I was in the bathtub thinking about how much I love baths. In my head I thought "Mmmm.... Baaaaaths..." like the way Homer Simpson thinks about donuts or bacon. But then that led me to a Hanson version, which went like "MMM BATHS, BA BA DOO BATHS, A DIBBY AH BA DOO BATHS, BA BA DOOOO..." And then bath time became kind of like a party!
Fact: I think in music. I am always rewriting my favourite songs to fit every day activities. Like that time that I changed Fleetwood Mac`s classic hit "Go Your Own Way" to "Go Urinate". Or a few weeks ago when I sang my entire work day to the tune of "Mambo # 5". I guess it actually started back when I was about 9 and my Ballet carpooling buddy and I created the great masterpiece entitled *"Wind Beneath MyButt". My life is a musical, and I`m pretty pleased about that.
I think this is why I`m such a die-hard Gleek. Some people think it`s silly and unrealistic how they`re always randomly breaking out into song. But for people like me an episode of Glee is just a typical day, only with more talent, better production quality, and fewer fart references. (Actually the fart jokes pretty much stopped after we nailed the Bette Midler ballad.) So what if I have a bunch of imaginary back up dancers when I brush my teeth, and I may or may not occasionally tap-dance while engaging in conversation. (That second one actually happens kind of a lot. Every day I`m shuffling!) I only wish I could make it so that everyone I run into each day could somehow have shiny colour co-ordinated outfits, like for theatrical impact.
I have an intense sentimental attachment to music. It reminds me of people I love, and precious moments in life. It has been a catalyst for fun times, and helped shape and/or figure out who I am. Music is a form of self-expression because every situation in life, good or bad, has its own corresponding soundtrack. Music has special superpowers, and is frequently used for therapeutic and healing purposes. It has even been used as a tool for peace-building and conflict resolution. Music is probably my number 3 favourite thing after beagles and facebook, and tied with Quentin Tarantino.
It`s a bit unfortunate that I was born completely devoid of musical talent. Although that didn`t stop me from almost scoring a recording contract in Australia for a song I wrote about living in a hostel. I`m kind of a big deal in Melbourne, which you could probably tell from the part about how I was living in a hostel. Sadly our duo had to break up immediately after the only time we ever performed it because of artistic differences. (And because he was trash talking my girl Lea Michele.) You know how it is. But I still keep the dream alive that one day Ryan Murphy will catch me singing Don`t Stop Believing in the shower and then come up to me and say "WE NEED YOU ON GLEE STAT!" Why, I`d be so excited I`d forget it was weird that Ryan Murphy was stalking me in the shower!
Moral of the story: If you have the imagination to add a little razzle dazzle to your every day life, embrace it. The world needs more harmony. And spirit fingers.
*As kind of a funny aside, one time several years after the Ballet carpooling days I was meeting up with that same ballerina friend for drinks. I texted her, and in my message left some kind of reference to Wind Beneath My Butt, thinking I was being cute. The funny part was that she had actually got a new phone and I didn`t have the updated number, so I ended up sending the Wind Beneath My Butt text to some random stranger who responded with "Umm... What!"
Oh, and P.S.- Sorry for getting Hanson stuck in everybody`s heads.
For an archive of all the fun imaginary songs I can remember check out this page which I just created.