New Year – No More

So, 2015 is upon us.

And what will we do with it I wonder? We all start out with hopes and expectations I suppose. Resolutions and promises to change… and then life goes on and they fall to the wayside, cliché but true. It’s not that we set out to discard them, it just happens. Like so many things in life. We get caught up in the rush, or pummeled into boredom by having too much to do or too many choices and so we just fall back into routine and then wrestle with guilt or remorse – or maybe that’s just me.

I’m not even going to address the turmoil and strife going on in the world…

Sometimes you just want to say – No More.

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I got the chance to see Into the Woods the last day of the year, at the Alamo Draft House – so it was a great film going experience.

And I loved it.

It’s probably my favorite musical, tied I think with Sweeney Todd and JCS.

Into the Woods is written in my language – symbolism and metaphor. What is spoken is plain and yet there are meanings beneath, meanings that resonate and strike a chord you can’t see, it speaks to your shadow self.

The visuals were well done and the mythic quality of the settings, costumes and characters were very well done. I assume it will win an award or two, and it should because even though its a ‘fairy tale’, it does what good storytelling, what good writing should do – it makes you feel.

I was only disappointed that they left out my favorite song, the one that I wish I could sing – had I a singing voice that is. The song “No More” comes near the end of Act II and is sung by the Baker and his Father (in the film, the Father has been cut, only there as a ghost or memory) and so I see why the song was cut. Still I missed the catharsis of the song, the heart-rending plea, the desperate sadness and anger it has… and the acceptance it implies.

No More – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

No more questions, please.
No more tests.
Comes the day you say, ‘What for?’
Please.. no more.

We disappoint, we disappear, we die, but we don’t.
They disappoint in turn, I fear,
Forgive, though, they won’t.

No more riddles.
No more jests.
No more curses you can’t undo, left by fathers you never knew.
No more quests.
No more feelings. Time to shut the door.
Just.. No more.

Running away, let’s do it.
Free from the ties that bind.
No more despair, or burdens to bear,
Out there in the yonder.
Running away, go to it.
Where did you have in mind?
Have to take care.. unless there’s a ‘where’,
You’ll only be wandering blind.
Just more questions.. different kind.
Where are we to go?
Where are we ever to go?
Running away, we’ll do it.
Why sit around, resigned?
Trouble is, son, the farther you run,
The more you’ll feel undefined.
For what you have left undone, and more,
What you’ve left behind.

We disappoint, we leave a mess, we die, but we don’t.

We disappoint in turn, I guess. Forget, though, we won’t.

Like father, like son.

No more giants waging war!
Can’t we just pursue our lives, with our children and our wives,
‘Til that happy day arrives, how do you ignore
All the witches, all the curses,
All the wolves, all the lies, the false hopes, the good-bye’s,
The reverses,
All the wondering what even worse is still in store!
All the children.
All the giants..
No more.

Each of us reaches that point during some experience -whether its a heartbreak or a family drama; job stress or too many bills and not enough money to pay them. A myriad of things can pile up and make us utter that phrase: No More.

No More feeling. Some times it’s too much. So in this new year, when things get to be too much, just know that it’s OK to say No More. Because you can’t carry everything, even though you feel you can, or need to or have to – but don’t let the weight of the moment steal it from you. Feel it, but don’t let it overwhelm you.

As the lyrics later in the musical state… You decide what’s good.

And even if you forget that, don’t beat yourself up for it. You are just making your way through the woods…

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