You Know the Lion


I sat in the audience, all grins (and loving pride), watching my Piano Man conduct The Wizard of Oz. My seat was flanked by a couple—a man and a woman—and a gentleman. As soon as act one was over, we began discussing Dorothy’s sweet voice, the Scarecrow’s sassy wobbliness, the Lion’s wonderfully fun tone, the Wicked Witch’s contagious cackle…  

The woman said, “I just love the music. It makes you feel like you’re there.”

I agreed. Later, I even told my Piano Man that I closed my eyes, a time or three, and felt like I was in Oz… um, in the movie (and I thought of Oma Linda, the Celebrate Oz witchy queen ;-)

One of the men asked, “How did you like it dear? I’m a music lover,” he said, “the explosions and the flying are lively, but the music, the music!”

I, puffed up about three sizes too big (and I’m not talking about my hair), said, “I loved the sexy trees.” Seriously, my Wicked Luvs, the Apple Trees weren’t only dressed to kill but one of them had the feistiest of all Jersey accents. I nearly died laughing when she addressed the travelers. “But the music was what touched my heart the deepest. It is always amazing to see everything put together, after my guy spends so much time practicing and—”

“Oh my!” the man put his hands on over his heart, “You know the Lion!”

I was taken aback, for I had been pointing at my Piano Man when I spoke. I didn’t understand why the man assumed that… Then I looked at the Lion again; he was the only person on stage with brown sugar on his skin. “No,” I said with a huge grin on my face, “The conductor is my fiancĂ©. But I understand your confusion, the Lion and I do have the same mane.”

The man laughed, loudly.

I left it at that. He looked too mortified to need any more punishment.

The other gentleman was not as, um… gentle as I. He said, “You thought she knew him just because they are both Black?”

No one uttered a word until the end of the second act, when the lady said, “Tell your fiancĂ© that we enjoyed ourselves immensely. He is a talented man. You’re such a lucky woman.”

I related her message to my Piano Man after the show. Many times. Because I share the woman’s view.

I also shared the anecdote with the Lion… And we laughed… But deep, deep, deep inside, it wasn’t all that funny. For some reason, the man’s assumptions brought to mind feelings left behind by the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. Sometimes, people are just too quick to jump the gun…

On a happier note, I can be my Piano Man’s groupie, if I want to. And I do
Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and um…  my Lion brother from another mother?
Look at that smile!
If Toto (Loki on this side of the rainbow) doesn’t cheer you up, leave it to the music, my Wicked Luvs ;-)

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  1. ((((((Mags))))) and you handled it with your usual grace and class. How I adore you!

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    1. The gracefulness of my ways is legendary; my modesty, too... ;-D

      You are adored, right back.

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  2. Though the outcome of the Zimmerman trial is horrific, it is even more horrifying thinking that USA still clings to such a 'Wild West' mentality to guns, to self defense, to strange young men walking about at night. I read a great article about how biased your legal system is against black victims and perpetrators (I can't find it now though) and it seems this convenient loop hole (killing in self defense even when backing off is an option) ONLY serves white people. (I'll see if I can find it again, it was great).

    Now on to you and your Piano man. It is a great thing sitting back, enjoying the talent of someone you love, feeling loving and proud. When are you planning on doing your hand-fasting?

    And lastly; I have posted my first dye-attempt on my blog. It turned out great! Thank you so much again, for helping me out! Tonight I dyed 10 other clothes purple too...

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    1. We seem to have a LOT of laws/loop holes that only serve whites. Our racial hegemony has never progressed much beyond 'awful,' if we're honest with ourselves. I'd be interested in reading the article you found, if you can find it again.

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    2. Hi Eala,
      I found it:

      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/is-there-racial-bias-in-stand-your-ground-laws/

      "...found that the killings of black people by whites were more likely to be considered justified than the killings of white people by blacks."

      Scary shit.

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    3. I read the article, and then I went ahead and read the study, and the overall conclusions are not as clear as the article wants to suggest. I'm bothered by the fact that the sampling wasn't done for the reasons why the information was gathered. Also, there is no real information about the original cases came to conviction or not...

      I'm going to read it again, and see if I can find some of the original transcripts. Thanks so much for this article, Ms Misantropia. All kinds of fruit for thought that should feed me for a long, long, long time ;-)

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    4. You know Magaly, I am usually critical about things I read. But it is difficult sitting on the other side of the globe getting everything straight. That being said, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if these statistics proved to be more or less correct whatever factors you would introduce. Inequality, discrimination and bias is more common across the world, than is equality, justice and equal opportunity.

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    5. This is such a complex issue. And the more we dig, the more difficult it gets...

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  3. Hey, girl, I have a similar story... My hubby's origin was Swedish and Irish.. me, I'm an American born Korean- full blooded... I remember whenever he had a business dinner he had to go to, I would join him... We were at the table and there was an older man w/his wife.. would u believe the dude asked me to dance when my hubby went to the restroom??? Back in the late 70's mixed couples were still looked at w/raised eyebrows or unbelievable curiosity.. Anyway this older man asked my background, which I had been asked time after time... I told him I was Black-Irish... would u believe his eyes popped and he said 'really?!'..... Times haven't changed, eh? You w/your 2013 story and me w/ a 1970's story... Sad, isn't it??

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    1. I hope you grinned when you told him. Then I would have liked to see his face. What a tool...

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    2. In fact I looked at him seriously, then grinned... he looked like his gag reflex was gonna start! lol

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  4. Awww. That's wonderful.

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  5. As eloquent as ever my sexy bone-loving witch! It's such a joy watching your love do something they love, isn't it?

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  6. Beautifully, wonderfully perfect. {{HUGS}}

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  7. Oh my... well, at least he had the grace to be embarrassed? I'm reaching here, I know. Honestly, I wish I had your wit, to respond so smoothly. Archer and I don't 'match' either - in hues or in age. He's a lot older than I am, so we have a running joke - we tell people not to worry, I'm obviously adopted ;)

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    1. Ha! "Adopted" you are a riot!

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  8. Wow! The Piano man is so talented! I loved the video! Loved this thought provoking post.

    Magaly, things will change. There is absolutely no stopping it. Happy Nelson Mandela Day!

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    1. I think we've come a very long way, and if we keep at it, better and better is the only way to go from here.

      And yes, my darling is all kind of awesome!

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  9. I'm glad that the other man had the courage to call him out on his bias. Poor Lion, he must lose 15 pounds per performance in such a bulky costume! Loki is such a cutie. Wonderful video--such lovely music :)

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    1. The gentleman was very amusing, especially the look on his face when he made the question. And I agree, poor hot Lion lol

      The music is fantastic. The singing, the instruments, and the underscoring keeps you kind of suspended in time... it was a charm ;-)

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  10. You know I've been there too. You handled it very well. I've decided to be pleased the second guy didn't let the first guy get off easy and as someone else pointed out, the gentleman in question knew enough to be embarrassed. Let's hope he learned something about making assumptions. Let's hope if the opportunity presents itself, he'll act like his friend when he sees someone make a dumb assumption.

    But you know I will also agree on the power of music to really touch a soul. I think I'll be pleased by the lovely music sample you left here as well.

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    1. Music does all kinds of awesome things to the soul. Dancing and colors, too. And the writing? Wonderful! There were some lines that made me shake in my seat with giggles.

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  11. Great video! Looks like a fabulous production! Congrats to your Piano Man on this wonderful success!

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    1. *does a happy agreement dance and promises to tell my Piano Man*

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  12. You handled it better than I my dear, I am so tired of ignorant people on a Happier note I loved the video it was wonderful and also not only are you lucky to have your Piano Man, he's lucky to have you.

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    1. We are a lucky pair, thanks for noticing ;-)

      And yes, certain kinds of people will always exist. Let's hope they learn better, in the meantime we can ignore their idiocy.

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  13. Ohhhhhhh my heart is just going pita pat watching this video. How absolutely fabulous that you got to attend a presentation of the Ozness of it all conducted by the wonderfulness of your Man.
    As to the idiot with limited vision....well, we all know that folks that require a correcttion for short sightedness are persistant in our culture. I sorrow for that every day. But then I also rejoice in the good and pure things that happen all around me. I find my joy where I can and let the bad take a hike for the most part.
    The musical looks like a success. Congratulations to Piano Man.
    Thanks for knowing how I would swoooooooooon. Oma Linda

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    1. Oh, Oma there was this Wizard of Oz themed witch hat presented by the Salem Witch Museum. I forgot to take a picture, but I'll make sure my Piano Man takes one. It came with dollies dressed like Dorothy and I swear it reminded me of your wee characters.

      One day, we must see this together. Or at least, my Piano Man can play all the music as we grin and watch the Little Princess and Ry dance around. GK might believe herself too grown up for the dancing LOL

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    2. Oh I have a feeling Ms. GK is never going to fancy herself "too old" for fun. She has a very good old model for that kind of nonsense. But you have painted a glorious picture for me to smile about. I would love to be a part of that gathering for sure. Oma Linda

      Can't wait to see the WOZ witch hat....giggling

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  14. My neighbour is Jamaican decent(black) his wife is "Sheffield White" lol. Their daughters are soft milk chocolate skinned, they married white guys.....their daughters are pale olive skinned with huge dark eyes and stunning dark ringlets. That "gentleman" would have exploded trying to figure out who was related to who in that group :/
    And how you didn't explode with laughter when the other gent jumped in is beyond me lol Well done you :D
    And how fantastic to have such wonderful REAL music for the show. I hate the modern money saving scheme of using pre-recorded. You were such a "Lady" not to jump up and down *squeeeeeeing!* "Look! Look! That's MYYYYYYYY William!!!" each time someone praised the music :D XXX

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    1. I'm saving the "squeeeeeeing!" for when the Little Princess and I get to watch the show together. She is always very adept at pointing out, "That's my Daddy," so I will just tag along and start squeeeeeeing! ;-D

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  15. Oh how wonderful....magical for sure!!!!
    Loved the clips
    What a wonderful treat for all
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  16. I live in the wrong state. I need to live in Maine, where I can travel to see these shows your Piano Man is conducting. I love theatre!

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    1. Weren't you supposed to be in Maine already!?! We could have cackle at that guy together...

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    2. Supposed to be, yes. He just can't seem to find a job there doing what he's doing. Ah, well. Need to wait until the youngest is 18, then we're free to go! We are planning a trip up there in 2 yrs, though!

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    3. 2 years will fly by... you'll see ;-)

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  17. I love the video!! Congrats to your Piano Man!! So wonderful!
    Magaly, you handled yourself perfectly! I don't know what I would have done! You have class girl! Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. I will let my Piano Man know. And I'll be very classy--perhaps naked--while I do it ;-D

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  18. I wish I could see the whole show. I giggled when the lion sung his courage song. :)
    The music is lovely and your Piano man did a fabulous job.

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    1. They are an amazing team. I could hear and see him way after the show was over for the night...

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  19. This looks like it was an awesome production!!! Oh and ummm...your mane is biger than the lion`s. :-)

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    1. It was... I (and many others) enjoyed watching my Piano Man. We just got back, and I'm exhausted... "bigger than the lion's," huh?

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  20. Oh that's too damn funny

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    1. I think I did a bit a cackling...

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