Alright, kids, let me tell you about one of my favorite movies, SUMMER STOCK!
For those who haven’t seen it, or even those who have, it’s a fucking weird plot. Judy Garland runs a farm (I mean, sure, did you see the overalls?) and her overly-dramatic sister, Abigail (played by the thoroughly lovely Gloria De Haven), brings an entire musical theater troupe (headed by the perfect talent and sex machine that is Gene Kelly and his goofy buddy Phil Silvers) to the family farm to use the barn for rehearsals. Joe (Gene Kelly) is engaged to Abigail, and Jane (Judy Garland) makes everyone help out on the farm, which, as actors and dancers, they are horrible at in the most comedic fashion. Eventually Abigail leaves the show with the show’s star, and Jane takes her place. Obviously Joe and Jane fall in love because after a straight-up tap dance battle in the barn, how could you not fall in love? The most well-known thing about the movie is probably the “Get Happy” scene where Judy Garland sings one of her best-known songs in a hat and jacket with men falling at her feet (see picture bottom right).
Beyond the music and cast and cute (stupid) story, I love this movie because of the backstage stories. Facts about production include:
No one wanted to hire Judy Garland because she was fat and a complete drug addict (story of Judy’s fucking life). Gene Kelly was hired first, because Gene Kelly is a fucking genius of song and (mostly) dance and has charisma like no one else. He and Judy had already done two movies together (For Me and My Gal, which was Gene’s first film and I’m pretty sure his only B&W movie, and The Pirate, which is a triumph of nonsense which is only worth seeing a scene where Gene Kelly dances all sweaty in REALLY short shorts. God bless.), so Gene knew Judy’s talent and loved her and they were friends. He put up his OWN MONEY and made sure the producer and director knew Judy and loved her like he did. Gene wanted Judy for the movie and wanted to make sure she would be comfortable and supported.
As I said, Judy was fat in most of this movie. “Hollywood fat” which in the 1950s and on her five-foot-tall frame with her round face just makes her look kinda pudgy and cute. Why was she “fat”? Because she was trying to get sober. She’d been on uppers her whole life to keep her dancing and singing for literally 12-20 hours a day. So she was trying to wean off the pills, and it ruined her metabolism and she got “fat.”
Despite being “fat” she dances like no one’s fucking business. Gene Kelly is arguably the greatest dancer on screen of all time. And in the dance battle scene in the barn (photo below left of the movie poster), she matches him step for step PERFECTLY. Like they are 100% equally matched. Except for probably Cyd Charisse, or maybe Ann Miller, I’ve never seen anyone dance with Gene Kelly as masterfully as Judy Garland does. And she does it about 3 dress sizes above her normal working-weight. Size obviously has zero to do with talent or ability, but for someone who is definitely not used to dancing at that weight, she does it better than I’ve ever seen her in any film.
THE NEWSPAPER DANCE. Gene Kelly, as is a staple of his movies, does a solo dance number. This one (pictured bottom left), is done with a sheet of newspaper, a squeaky board, and two stairs on a stage. And it’s brilliant and perfect and so creative. The athleticism of it is astounding (and a huge turn-on).
There is one scene in the movie where Judy magically loses like half her body mass (only to regain it one scene later), and that is the Get Happy number. After the first screening of the film, everyone decided Judy needed a big solo. She has a few songs in the movie, but nothing that really pops. So they gave her Get Happy and choreographed and filmed the number a few months after the film wrapped. It was inserted near the end, and other than the fact that Judy lost all the weight in the interim, you’d never know it wasn’t originally intended to be in the film. It was rumored that this scene was actually filmed for another film years before, but that isn’t actually the case. It was intended for Summer Stock, it was just an afterthought. And it’s the best afterthought ever, and one of Judy Garland’s most iconic music numbers from her adult career.
In conclusion, this movie is great and the best part about it is the fact that everyone involved literally made it to save Judy Garland’s career because they loved her and believed in her talent.
Taylor buddy! Just wanted to give you a lil update on my life because I’m proud of myself and I think you would be too :)
basically these past two years I’ve eliminated people in my life that make an unhealthy impact on my well-being. It’s been tough but I’m finally able to realize my worth and ask for it.
After being bullied for four years and my grades suffering because of it, I transferred schools in the middle of junior year last year. Once I made that step, I’ve had a clear head and straight A’s ever since.
I was accepted into college and already starting my prerequisites for a competitive nursing program this next year-something my heart has always been set on. And this next quarter in High school, I will be taking a college level, intro to healthcare course.
One of my new years resolutions was to put myself out there more, and post at least one video of me singing. I got over that fear. The response I got from others was amazing, my heart was so full.
Lastly, I finally got over a boy who broke my heart into millions of pieces. I took months and months to realize that I deserved better and it wasn’t stupid of me to become vulnerable with him even though her hurt me deeply. Your music was my safe haven during those long and draining months. Thank you for that.
My life is becoming what I wanted it to be. I’m grasping onto those fleeting moments of happiness, and making sure I realize the beauty of them when they’re present. I know you love to hear about our lives to keep a sense of normality in yours, so I hope this is something you enjoy reading. Hopefully you’re as proud of me as I am of myself. I love you, sunshine @taylorswift
Linkin Park played a huge role in my life as a teenager. As a person who found it difficult to make friends and to connect with my family, music was my safe haven. The first rock band I fell in love with is LP. I loved Mike’s verses and Chester’s screams, and the lyrics just clicked with me. Even tho it’s been over 5 years since I listened to them, I never forgot them. I never would have thought Chester was going thru that. I met him live once and he was smiling and singing on stage, you would never had suspected that one day he would give in to suicide. It’s always the people you never suspect.
I would like to thank @leaalda for making these amazing banners.
This is an effort to spread the word about all fan fiction writers in our little fandom. If you would like to be featured or nominate a writer, please contact me. Please reblog this post if you can and check out some of @bughead-is-riverdale work!
1. First things first, if someone wanted to read your stories where can they find them.
I have a Masterlist of all my fics to date, all nicely ordered under headings/ship pairings. You can find it in my bio.
2. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 18 and I’m from the U.K. I’ve just accepted a place to study English Lit at Birmingham Uni in September, I’m so excited! I’ve always loved reading/writing - starting this blog is something I wish I had done sooner - and I also love theatre. I have a little brother with Down’s Syndrome who is the centre of my world, I’m more like his second mum than his older sister because of our 8 year age gap. I’m the ‘Mum Friend’ of my friendship group, don’t be alarmed if I call you 'my love’ or 'sweetheart’, it’s ingrained in my soul.
I’m a hopeless romantic (probably why I’m so invested in Bughead) and I’ve been with my current boyfriend/best friend for just over 4 years.
3. What do you never leave home without?
My promise ring that my boyfriend bought me for our 4th anniversary. It’s an aquamarine stone with tiny diamonds and I never take it off. As I said, I’m a hopeless romantic.
4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Definitely early bird, I’d rather not waste the day!
5. If you could live in any fictional world which one would you choose and why?
Cassandra Clare’s world of Shadowhunters! I think I would be pretty badass. Besides I would find Julian Blackthorn and marry him.
6. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met.
Sadly I haven’t actually met anyone famous! Recently however I saw both David Tennant in 'Don Juan’ and Andrew Scott in 'Hamlet’, I was so close to them! Does that count?
7. What are some of your favorite movies/TV?
Aside from Riverdale… I’m a sucker for most period dramas (Colin Firth as Mr Darcy ahhh)! Brooklyn 99 is hilarious and Teen Wolf has always been one of my favourites. With films… Anything with Meryl Streep in it! I’m secretly a huge nerd so 'The Lord of the Rings’ as well. Another one of my favourites is 'Dead Poet’s Society’ because it breaks my heart just to think about it.
8. What are some of your favorite bands/musicians?
Recently I’ve hated almost everything in the charts. Musicals are my safe haven so Hamilton, Les Mis, The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots, and Rent I will listen to on repeat. I also love Tracy Chapman because of the meaning behind her lyrics and Queen is legendary.
A/N: My heart is broken & my head is spinning from last night’s events in Las Vegas. Country music is my safe haven & my happy place. That being said, I feel like we could all use a little pick me up today, so here’s some fluff. I love you all. My inbox/messages are always open. xx Morg
PS - I used this prompt list. There’s tons of prompts in my ask but they’re all the same and/or cliche and i’m sometimes I’m just not feelin them (sorry fam). This one was “It was all me, by the way.” and idk about you but i pictured Beca saying it the second I read it. SO uh yeah have fun.
PSS - i also just realized AFTER FINISHING THIS that I already have a fic that is very similar but WHO CARES I WRITE WHAT I WANT OKAY
Beca Mitchell liked to consider herself a closet romantic. She would deny every instance when interrogated, but the second it came to Chloe she would drop everything to make her wife swoon. To not only Chloe’s, but pretty much everyone’s surprise, the brunette got pretty creative when it came to throwing the redhead off guard romantically. To which, of course, Beca would reply, “always the tone of surprise…” and then insist that Chloe kiss her and rub her feet.
Chloe’s day at work had been eventful to say the least. Between the usual kid eating paste under a table in the back of the room to someone flicking boogers at someone else, things were pretty normal for the most part. But it wasn’t that part that threw her off. It was the little post it notes she found all over her classroom when she got there.
Not to mention that none of them were handwritten so that wouldn’t help to narrow it down by handwriting. The first one was on her mailbox in the teachers lounge.
Just got this in an amazing trade! This is audio of Violet from 5/4/14. This was one of the few occurrences that Haven got to go on in the title role. So please enjoy! I do have the full audio to trade as well :)
My name is Maddy, I’m 16 and pansexual. I love my pets more than anything, and music is my safe haven. I write poetry and love to run and hike. I don’t judge and I’m always here to listen 💜💜
AND I’m single 😁👭
Working on some personal music+covers now that I have an exam-free week. The past two weeks have been very stressful so I’m glad to finally have even a few hours to do what I love best. I’ve still got a long way to go personally but for the moment, here’s a short snippet of Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt.”
I’m only a sophomore in high school and I’m already sick of hearing my mother tell me I need to beef up my college applications, do extracurricular activities, etc. I am very interested in music/band, but that’s supposed to be my haven, a place away from all that. All my mom cares about is grades and scholarships. I don’t want for my life what she wants, or what she has for her own. A ‘successful’ career be damned.