Raúl Esparza drawing Nr. 113: George & Dot from “Sunday in the Park with George”. 💞 There is so much in this musical I can relate to and the amazing Sondheim lyrics go straight to my heart - as usual.
Haven’t made up my mind about the next one yet. Maybe Barba or Chilton. Hope you’re having a wonderful day! 💞😘
The thing, you see, is we’re not that kind of close any more,
the way we used to be. And a friendship’s like a garden.
You have to water it and tend it and care about it. And you know what?
I want it back.
Charley “Franklin Shepard, Inc.” , Merrily We Roll Along
On this day in music history: May 5, 1962 - “West Side Story - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 54 weeks (non-consecutive). Produced by Didier Deutsch, it is recorded at the United Artists Scoring Stage in Hollywood, CA on August 9 - 10, 1960. Featuring songs written by Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), it is the soundtrack for the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. The soundtrack album like the film itself becomes an unprecedented success, with the album ascending to the top of the charts following the films sweep of the Academy Awards, winning ten of the eleven awards its nominated for. The “West Side Story” soundtrack sets a record for the longest run at #1 in the history of the Billboard pop album chart (unbroken to this day), spending a total of one year and two weeks at the top. The album also spends a total of over five years on the Top 200 before falling off of the chart in 1967. It wins the Grammy Award for Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television in 1962. “West Side Story - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
The sketch of Raúl Esparza drawing Nr. 163: Sunday In The Park With George.
This musical really means a lot to me. Back then, it was the second musical with Raúl I’ve ever watched.
The Sondheim Lyrics go straight to my heart, as always. Move On is definitely a song with lyrics to live by:
Stop worrying where you’re going-
If you can know where you’re going
Just keep moving on
I chose, and my world was shaken-
The choice may have been mistaken,
The choosing was not
You have to move on
Look at what you want,
Not at where you are,
Not at what you’ll be-
Look at all the things you’ve done for me
Opened up my eyes,
Taught me how to see,
Notice every tree-
EDIT: I had this queued to post on May 1st, but for whatever reason it never did. I’m posting this now because a few of you have asked me about some of my essays. These are all from 2014-2015. These are mostly opening lines btw
“Like most moments in my life, my first impression of academia can be summarized by Stephen Sondheim lyrics: bizarre; fixed; cold.” (Stanford)
“I think eighth-grade-me would hate myself for painting.” (Columbia)
“For as long as I can remember I’ve concocted elaborate assassination plots against myself” (Stanford)
“Ever since I draped an executioner’s hood over my face, shredded bundles of lettuce, and sent the resulting “Veganism” PSA to my entire school on April Fool’s Day, people told me I’m overly dramatic.” (Brown)
“From the age of eleven I’ve lusted for revolution.” (Brown)
“Dear Brown: You’re not like the other colleges.”
“In her grand Act I finale (“Take-A,Take-A,Take Me/Spooky College Wait Dream”), the candidate anxiously envisions her UChicago dream while encouraged by visions of Steven Levitt and Carl Sagan, whilst dancing cups of Ramen Noodles surround her.” (UChicago-I wrote the whole thing like a summary of a musical)
I’m late for Fanfic Writers Appreciation Day again! I’ll do another fic rec post soon but until then I love you all and am so grateful for the work you accomplish and give to fandom for us all to enjoy!
And for the lesser known writers who don’t get loads of comments or kudos - here’s an out of context Sondheim lyric:
Look, I made a hat
Where there never was a hat
When you write, edit and post a new fic, you made something new that wasn’t there before and I think that’s pretty bloody spectacular. Even if the response isn’t what you hoped for, I think you should be damn proud.