Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mine eyes have seen

A story about a brand new opera
It is based on the Steinbeck book, the "Grapes of Wrath" I'm told

  • Grapes

  • The Grapes of Wrath. Perfect, it's about time. It is a grand and operatic story about "little" people getting screwed. This is a theme I can appreciate, as appropriate today as ever. It is a big story covering the lower half of the United states and a broad picture of American social, ethical, and religious mores.

    There is a road trip involved.

    If the characters can sing thier stories in full operatic voice it should enhance the dignity of these people that the movie diluted with it's Hollywoodistic portrayals.

    We advertize a sanctuary for the worlds downtrodden, for the weak, the hungry, the poor, the wretched refuse, but the reality seens to be, if you're a grape, you're gonna get stomped, and sombody else drinks the wine.

    An operatic situation if there ever was one.

    So, if you see one of "les miserables" remember, inside each poor soul, there is a grand song. I don't know about rich souls, but I kinda doubt it.

    Other American operas that should happen;
    Huckleberry Finn and Moby Dick

    Huck because of the profound and scathing indictment of Americas racial/social divide
    wherein Jim is forced act out Tom's ridiculous romance novel games before he is allowed his release.
    A sublime point in America's literature.
    Doesn't that speak to your life experience?
    What are we taught in our schools but the games rich people play?
    And if we don't want to play them our little grapes are crushed.
    Or, sometimes our little grapes are crushed as part of the game.

    As Mel Brooks once put it.

    Moby Dick because it is opera and would make a better libretto than Fliegender Hollander.

    Ah, well.

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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    A profound and perceptive blog. But remember, an opera isially must have a love story. Somebody should compose these works, especially "Grapes of Wrath"! Would you be that cpmposer????

    11:28 AM  
    Blogger Leann said...

    I think I read the grapes of wrath.but it was years ago.

    2:30 PM  
    Blogger Lane Savant said...

    I'm not going to write any opera. Let the Minnesota people have it.

    10:56 AM  

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