A singular crystal thistle



The singular sensation
lyrics come from the
song, “One” from
the stage musical,
“Chorus Line,”
Edward Kleban.
Marvin Hamlisch

In the background~
a country barn
whose hazy
doors are



I felt this frosted thistle
was a “singular sensation.”
Photo taken by reocochran.

Do you like musicals?

Which one is your


62 responses »

    • I am a big fan of “Grease,” Jill. I love Camelot the best, Jill. The songs are in my head as I type this. “If Ever I would leave you, it wouldn’t be in Springtime. . .” Robert Goulet was Lancelot on my parents’ Broadway record.

    • Oh, April! I forgot about “Mamma Mia!” That is a great musical. I will keep that in my top ten but I loved “Camelot” from way back as a pre-teenager. My parents had the Broadway record and Robert Goulet and Julie Andrews sang Lancelot and Queen Guinevere. I like “Mamma Mia” with Meryl Streep although the men in the movie version aren’t as strong of singers. Thank you for letting me know your favorite two musicals. πŸ™‚

    • Did you ever see the newer film, “Rick and the Flash,” April? I really liked it, Rick Springfield played such a nice friend and Meryl Streep’s daughter plays her daughter. Felicia and I went together and cried at good parts. πŸ™‚

      • Yes. I don’t think I’ve missed a move she has been in. I’ve seen her daughter in a couple of roles and she isn’t bad either πŸ™‚

    • Marissa, I think West Side Story would give you street cred but maybe Rent is one that also has that New York flair. . . Smiles for your confession which is always nice to have on record. . . hmmm! I don’t think I can use it as a bribe, though?! Fiddler on the Roof with (Papa) Tevia singing “Tradition!” is a really good song that takes me back to my Dad thinking sometimes he needed to “rule the roost!” Mom would straighten that out like when he tried to tell her how to iron and she bought us all laundry baskets and unplugged the iron permanently!!

      • Oh yes, West Side Story is a great one! I never saw Rent though.
        If I was your mother I would definitely do the same. Most of the things I iron come out worse than they were before. Thank goodness my sister bought me a steamer. It’s a life saver!

    • Alok, don’t be insulted but have you ever liked Bollywood music, with big groups of people stopping and dancing? I enjoy these in the end of some of the Indian movies. Just wondering but may be guessing the wrong kind of music entirely. “Sound of Music” or maybe “Flower Drum Song” are ones that may be more international. Not sure and don’t worry, I appreciated your commenting anyway! πŸ™‚

      • Not a problem, i don’t mind ☺️
        I though of musicals like some Broadway shows…maybe my lack of knowledge on what you meant.

        I do like music otherwise, not so much the Mob Flash dances.

    • Flash mob scene music, I just thought of the name. I had to think about what was going on and then, try a new comment. I was describing what I have seen at the end of movies made in India. Don’t mind my asking, please. I am not at all trying to assume anything wrong. . . Smiles, Robin

      • Oh, exactly what I just commented without checking out this comment 😊

        I don’t like the ones you have mentioned much, but i am sort of neutral on them.

  1. You capture the essence of winter in your photo.

    I am not big on musicals, but who didn’t love Hair! (if you are old enough).
    And, of course, there was “Tommy” for GenX-ers, and “The Wall” for Pink Floyd fans of any generation. Can you tell I’m a Rock-type? (I’ll give a nod to “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease”, too.)

    My wife loves the classics – White Christmas, State Fair, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, The King and I, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Music Man, and Singing in the Rain.
    – Mike

    • Mike, thank you for reminding me of the great rock and roll musicals!b I liked “Hair” and the way they took “Jesus Christ, Superstar” and “Godspell” and tipped Christianity on its end. We played several of those last two during high school in band. In Marching band we played some where we would go down on one knee during half time and play, J. C, Superstar and I Don’t Know How to Love Him. I cannot remember what we played from Godspell but could look it up in my yearbook.
      My brother loves to this day, Pink Floyd and the Wall. We watched it last summer and Mom enjoyed the Wall. He liked Tommy but I never saw it.
      I may add “”Footloose” as being in the same kind of genre and I was lucky enough to see Kenny Loggins twice on stage and his band really “cuts loose” on some of the songs he has made famous from films. In “Top Gun” there is a song, “Danger Zone.” You know which one I am saying, the film is not a musical, though.
      I like in my top ten, “Mamma Mia” (April reminded me) all ABBA songs. Dancing Queen is a good and fun one in that musical. I am a sucker for “Camelot” and my parents had Broadway cast record with Julie Andrews, Richard Harris and Robert Goulet (Lancelot.) Although, sometimes Richard Burton played the King. My choices may be more like Florence, Flower Drum Song, West Side Story, My Fair Lady. . .Smiles, Robin

    • I like the description of a picture being “poetical,” Maniparna! I don’t blame you for not enjoying musicals. It is an older style of music although some listed ones with rock n roll music and fun plot-lines. Hugs, Robin πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the compliment, Joey! πŸ™‚
      Oh, Les Mis is such a tale of woe, happiness, redemption, joy and some more sorrow. I cannot exactly say that I love the movie version (singing by men not so great) bur the play and movie as acting out a story were fantastic, Joey. Have fun this weekend! πŸ™‚

    • Good to know how you feel, Joey. I thought Anne Hathaway did well in her playing such a pathetic character and Amanda Siegfried is a wonderful singer in the movie (and Mamma Mia) but the Musical Play is like a masterpiece!

    • Glad you recognized the song, Dan. πŸ™‚ Can you believe another musical great (this time an original member of Jefferson Airplane) passed away? Speaking of music in general. . . That band will be amazing to greet us~ someday. πŸ™‚

      • Oh, Dan. I had a chance to see a live performance of Jefferson Starship with my brother, Randy. They played awhile back at the Marion Popcorn Festival.:) A lot of great songs which the first familiar chords sound out I cannot help smiling. Thanks for reminiscing for a minute.

      • Well, I went out with my artist brother and listened to a group called, “Vinntage” which played mostly 70’s music and we both were nodding our heads and raising our hands to clap. A nice and unexpected visit since he will be working for two weeks in Plain City, Ohio. He has a motel down there built into his mural “budget” and was given a deposit for his art to come. I will be up at my Mom’s over the weekend but plan on seeing him the following weekend. They played, “Changes” for David Bowie but sang, “Rebel Yell” to show their spirit for him through a Billy Idol song. (They did an outstanding job on the Billy Idol song.) Then they sang a few Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles, Eric Clapton, Moody Blues and more. . . I ended up drinking three drinks in the 5 hours we were out, the first with our Greek restaurant meal. He is a “bad influence” on my drinking but we walked home the two blocks and were very happy we went out. Smiles, Robin

  2. Rogers and Hammerstein are still the best. South Pacific makes me drop to my knees. The first time I ever saw my mother cry was when we were watching a late night movie on TV. Carousel. I was seventeen, and seeing your mother cry for the first time when you are seventeen is rather life altering. To this day, when I talk about musicals with my fellow teachers, they don’t know this one. So, I say, “I’ll sing a song from the musical, then you’ll know it.” I begin to sing, “When you walk through a storm…”, yet they don’t even know the song. Sad, sad, sad. Yes, they all know Les Miserable, but that’s it. Sigh! I play my records of musicals in my classroom. Music is incredibly important.

    • Jennie, I listed a few older ones and my brother worked on the set for “Carousel” at a local theater in Cleveland, Ohio. We all felt love found with a “carny” or someone just passing through was such a touching story of humanity’s frailities. I bet seeing your mother cry did have an impact! β™‘
      I like two songs from South Pacific, “Some Enchanted Evening” and about prejudice, “You Have To Be Carefully Taught.” For fun, “I’m going to wash that man right out of my life. . .,and send him on his way!” I was raised with records on the stereo of musicals. . . One that I always wished they had made into a movie was “No Strings.” It had a black model played by Dianne Carroll and a white photographer who fell in love. Nice chatting! πŸ™‚ Take care and have a great weekend.

  3. A “singular sensation” love the description and the focus. The barn in the background and the thistle in crystal prominence.
    I wish I had seen Chorus Line to know the song. I know a few musicals and I am working to expand that knowledge. We grew up with The Sound of Music, so I suppose that is my favorite? Yet Spamalot was good and so was Wicked. πŸ™‚

    • Oh my goodness, it is okay to not know the “Chorus Line.”
      Nia, I like “Spamalot” and I read the big, thick book, “Wicked.” I have not seen the musical but did hear a few of the songs from it. The girl who sang, “Let it Go” Idina Menzel played the Wicked witch while her sister is Glynda, the good witch. πŸ™‚

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