I had very exciting mail this week…
But before I get to that, let me tell you a story, if I may. I’ll give you the short version. About eight years ago, a friend loaned me a copy of Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, and a CD of Webber’s musical. I wasn’t all that into the book, but I liked the soundtrack. And so an obsession was born.
A couple years after that, after a lot of delving into Phantom versions and who-knows-how-many times through the soundtrack, another friend suggested I find Michael Crawford’s other CDs. Crawford was the original Phantom in London and Broadway, and his is the voice on the soundtrack. As my friend suggested, listening to his other CDs would be like listening to the Phantom sing other songs–and it was! And so a new obsession was born.
I now have all of Crawford’s CDs because, well, he’s amazing. Somewhere along the way I stopped hearing the Phantom when Crawford sang and started hearing Crawford when the Phantom sang…if that makes any sense!
Recently I had an opportunity to mail an item in for a personalized autograph. And so, exciting mail arrived this week…
I could have had my Phantom soundtrack signed…but I suspect Crawford signs a lot of Phantom CDs! And I wanted this one anyway, because it’s my favorite. Or to be more precise, the last song on the CD, “A Piece of Sky,” is mind-blowing, life-altering, unbelievably amazing.
So I’d say that’s the most exciting mail I’ve had in, hmm, a long time. Couldn’t resist sharing!
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