I’m going to be on Broadway…

One of the many things I adore about New York is the magical world of Broadway. In the next life—meaning Heaven—I will be a Broadway star. I will; there is no doubt in my mind. The costumes, the music, the passion... I’m telling you—I will be on Broadway in the next life. (That and I’ll be in a gospel choir… Can you imagine! The ultimate gospel choir staged in the clouds! I’m so there.)

Anyway, this weekend Bryan and I were fortunate enough to acquire seriously discounted tickets to Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.

I thought for a moment I was in Heaven (in fact, I think for a moment there I was)! The evening was spectacular! What an immaculate piece of art. It is visually, emotionally, and even spiritually stimulating. I was in awe. I think I took one, maybe two breaths the whole night! I am absolutely obsessed with the music. I was moved by the talent and the depth of the performance so much so that I cried in nearly every song—whether it was sad or not (And this isn’t even the first time I’ve seen it! I’m kind of pathetic I know.).  It was overwhelming in the most positive way; I was literally paralyzed by the beauty. Loved it!  Thank you for cheap tickets! But mostly thank you Bryan!

And can I throw out there that I am obsessed with music in general! Specifically purposeful music. What I mean by that is, I am obsessed with music shared to convey ones convictions, emotions, and beliefs in the form of song. I love music that encourages listeners to go beyond hearing, and feel. I love the experience of being so consumed by a song that I no longer want to breath, for fear I will miss a note, a word, or a moment. I love music that effectively takes ones breath and causes all to pause in a still shared moment of something outside ourselves, while at the same time bringing us deep within ourselves. I love music that comes straight from the gut. I am awestruck when a singer is so dedicated and so passionate about the message they’re delivering that they can’t help but show it. I love music that evokes emotions we try so hard as a society to suppress, stifle, or minimize. I love music.

I love music shared not necessarily to sound “good” according to the world, but to share and evoke feelings and thoughts. My older sister sings in a choir of adults with special needs. I have attended many of her beautiful concerts. At times not a single choir member is on key; still, you will never hear a more angelic sound. Those concerts are the most moving I’ve ever attended. They are heavenly. They will bring a smile to ones heart faster than anything else.

I love soul music! Soul singers deliver their music with such passion; it is straight from the soul (haha). I laugh, but really, soul music…good soul music is about sharing convictions in the heavenly form of song. It is moving!

I love hymns! LOVE hymns! I love praising and praying to God in the form of a song; I feel such peace when singing the beautiful words of the hymns. The preface from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Hymnal reads, “Hymns can lift our spirits, give us courage, and move us to righteous action. They can fill our souls with heavenly thoughts and bring us a spirit of peace.” I love that. And I second that.

[Sigh]…as I’m sure you have gathered I love music. And I love the Lion King.  Love New York City!

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