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece “Phantom of the Opera.”  Joe and I both loved it.  So much so that when time came to choose a song for our first dance we chose “Music of the Night.”  I figured it was long enough that after about a minute of us dancing, the DJ could introduce the bridal party.  Well the DJ still waited until the song was 3/4 over before doing the introductions.   Joe and I were not good slow dancers.

So “Phantom of the Opera” was always special to us.

Sequel

Some time ago I heard that Andrew was working on a sequel to Phantom that took place in Coney Island.  My first thought was “Oh, Andrew WHAT are you doing?”  I am not a fan of most sequels as they usually do not live up to the original book, movie, musical etc…

Today

Well, I have been chillin’ out today because I do not feel good.  So I turned on the TV.  I was trying to get to the ‘”Pay Per View” movie channel and typed something wrong.  Instead I got the list of local channels.  There was the listing for PBS and at 3 p.m. they where airing “Love Never Dies” as part of their pledge drive.   So I took a chance and watched it.

Andrew Delivers

Andrew does it once again.  I was skeptical about the original “Phantom”, after all how do you have a chandelier  crashing down night after night, and then there is the small item of the lake beneath the Paris Opera House.  He delivered then, and he delivered now.

Style

For you Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, it is typical Andrew style – bold, lush, lavish, and powerful.  I know a lot of critics do not like Andrew because of his style, but that is precisely why I like him.  I love bold and powerful music.  Wimpy, winy songs, like the one by The Beatles “that MUST NOT be named,” have no place in my music collection.

Plot

The story line ties very well with “Phantom” as does the music.  Now I am not going to reveal what happens, you are just going to check your local PBS listings or buy the movie on  Amazon.  All I will say is if you remember how “Phantom” begins, then you know how “Love Never Dies” ends.

Song Catalog

I will share some lyrics from a few songs that resonated with me.

Have you ever yearned to go

Past the world you think you know?

Been enthralled to the call

Of the beauty underneath?

“The Beauty Underneath”

Look with your heart and not with your eyes

The heart understands, the heart never lies

Believe what it feels and trust what it shows

Look with your heart, the heart always knows. 

“Look With Your Heart”

Love never dies

Love never falters

Once it has spoken

Love is yours

“Love Never Dies”