Although I'd had a vague interest in musicals, mostly Annie, from my elementary school days, Franklin was a major Broadway fan. I'm guessing he was the vector; he introduced me to a lot of wonderful musicals that academic year.
Every year at SUNY Oswego, Rosemary Nesbitt sponsored a festival for high school drama types wherein the various high school drama clubs played a scene and were critiqued by a guest judge. We then got to see the full version of whatever Oswego's theatre department was producing at that point. Throughout the day we also got to see/hear various productions by the arts departments, and one of the performances we saw, either in my junior or senior year of high school, was one of the advanced ensembles singing songs from the musical. If it was my junior year, that probably influenced my desire to attend Oswego. If it was my senior year, it just made me happy that I'd decided to attend there.
One year in high school, I believe it was my senior year, we took a field trip to NYC. I can't remember if we saw more than one show, but I do know that we saw Les Miserables. I believe I did not have The Original Symphonic Recording at that point, but I desperately loved part of the show that was not on The Original Broadway Cast Recording, so I was on the lookout for a complete recording. My wish was granted, and The Original Symphonic Cast Recording has been my favorite album since. Indeed, although it spans three discs, I do not skip any of the songs when I listen to it. Perhaps my favorite part is "Epilogue (Finale)", which contains one of my favorite verses of any music: "Take my hand, I'll lead you to salvation / Take my love, for love is everlasting / And remember the truth that once was spoken / To love another person is to see the face of God." It also includes reprise of the song "Do You Hear the People Sing?" Actually, I could go on for quite a long time about this album, but I'll err on the side of "I'm talking too much" and leave it at that.
- day 01 – your favorite song: "Shades of Gray" as performed by The Monkees.
- day 02 – your least favorite song: "(She Was A) Hotel Detective" by TMBG.
- day 03 - a song that makes you happy: Beethoven's 6th, 1st movement.
- day 04 - a song that makes you sad: "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton.
- day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone: "Trouble Me" by 10,000 Maniacs. (Ray Hall)
- day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event: "The Throne Room" by John Williams. (Our wedding recessional)
- day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere: "Blackstairs" by Clannad. (My uncle's house)
- day 08 - a song that you know all the words to: "Irony" by Leah Zicari.
- day 09 - a song that you can dance to: "Caribbean Blue" by Enya.
- day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep: "Music of the Night" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
- day 11 - a song from your favorite band: "Perfect Time" by Maire (Moya) Brennan.
- day 12 - a song from a band you hate: "Tequila" by The Ventures.
- day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure: "Trigger Happy" by "Weird Al" Yankovic.
- day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love: "The Final Countdown" by Europe.
- day 15 - a song that describes you: "Eyes of Mercy" by October Project.
- day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate: "Jerusalem" as performed by Anuna.
- day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio: "When She Cries" by Restless Heart
- day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio: "Everything Possible" by Fred Small, with special note to the version as performed by The Flirtations.
- day 19 - a song from your favorite album: "Epilogue (Finale)" from Les Miserables -- The Complete Symphonic Recording