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April 20, 2002: Those Canaan days

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We saw "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" Friday night, performed by the musical theater company in Davis. This season has been, hands down, their best so far since we started going, and this production was no exception. The entire thing was supercharged with energy, color, music, and enthusiasm. I'm not sure what the cast was on the whole time, but I want to know where I can get my hands on some, and is it legal?

Back when we were kids, my parents had the album (because this was an album before it ever was a play). I used to play that thing over and over, until I had most of the songs practically memorized. Then I got older and stopped listening to records and started listening to top 40 hits and forgot all about the album for a whole lot of years, until last night when the play started. They started the first few bars of music and it all came flooding back to me. I could probably have sung along with most of the tunes for the show. I had forgotten how much I loved that music. I'm such a sap for Andrew Lloyd Weber tunes.

Of course ever since last night, I've had "Close Every Door" and "Any Dream Will Do" cycling through my head. On the plus side, they are at least taking turns, one right after the other. On the minus side, I am currently battling the urge to leap to my feet and belt out "Give me my colored coat, my amazing colored coat!" at the top of my lungs. While this would only startle the cats if I did it at home, people tend to frown on you when you do this in public, like at restaurants, or at work.

I did manage to track down copies of those two songs, so now I can play the mp3's on my computer at home and drive Richard crazy with them, or at least until he looks up from his computer across the room and says through gritted teeth "You know, I got you headphones for Christmas for a *reason*."

Amusingly enough, by the way, these mp3's are from the production that apparently involved Donny Osmond. I don't know exactly why this cracks me up, but it does.

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