Friday, April 30, 2010

"You don't know"

When 'Next to normal' recently won a Pulitzer it was the first time that I ever heard about this musical. Then over the past week I started hearing songs from the musical on the radio. And I fell in love.

Music has always placed a big role in my life and I have my own little 'soundtrack' with songs that remind me of certain times in my life. Yesterday I added two new songs in the form of 'You don't know' and 'I am the one' from the musical.

I am the one who knows you
I am the one who cares
I am the one who's always been there
I am the one who's helped you
And if you think that I just don't give a damn
Then you just don't know who I am


The musical tells the story of a women's mental illness and its effects on her family. I have only listened to maybe a handful of the songs but there hasn't been one I didn't like. But back to those two songs. The woman and her husband are having an argument because she believes that he just simply cannot understand what she is going through and he is trying to tell her that he does care and that he has always been there.

That is an argument L and I are all too familiar with. When he is doing well he knows that I am there, have been there and will be there. When he not doing well he pushes me away and just doesn't believe that I am hurting through all of this as well.

I wish that the musical was playing somewhere close to us so that I could go and see it. Though I doubt L would be able to go with me. There would be too many people and because of the subject we'd probably have to leave early. If the rest of the musical is as good as the few songs I heard I think that this is a GREAT way to help bring awareness to mental health issues.

I will leave you with the performance of those two songs from last year's Tony Awards

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