Your showtune for August 8 is

“Seize the Day” – Newsies

Music: Alan Menken   Lyrics: Jack Feldman

Make the most of your day today with this song which is the English translation of “carpe diem,” the oft-quoted Latin phrase that encourages one to live for the moment.  At this particular juncture which occurs shortly before the end of act one, the titular protagonists rally together in this musical based on the famous 1899 newsboys’ strike in New York City.

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Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany

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Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany

Schloss Charlottenburg was designed by Johann Arnold Nering. It is baroque and fascinating in its own right, but like many palaces from this time period, the gardens are the thing to see.

Your showtune for August 7 is

“August Winds” – The Last Ship

Music and Lyrics: Sting

The Last Ship did not last long on Broadway, but one should not discount it for that fact.  Take this lovely song, for example.  Apparently theatregoers were not swayed by this musical about the diminishing shipbuilding industry in a small town in England, even though it was written by Sting.  Just as the august winds offer a respite from the summer heat and a hint at what’s to come, if this beautiful song is a hint at what’s to come from the distinguished musician, then we ought to be on the lookout.

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Meissen Laughing Buddha, Meissen, Germany

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Meissen Laughing Buddha, Meissen, Germany

Meissen is world renowned for its porcelain and one of the most famous of those is the laughing buddha. That said, I am not sure if this statue is supposed to refer to that. Hm? Questions wrapped in enigmas.

Your showtune for August 6 is

“Sing for Your Supper” – The Boys From Syracuse

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Lorenz Hart

A trio of ladies trill this appetizing tune toward the end of this musical about mistaken identities based on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.  Today it is a tribute to the boys from A Walk Around Britain, a group of modern-day traveling pilgrims who literally sing for their supper.  On this day in 2009, the first review was published of the first album they released, a collection of folk songs that would make the composers of The Boys From Syracuse happily feed the boys from Britain.

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The Zwinger, Dresden, Germany

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The Zwinger, Dresden, Germany

The restoration of Dresden has been nothing short of miraculous and thankfully so. The Zwinger is a palace in the roccocco style designed by Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. As with everything, pictures cannot do it justice. It is breathtakingly beautiful.

Your showtune for August 5 is

“Back from the Great Beyond” – Prettybelle

Music: Jule Styne   Lyrics: Bob Merrill

In this cheesy number from this nutty musical, a widow is visited by the ghost of her husband who boasts about being back from the great beyond.  Unfortunately, her husband is a proud bigot, but it is the Southern belle’s misguided attempt to make up for her husband’s wrongs that is truly shocking.  When Tony Yahle died on this day in 2013, maybe he had this song in his head because forty-five minutes later, a medical miracle occurred, and he came back from the great beyond.

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