Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

By Alan Caruba

It's an "age thing", but I can barely watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade because--to me-- it is just one long commercial. Every balloon and every float seem to have some kind of tie-in with a buy-me message. But then again, it is a parade sponsored by a chain of department stores!

And, again, is it just me or has Broadway had a total melt-down of creativity? Every musical appears to have begun as a movie. Having grown up in an era when Broadway musicals had their own original plots and some truly memorable songs, I was unimpressed by the brief performances I watched. Is everything a spin-off today? Also the dancing more resembles a work-out at the local weight-loss or fitness emporium than what used to be real choreography.

Where's Bob Fosse when you need him? Or Hal Prince? Or Rogers and Hammerstein?

I also have a limit for how many bands I can watch at one sitting. So, in truth, I didn't watch much of the parade, though I did try to watch parts of it.

The rest of the day was devoted to rest. I mostly napped in between reading.

Sorry, no big family dinner. Those days are gone with loved ones who have passed on and what is left of the family otherwise occupied.


BillD said...

Thanksgiving greetings, Alan.

Alan Caruba said...

Thank you, Bill. And a wish for a very Merry Christmas, too.