Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Avenue Q

Very nice weather for a drive into the valley. Not much traffic, but way too many people on the freeway with the "I'll change lanes right in front of you then slow down" gene. There's no Starbucks downtown so I'm at the one in the megaplex series of shopping plazas off 580 on First St.

On the way up I listened to a new (to me) CD of a Broadway show called Avenue Q. Imagine Sesame Street has moved into the slums. The reason I got the CD is I heard a song on the Comcast show tunes channel named The More You Ruv Someone. It's sung by their "Japanese" female character, Christmas Eve,  who does that thing of reversing "r" and "l". The second line is pretty funny, and very true. The reason I put Japanese in quotes is, like most east coasters, the writers just bunch all Oriental nationalities together and call them either Chinese or Japanese.

Kate Monster:
Why can’t people get along and love each other, Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve:
You think getting along same as loving?
Sometimes love right where you hating most, Kate Monster.

Kate Monster:

Christmas Eve:
The more you love someone,
The more you want to kill ‘em.
The more you love someone,
The more he make you cry

Though you are try
For making peace
With them and loving,
That’s why you love so strong
You like to make him die!

The more you love someone,
The more he make you crazy.
The more you love someone,
The more you wishing him dead!

Sometime you look at him
And only see fat and lazy,
And wanting baseball bat
For hitting him on his head!


Kate Monster:

Christmas Eve:
And hate

Kate Monster:
And hate

Christmas Eve:
They like two brothers

Kate Monster:

Christmas Eve:
Who go on a date

Kate Monster:

Christmas Eve:
Where one of them goes,
Other one follows
You inviting love
He also bringing sorrows

Kate Monster:
Ah, yes.

Christmas Eve:
The more you love someone,
The more you want to kill ‘em.
Loving and killing
Fit like hand in glove!

Kate Monster:
Hand in glove.

Christmas Eve:
So if there someone
You are wanting so
To kill ‘em.
You go and find him.
And you get him.
And you no kill him.
‘Cause chances good

He is your love.
The other tune I wanted to hear is The Internet is for Porn which is hilarious, and also very true.

If You Were Gay is not as good as it could have been - imagine Bert singing it to Ernie. Gag me. Both the delivery and the lyrics fall short of their potential, but it's a start.

The show goes way overboard in it's "sex is okay" message. Gary Coleman singing You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love) starts out fine, but launches into a full-fledged spiritual, with Coleman doing the Tina Turner on Acid part. And they threw "Hell" in for no apparent reason. I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today is another gratuitous offering. Let's just say they did not capture the spirit of South Park the way they seemed to be hoping for.

However, there is one hidden gem which I have been playing over and over again. There's a Fine, Fine Line hits something inside me. It must just be the way the lyrics fit the tune, because it doesn't apply to anything in my past:

There's a fine, fine line between a lover and a friend;
There's a fine, fine line between reality and pretend;
And you never know 'til you reach the top if it was worth the uphill climb.

There's a fine, fine line between love
And a waste of time.

There's a fine, fine line between a fairy tale and a lie;
And there's a fine, fine line between "You're wonderful" and "Goodbye."
I guess if someone doesn't love you back it isn't such a crime,
But there's a fine, fine line between love
And a waste of your time.

And I don't have the time to waste on you anymore.
I don't think that you even know what you're looking for.
For my own sanity, I've got to close the door
And walk away...

There's a fine, fine line between together and not
And there's a fine, fine line between what you wanted and what you got.
You gotta go after the things you want while you're still in your prime...

There's a fine, fine line between love
And a waste of time.

It's one of those songs I could use as an audition piece, if I can figure out how to sing it all the way through without crying.

On the whole the CD is worth the amazon.com bargain price, but the muppet voices are often annoying (the songs are more suited to real singers) and the show would work better for me done straight. This is a big compliment to the Sesame Street folks - society is now at the point where we can talk about things in the open which used to need to be hidden behind puppet masks.

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