Make a joyful noise
Yesterday at my school, there was an Easter egg hunt. Each student was only allowed one Easter Egg and with the egg comes a prize. In both 2015 and 2016, I was not able to find an egg. But this year I found one and was able to redeem the prize I wanted. I have been eyeing a gigantic stuffed bunny in the student activities office and it was the prize I wanted and I even came up with a name for that bunny.
Meet Chester, the stuffed bunny I won yesterday. Typically the prize you were given relates to the number the egg was given. But because I was the first to redeem my egg, I was given Chester. The quote above refers to how happy I was to get Chester. I love stuffed animals and I wanted Chester because of how big he was.
There is another important part of who I am that refers directly to that quote. That refers to the world of musicals. In my opinion, all musicals are joyful, which does sound a bit misleading, but in reality it really isn’t. It seems misleading because there are some tragic musicals in the mix.
Well, if it is a musical you love, than all scenes have joy mixed into it. I am not talking about the positive emotions that are naturally mixed into the scene. But what happens when you are feeling negative emotions? How can there be joy in those moments? Well, some heartbreaking moments are bittersweet and have joy found within them.
Calling all musicals joyful is referring directly to the experience. It refers to the joy you feel when you emotionally connect to a musical or when you fall in love with it. It refers to the positive nature of a show. For example, the positive nature of Les Mis is its underlying spirituality. There is joy in every scene in a musical that you love because in those shows, you care enough about the characters that you want to feel the emotions. The strongest musicals tend to have either sad or heartbreak in the mix. So all musicals are joyful.