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Jazz, schmazz.

All right, I admit it: I'm just using this entry as an excuse to admire my new icon. Aren't they precious? Don't you think Sean and 'Lijah should consider the Goth look? (Also it amuses me because it looks strangely like an album cover by the Cure, circa 1982. "Angssty Hobbitses," the follow-up EP to "17 Seconds"...) (Sean's not quite as chubby as Robert Smith, though.)

So. 'Chicago' was the big winner at the S.A.G. awards last night. I keep thinking I should see it, because I liked 'Moulin Rouge' and it looks sort of similar, but I can't get excited about it. Deep down I know it's different. 'Moulin Rouge' was a big grandiose mix of music styles, all of them over-the-top romantic; the whole thing was bursting at the seams with...well...freedom, beauty, truth, and love, as they claimed. Despite my cynical exterior I have an alarmingly soft spot for plush, gorgeous romanticism. Meanwhile, 'Chicago' looks sort of hard and snobbish and sophisticated. And, more to the point, I don't like jazz. I mean, I REALLY don't like it. That would surely spoil my enjoyment of 'Chicago' just a tad.

In fact, I'd like to take this space to quote a monologue Bruce McCullough once performed on "Kids in the Hall." In Bruce's usual easygoing way, he said it best:

People say, "What do you hate about poor old Jazz?"

I say, "The sound. The sound that Jazz instruments make when they're being manipulated by Jazz players to the delight of Jazz respondents. I think of it as musical barf."

They say, "I don't think you've given Jazz a chance."

Well, I maintain, I haven't given suicide a chance, but... Well, I did give suicide a chance, but that was only because I was threatened with Jazz. You know. Jazz music.

One thing I hate is being woken up in the middle of the night, when I'm dreaming about, say, promiscuity with dignity, by a rap-tap-tappin' on my window by those guys with goatee things on their faces, saying, "Hey. Can we come in? Beano's clarinet's gettin' wet." And then they go into this sorta Gene Krupa trance. Jazz, schmazz. I'm sorry; I've got to go that far. Jazz, schmazz.

True, I haven't actually seen 'Chicago.' My little sister spent twenty minutes telling me the whole plot, though. I figure that's enough. Give me back my pretty soft-hearted boys in white shirts, and keep your jazz.


Mar. 11th, 2003 07:21 am (UTC)
I don't think it necessarily follows that if you like one musical so you must like the other.

I haven't seen Chicago on film. I have seen it in London on stage - once. Not my favorite. On stage, I found it focused on the dance far more than the music or the plot. And of course, it's by Fosse, so that makes sense. There are a couple of tunes that do stay with you, and I wasn't sorry I went. I do intend to see the movie eventually.

Really, I'm just glad that musicals are making somewhat of a resurgence. It gives me hope that they might eventually film RENT.

One major difference between Moulin Rouge and Chicago is the glaring lack of a gorgeous Scottish boy. Let's have more of him. I'd see him sing in any movie.

And by the by, I'm with you. Can't stand Jazz. I will even go so far as to say that I don't understand it. I like music with a chorus or a bridge or at least a crescendo. I guess I'm pretty pedantic that way.
Mar. 11th, 2003 09:58 am (UTC)
Hahaha I had to comment cause your icon made me laugh out loud!
That was our German teachers' favorite story to tell in undergrad ;)
Mar. 11th, 2003 11:24 am (UTC)
Ich bin ein Berliner!
Yeah, they told that one in my German class, too! I'll bet most German teachers tell it. But the icon actually came from my Eddie Izzard community. He does a very funny routine that includes talking about that speech. If you haven't seen "Dress to Kill", I give it my highest recommendation!
Mar. 11th, 2003 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Ich bin ein Berliner!
Hmmm I shall have to find it. Sounds like something I would be most entertained by.
Mar. 11th, 2003 01:16 pm (UTC)
One major difference between Moulin Rouge and Chicago is the glaring lack of a gorgeous Scottish boy.

Amen. I'd be happy - more than happy - to see Chicago if Ewan replaced Richard Gere. Just a bit biased that way...

Overall, I'm glad too that musicals are coming back. It requires actual talent to sing and dance - talent that I personally don't have, so it's all the more impressive to me when actors prove they can.

And I also love the "donut" icon. :D