Sunday, October 17, 2010
Grease is still the word. As soon as the familiar poodle skirts, letter jackets and tight fitting blue jeans for the guys appeared, I felt like I was home. I have only seen a handful of movies more than once and I have seen Grease upwards of twenty +… ok well 29 ☺.
I could tell you the exact moment Sandra Dee stomps out that cigarette and says “Tell me about it stud,” and cue you when Danny Zuko trips over the hurdle at track practice, trying to win Sandy back. Ohhh every scene and every moment gets me every time. (But I am glad in today’s world, track outfits have been updated…) The cover of my VHS tape is coming undone, and the filmstrip came loose, which did stop my heart but didn’t stop be from pouring out my piggy bank and updating to a DVD.
I often sing along to songs like I know the words, and too often get called out for making up my own. But when it comes to these lyrics, I really do know the words, and they will always remain as some of the songs on my most played on I Tunes. And compared to some of todays music, you can understand the words! Which means you don’t have to make up your own. This musical will never loose its style.
My eyes danced the whole time. I wanted to soup up my own Grease Lightning, take a trip to the drive in, have a soda pop at a diner (for 15 cents) and win a dance contest judged by Vince Fontaine. And who wouldn’t want to pull off leather pants like miss Sandra Dee. Such a simple life.
How quick the times change. Poodle skirts are now Halloween costumes, letter jackets are often seen as unfashionable, and jeans sometimes sag off the waists of those boys. At least leather jackets are still in! The world is running at a fast pace. Something newer and better is always coming out, topping off the competition. But something as familiar as Grease took me back front seat of the house I grew up in. Reminding me to take everything one day at a time, to slow down and sip that 15 cent soda, get a little funky in a dance contest and cruise in your own Grease Lighting with no worries… because
“Chang chang chang-it-ty chang
That's the way it should be
Wha oooh yeah!”