Last night, the household made it through 3 and a half hours of SNL’s 40th Anniversary. It was like the Lord of the Rings marathon.
Comedy, like music, becomes the soundtrack or the laugh track of our lives. Music and comedy are two of my favorite conduits in which the truth can be touched on and experienced purely.
Perhaps it is because of Lorne Michaels’ genius in keeping the flow of change steady within the format that SNL has remained a fixture in the American consciousness. New comics, new skits new ideas flowing, failing, hitting, soaring, making way for something else. The show has been praised and panned continuously but perhaps it has been providing a balance that has kept the nation and the world from tipping into complete madness.
This weekend, Julia and I discussed the beauty of being able to move about with our music, going in and out of various communities. Without getting bogged down by the political nature of various groups or the subtle pressure that comes in organizations after a time to act and think alike, we are able to offer our music and take up the various jewels and insights each group has to offer. Two things I gleaned and remember from this weekend included someone referencing Dan Savage, who writes about relationships in a rather colorful way. I don’t have a quote but Mr. Savage suggested for stoking romance with your partner, go out. Doing an activity, like bowling, allows you to see your partner in motion. This invites you to see why you fell for them in the first place. My guess is to have that work, you have to be genuinely having fun. The other thing was a woman who was offering a ‘play-shop’. “I don’t like to work,” she said, “and I don’t like the way we come to these workshops feeling like we need to be fixed.” When I talked to her she added, “We are not broken, we are just trying to remove what has been placed on us that we have come to accept is a part of us.”
It always amazes me that with 12 notes in Western music, that we are still writing songs that can connect us to our most authentic selves. Despite the corporate manipulation of everything, music, comedy and the arts still manage to make a few esthetic arrests.
The key is in the motion, the ability to hold what is essential while celebrating change.
I am grateful for the live component of life and the courage of someone like Lorne Michaels to take continuous chances on behalf of the imagination.
Love you, Ira