Total Solar Eclipse
You may read a lot online about the eclipse...and I have a link at the beginning of this post for you, but I since I am always about the music, I am thinking of "Little Shop of Horrors" and Seymour buying the strange little plant that appeared after "the total eclipse of the sun". If you have never seen this film, you should search it out. If you are lucky, you might find a high school that will have this as one of their musicals. It is always a hit! The songs are by Howard Ashman (lyrics) and Alan Menken (music). They also wrote the songs for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. Songwriters ECLIPSE all others for me! (Yes, I said that.) Sadly, Howard Ashman died just after Beauty and The Beast was completed. When you watch the film, you will see that there is a dedication to him at the beginning..."To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman 1950–1991".
Little Shop of Horrors is described as a "horror comedy rock musical". It is a bit hard to put something like this into a box, isn't it? I very much appreciate something that is well written, don't you?
Also, in the film the voice of the plant "Audrey" is none other than Levi Stubbs. What? You don't know Levi Stubbs? Well, you should! He was the lead singer for the Four Tops. What a voice!
Here is photo of the rising sun through a heavy cloud cover. (Richard took this one morning recently.) We are hoping for clear skies so that we will see the eclipse. The weather forecasters seem to think that it won't rain. We will see!