The most beautiful things in life are not things. They’re people, and places, memories and pictures. They’re feelings and moments and smiles and laughter.
I am lucky to be a season ticketholder at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts in Costa Mesa, California. I have had these season tickets for close to fifteen years. Jayne and I first bought season tickets and we sat in the first row of the balcony. We gradually upgraded our tickets every year until we had tickets in the center of Row B. We enjoyed every Broadway musical on tour and we gladly paid a slightly higher ticket fee each year. When Jayne suddenly passed away six years ago, I knew she’d want me to keep the season tickets “in the family,” and for the next year or two, I shared my tickets with close friends and Jayne’s daughter, Carly. Then Shannon decided she wanted to get in on the season ticket fun, and she and I have been attending all the Broadway shows since.
Shannon and I had the pleasure of seeing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Carole King recorded one of my favorite albums of all time–Tapestry–and I own it on LP, cassette and CD. The musical is the true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom and her best-selling Tapestry is the “soundtrack of a generation.”
To me, her music is more than right for a generation. Tapestry came out in 1971 when I was a high school sophomore. Shannon was born the year the album came out, yet she knew the music because her mother played it around the house. I did see a woman roll her eyes after the show when she heard that Shannon was born year. I wanted to scream “Hey lady, you were only a couple of years older than me at the time….maybe you were 18 or 20!!” But I said that on the inside, of course.
And listening to the music last night made me appreciate feelings, moments, people and places of my teen years and beyond. If you have a chance to see Beautiful when it comes to your city, be sure you do.