In the blink of eye July has ended and August has begun. As time flies by, people like me are attempting to keep up with the fast-pace of the world while also simultaneously trying to get ahead of the curve, and remembering how important it is to slow down and take time for yourself. Trying to do three conflicting things at one time proves to be a bit difficult. Imagine playing catch up, working to get ahead and also remembering to take a pause all at the same time. You probably do it, too, without realizing it. Sometimes it’s better that way.
I was listening to my music on shuffle the other day while driving and I came across an older country song that I hadn’t heard in a few years. Instead of pressing skip, like I normally do if I can’t sing a-long word for word, I decided to give the old song a re-listen. Wow, am I glad I did. It may sound dramatic to some that a song, or lyrics in a song, can resonate so personally to different individuals lives. But, that is definitely the reason I love music as much as I do. Anyways, as I was humming a long to the tune I really listened to the words and it got me thinking.
The rich thematic landscape of Topdog/Underdog is evident from the first moment that would-be dealer Booth, as he practices, and seems to engage the audience in, a rousing game of Three Card Monte. At least to me, combined with what vague knowledge I had of the play’s themes going in, it was impossible not to notice the dark implications of a line like “if you pick the black card you pick a loser.”
In today’s world, there’s very few things that bring large groups of people together. There’s a few obvious reasons for this. A worldwide pandemic that instilled fear and discomfort into all Covid victims and Americans becoming more divided than ever before from increasingly strong opposing political and social views. However the things that do bring people together, especially in large groups, are so much more special because of their rarity.
Taylor Swift, the universally loved and multi-Award winning talented singer/songwriter is one of those aforementioned things that can bring a large group of people together. And by large, I mean over 70,000 people. Together. At the same time.
The “7 friendship” theory has existed for well over a long time, but thanks to the biggest social media platform TikTok, it has become a new trend for users of the platform to create and share the aforementioned viral videos. You usually learn about friendship statistics and theories in philosophy class by a philosopher who focused their efforts on studying friendship patterns throughout History. I did at least. But, it wasn’t until a 60-second slideshow put to fun music featuring the seven types of friendship, that I learned what the “7 Friends” theory was.
Successful writer, notorious name dropper, and unapologetic social climber, Truman Capote was all these things and more. His closest friends were among the richest and most famous names in Hollywood and of the Park Avenue jet set. They loved and adored “Tru” until the day in late 1975 he allowed Esquire Magazine to publish a chapter from his unfinished semi-fictionalized novel “Answered Prayers” that exposed the deepest and darkest secrets of his nearest and dearest pals.
The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts (PPTOPA) presents a reimagined production of the classic musical Pippin April 15-30, 2023. With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, the PPTOPA production is set in the Summer of Love 1967, the year Stephen Schwartz wrote the musical while a student at Carnegie Mellon University for the Scotch & Soda Club.
This Month, February 13th to be exact, marked my two year “workiversary”. I had to read that a few times before it really sank in. I mean two years? Where does the time go? Even when the days feel slow, the weeks fly by. Then you blink and a year goes by. Before you realize it, you are two years deep into your marketing career and absolutely loving your time doing it.
I turned 25 this month. And what a crazy 25 years it’s been. 25 years made up of days I thought my world was ending to the days so good I didn’t want them to end. Years of rough patches and loss. Years of losing loved ones, learning the harsh truth of outliving people at just the age of 25. Together, those difficult years mixed with years of success and immense happiness have led me to where and who I am today.