Sanjusangendo, Kyoto, Japan

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Sanjusangendo, Kyoto, Japan

This temple is home to 1,032 designated national treasures. It was originally built as part of the Hojuji Palace, which is where the “cloistered emperor” Goshirakawa ruled from.

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Your showtune for September 12 is

“An Organized Life” – Vanities

Music and Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum

High school girls talk about cheerleading, the football dance, and how to lead an organized life in this peppy number from this musical which follows the lives of three friends.  They soon realize that you can never really plan life, though it helps with certain organizational tools, such as the Post-It note.  The patent for the adhesive that led to the Post-It was published on this day in 1972, allowing everyone to have a bit more of an organized life.

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Your showtune for September 11 is

“Not a Day Goes By” – Merrily We Roll Along

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

A man contemplates the last twenty years of his life and the choices he’s made in this musical told in reverse chronological order based on the play by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart.  This song which captures the aching feeling of lost love that lingers day after day is in honor and remembrance of the events of 9/11.  While it may seem inappropriate given the show’s title, the heartbreaking number makes a point about all tragedy in that we never really get over it.

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Your showtune for September 10 is

“On the Right Track” – Pippin

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz

Hopefully you feel like you are on the right track in life, but if not, listen to this pleasant diversion today.  Prince Pippin struggles to find his purpose in life throughout this musical which is essentially one long existential crisis in which the audience is along for the ride.  Thankfully, it is one Hell of a fun ride, crisis and all.  Our leading man is serenaded by the smooth talking Leading Player in this melodious song which encourages us to take it easy.

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