17 November 2012

The Muse: Godspell

 I have had a few off experiences with Godspell. FIrst, until this year I had never seen it, bad Catholic that I am. Somehow when the musical came to my high school I was conveniently not there to see it. Sure I knew some of the music, though I knew Day by Day better from Meet the Parents than anywhere else. Then one week last spring Father Gabriel our auxiliary priest and a theology professor at Providence College gave a homily on how he had really wanted to play John the Baptist, in which he sang the opening number. Forunately Gabriel is also the musical director for the Dominicans so this wasn't a bad thing. As if that wasn't enough Godspell one day in the Walmart parking lot of all places. I was walking a cart full of groceries out to my car when I heard music. I thought someone just had their window open and I heard the radio. Then I realized this very large and intimidating African-American man was sitting in his car singing the very same John the Baptist song, bellowing "Prepare Ye the way of the Lord." suddenly a woman joined in and a mini Godspell flash mob broke out right there. Now I wouldn't say it was the strangest thing I've ever seen in the Walmart parking lot, but it was close. Either way I figured I had been sent enough signs and took out the movie from the library. No bones about it, Godspell is pretty freaking weird. There aren't a whole lot of great songs either, perhaps I'm just a generation too late. However if I were to join a ragtag group of followers worshiping a social outcast in a Superman shirt this is the outfit I would wear to dance in the Bethesda fountain and frolic around a junkyard. Alas the clown makeup wasn't work appropriate. At the end of the day I gave it a chance. I have to say I was bothered by the no Resurrection thing at the end, I mean, no Resurrection, what's the point? And the whole John the Baptist and Judas are the same person thing? That doesn't even make sense.Personally for my money if you want a musical about Jesus I'd go with Jesus Christ Superstar all the way, Andrew Lloyd Weber's tunes are way catchier and no greasepaint is required.

Sweater: Old Navy
Dress (worn as a skirt): Worthington via J.C. Penny
Shoes: Candies via Kohl's
Purse: Target
Hair clip: Anthropologie

Honestly if you had to pick a Jesus to follow, who would you take more seriously?


  1. My hair is getting long enough to need an ornament sometimes when it won't behave. Yours is absolutely something I'd love.

  2. I've had this one for years, its definitely on the tame end of the feather spectrum. Though its getting a little ragged around the edges from so much wear I still love it. Forever 21 is much too young for me in terms of their clothing's cut and style and I find the quality very poor. Their accessories however are varied, of decent quality, and very cheap (this headband was less than $5) if you're looking to try something new it would be a good place to start! Thanks for reading!