I Live in a Musical · 22 February 2014

Some people think it would be cool to have their own personal sound tracks in life with music to match every situation and every mood. Personally, I get to live one better than that. I get to live in a musical.

My wife, The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi, loves to sing. She sings along with the car radio. She sings on the couch and in the kitchen. Yes, she often makes up her own words (see Song Lyrics), but she loves to sing. So much so that instead of just having a soundtrack to her life, she makes life a musical.

The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi does not limit herself to making up lyrics to songs she knows. She also makes up her own words and melodies to fit what she is doing or how she is feeling. And of course, there are times when real songs are apropos. So depending on the day or the time or just her mood, I often get to hear my wife sing songs from different musicals.

Sometimes, the different songs come from musical productions that the Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi was in when she was a kid. Which is why even though we live nowhere near the state, every once in a while, she belts out, “Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain.” I must confess that I do not know any other words or more of the melody because I have not seen the movie and my wife does not usually sing more than those few lyrics.

She was also in The Sound of Music as Gretl and likes to sing songs from that movie. I usually sing along because like many people our age, we watched the show every year when it came on TV. When Climb Every Mountain or Do-Re-Mi were sung, we would sing along and get the same emotions as we had the year before and the year before that. I still get a little choked up singing along or even just thinking of Captain von Trapp singing Edelweiss toward the end of the movie.

One song that I probably should not sing along with but find myself doing so is I Feel Pretty from West Side Story. We recently watched a YouTube clip where Maria sings the song and it made The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi think that maybe she would like to give the show another try. She has said she does not really like it, but I think she wants to check it out again since she sings I Feel Pretty all the time. (She often puts other words in for “pretty.” The lyrical outcome is usually quite humorous.)

I may not really have a soundtrack to my life. But with the real songs from musicals and the made up lyrics to the tunes of many songs and original lyrics and melodies to go with how my wife is feeling at any given moment, our lives really are quite the musical production. And that is just fine by me because I enjoy living in a musical.

© 2014 Michael T. Miyoshi

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