Last Friday, I had the chance to see the musical Once at the Des Moines Civic Center. Already one of my favorite movies, Once immediately solidified itself as my favorite stage production ever. I could write a 10,000-word blog post and still never cover all the reasons why I like it so much. All I can tell you is to see it if you have the chance.
The story centers around a young Irish man who is a “busker,” which is simply a person who performs in public places for gratuities. In this case, he’s a singer-songwriter who plays original tunes on a beat-up acoustic guitar, most of which center around lost love. He’s ready to give up — both on music and life — because he senses that most people are just walking by, not paying a bit of attention to the art that has consumed his entire life. He feels his music impacts no one.
It’s easy to relate, isn’t it? Whether it’s performing music or simply going to work every day, we can fall into the miserable trap of believing our lives Continue readingby