Proof That Real Life Is NOT Like The Movies

...especially musicals.

Case in point: While heading down the corridor at work today, I was behind an elderly gent who proceeded to sing.

Not just to himself.

Actually, quite loudly in fact.

At the top of his lungs.

While onlookers stared. Open-mouthed.

Now, I know this would not get the same reaction if he were in a movie.

In a musical, the star of the show can suddenly burst into song, no matter where they are... while limber dancers glide in from either side behind them to perform a perfectly-timed musical number proclaiming their love/despair whilst the unseen orchestra belts out the Oscar-hopeful soundtrack.

High School Musical
No one gives THEM the looks this guy got.

Although I was walking behind him, I had no temptation to join in (well, I didn't know the tune, after all...)

Nor did I keep in step and dance my way down the hallway.

But then again, I DO work in a hospital and the fellow had his left hand all bandaged up.

Must have been some great pain killers they gave him...

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Bonita Rose said...

LOL music is good for the soul.

Colleen said...

Love the fact that he did it anyway though - despite what people thought! I think when you reach a certian age, you don't care so much about the looks anymore! Good for him!

Janet said...

I love it. Whenever we watch a musical, I have the same weird it is to just burst into song, with a back-up band and everyone's outfits conveniently coordinating.

Wonder what would have happened had you known the words and joined him. Could have been the start of something big.

Jill said...

My dad always said that he grew up thinking musicals really were just real life that because my grandfather would always burst into song in public or not. :-) :-) :-)

Jill said...

My dad always said that he grew up thinking musicals really were just real life that because my grandfather would always burst into song in public or not. :-) :-) :-)

Unknown said...

What? You mean that people in Canada don't break out into song regularly in the hospital? What kind of sad, sad place is that? Happens all the time down here.

Seriously, why do we look shocked at such people. I say that he should be lauded for his sheer guts.

Bananas said...

I LOVE this post! sometimes I like to entertain myself by imagining situations IF they were in a musical. It's seriously fun.

Lynn said...

Ahhhh how cute. He was cheering himself up. I try to sing out loud but my kids give me weird looks. I guess I need singing lessons.I bet he was on some real good painkillers.

Canadian flake said...

Hi there, I wanted to pop in and thank you for stopping by my blog. Always great to meet another Canuck and a fellow dorky dad I have to admit, pain killers tend to bring out the music in me matter where I wtg to him...lmao. I have been sitting here reading your posts and OMG you are hilarious...hope you don't mind if I come back to visit again soon.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Ah, but see, a hospital would be the PERFECT setting for a musical!!

Being that I've done over 40 of them, it's never odd to me anymore when people sing in public. Heck, after doing Seussical the Musical, very little looks odd to me anymore.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Oh and High School Musical is the most wickedly evil thing ever to hit community theatres. Musician friends of mine run in fear from it.

Heather said...

I think you should have started dancing along with him! That would have been hysterical! And what would he have done!?

Alyssa said...

How great...if I were brave enough to sing out loud in public, I would get some funny looks too. I can't hold a note to save my life, so I sing while I'm in the car.

Rachael said...

LOL I wish I were that brave too!

There is a guy in our neighborhood that walks around all the time with his mp3 and singing at the top of his lungs!

Cupcake Blonde said...

I have to laugh becsue your picture is from High School Musical and I just watched that this weekend and loved it and can't wait for the sequel which comes out on the 17th.

I am a sucker for musicals.

Reminds me of the time my friends and I decided it would be musical day and we couldn't do anythingthing without singing a song every half hour. One of the most entertaining days of my life. But I am a musical girl at heart after all.

Sofia said...

LOL! Love it!

I have to admit that I have had my own musical daydreams where I just burst into song in public. I wouldn't actually have the guts to do it though.

Ann(ie) said...


I go for walks around my condo complex with my IPOD and one day hubby gently reminded me to watch how loudly I'm belting it out. He apparentely heard me as I was rounding the corner into our garage.


Maureen said...

Sounds like this spreading like some kind of virus; soon we may very well have dancing in the streets. But not shy me; I'll just stand and watch.

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