Reposted from December 8, 2008, the first year I started this blog. In case you didn't know, I was a big fan (AND STILL AM) of Brian Orser. Enjoy!
ah Christmas ...
you heard the songs in the middle of October, but whenever I
hear the Frankie Avalon - big band version - of that song, I think of
sweat rolling down my face from a muggy afternoon in southern Japan.
right, two of the three amusement park shows I did in Kumamoto, Japan
featured a Christmas production. In August. It's a strange association
for me, but at least I can still tolerate the song.
have a harder time with the music from the Nutcracker. I skated with
two productions of Nutcracker and probably because the shows came along
at Christmas time, I got so tired of the music. Years later if I heard
that music in a department or grocery store, I would get nauseous and
start counting in my head, as in "right-2-3-4, left-2-3-4."
The only songs I liked from the Nutcracker were the Arabian Dance - because the music's cool and dark and mysterious, the Waltz of the Flowers - because it is one of my all-time favorites and the final Pas De Deux - because it was Brian Orser's big finale (and the show was almost over by then).
time heals everything and this year I'm taking my kid to see the
Nutcracker. Alas, it is the ballet version, so it will be a lot
stuffier than what the skaters did and there will be no Brian Orser. So
instead I give you this ...
He's looking down in the photo because someone cracked a joke, but that's him.