This is for Marley, and don’t forget Marley

A photo of the old theater I took at Nutcracker

Merry Christmas! If anyone is reading this today, I’m grateful for your time and hope you have a wonderful new year. Last night my wife and I made a little pillow fort of sorts in the TV room and watched The Muppets Christmas Carol. I told you that I really like Dickens and that movie is a good exposure to him because it’s mostly muppets, but then there’s a line that’s music to the hears and you know it’s lifted from the book. An example is when Scrooge is haunted by the ghosts of his old partners, he says to them, “There’s more of gravy than of grave about you”. I’d love to use that as an insult someday.

The other thing we did yesterday was go to a performance of the Nutcracker. It was the first time I’ve been to a ballet. Right away I can tell I’ll be a big fan of it. My wife and I talked a bit after the show and it would make sense if she’s not as big of a fan of abstraction. Now I don’t like abstract art in the modern sense, there’s a lot of that that I think is lazy and then they say, “Anything can be art.” What I mean for abstraction with ballet is that they’re telling a story, the Nutcracker has love, conflict, foreshadowing, and coming of age elements. Ballet has no words though, therefore all of those elements of story must be forged in the viewers mind. Everyone saw a different show, and if someone isn’t good with creating a story off of the information they’re given, they might feel it was a bad show. They also had beautiful outfits and a good stage design, all of this before I’ve even mentioned dancing. I’m starting to see art differently the deeper I get into it and after seeing it understand how dance can be just like playing a musical instrument.

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