Well, look what I’ve found this time! Yay! I’ve missed you so much!!!! Yep, it’s my Rocky Horror Picture Show Motion Picture Soundtrack CD! I didn’t just come across this though. No, no, no... this I went actively looking for. It seems holiday appropriate but in fact when I was in high school between the ages of 15-17 I was at the local theater at midnight EVERY Friday and Saturday for the showing of the Rocky Horror Picture show. Had nothing to do with Halloween. It was just as appropriate for me on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day.
Yes, every Friday and Saturday I would get the big 80s mall hair going on and hop in my girlfriend’s old clunker of a sedan (man that thing was a boat!) and we would head off to the “Science Fiction Double Feature”. She was a year older than me so my grandparents thought she was ‘responsible’ or something. We had the act down, she would smile and nod and listen to their admonitions and then when we got in the car we would fall out giggling, because of course at the ripe old ages of 15 and 16 we were invincible. No, really, we were. Either that or we had guardian angels sitting on our shoulders.
Oh Rocky Horror, how do I love thee let me count the ways.
- You taught me at an impressionable age not to be judgmental. Whoever you are, what ever you do, as long as it is good for you, then by all means go for it.
- You taught me how to come out of my painfully shy shell and not be so socially awkward. Of course learning how to be social at the RHPS sort of makes you not understood by many of your peers....except for the theater kids. They seemed to get me just fine. Hmmmm....yes, I became a thesbian.
- You taught me how to live in the moment. For the space in time that I was in that theater, nothing else mattered. I was completely immersed and a full participant in the spectacle.
- You taught me the importance of having a best friend and someone that you can share inside jokes with. My Rocky Horror friend and bestie at the time had elbow sex and would share movie lines with one another when the situation seemed to fit. We would explode into peals of laughter while everyone just looked confused, which of course only made it more hilarious.
- You taught me though your sexually charged dialogue and visual message that there are many ways to take care of ‘needs’. The point behind this was that I learned around then that I could take care of those teenage hormonal drives myself much better than any of the boys I knew.
I’m sure if I sat and thought about it I could come up with more. Oh wait. I do have one more.
- Don’t dream it, be it. That is the best takeaway from a movie maybe ever. It doesn’t matter where you find yourself or what your present circumstances are. If there is something you dream of doing, go for it! Don’t merely wish you could or waste your time in ‘want to’. Figure out a path to get you there and work it!
Yeah, okay, so I didn’t get that lesson right away. That one has taken root as I have gotten older. But it served me well in high school too even if I didn’t realize it at the time. Once I decided that I was a theater geek, nothing held me back from auditioning for every lead that I wanted and more often than not I got them. Good times....
I’ll give this CD a spin or two and hopefully dig out the DVD while I’m at it. Audience partici-pation isn’t quite the same when you are at home. Maybe I’ll call up some friends for tomorrow while the kids are out. I’ll be not be parting with this particular item as I love it so.