Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wishing Song

I don't know how I cannot point out this week's opening of This American Life. In it, Ira Glass talks about the "I Wish" song, which is "In many movies and Broadway shows, it's the main character's first song, in which they express the hope that will set the story in motion". It had me really thinking about the "I Wish" songs that I have related to, and the ones that I might have sang to at different parts of my life.

The one that sticks out most to me is in Beauty and the Beast. I always related to Belle. I grew up in a small town, read books as much as I could, and always felt like such an outsider. In the first song "Little Town", her thoughts are mingled with the perception of what people in her village think of her. It is in the "Belle Reprise" that we finally hear her wish (or in this case, her wants):

Is he gone? Oh, can you imagine? He asked me to marry him.
Me, the wife of that boorish, brainless . . .
"Madame Gaston!"
Can't you just see it?
"Madame Gaston!"
His "little wife", ugh!
No sir! Not me!
I guarantee it
I want much more than this provincial life!
I want adventure in the great wide somewhere
I want it more than I can tell
And for once it might be grand
To have someone understand
I want so much more than they've got planned

This moment in Belle's life matched my own. The longing for something more and that no one could understand. Most of all, to find someone out there that can understand and share it with me. I, like Belle, was lucky enough what I was looking for.

Then there is the question: then what? What about the present? Today my dream of becoming awriter is growing stronger and stronger. After much thought, I realized that my current "I Wish" song has transformed into "Almost There" from Disney's The Princess and the Frog:

People down here think I'm crazy, but I don't care
Trials and tribulations, I've had my share
There ain't nothing gonna stop me now
'cause I'm almost there

I remember Daddy told me: "Fairytales can come true
You gotta make 'em happen, it all depends on you"
So I work real hard each and every day
Now things for sure are going my way
Just doing what I do
Look out boys, I'm coming through

And I'm almost there, I'm almost there
People gonna come here from everywhere
And I'm almost there
I'm almost there

It may seem silly that I am taking both songs from Disney movies, but they are the masters at these types of songs. This song sung by Tiana really spoke to me as an adult, and it was easy to relate to this 20th century Princess. The romance was also refreshing since they complete each other in ways that we understand. From where I sit, the song speaks to me of the goals that I feel so close to accomplishing and it is a good feeling that I am finally going somewhere. For, someday, I will arrive. Determination is the key.

If you have an "I Wish" song you want to share, go ahead and write in the comments.


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