when i was a little girl, my daily sustenance came in the form of all the wonderful cartoons from the legendary chuck jones, the creator of bugs bunny and tom & jerry for merry melodies and looney tunes. remember those?
oh the hours that i would sit contentedly in front of the telly with an ear to ear grin. one of the best presents that i ever received was from my good friend, patrick, who bought for my birthday the bugs bunny dvd box set. he and i are just big kids. the idea of watching saturday morning cartoons in your pjs is simply a wonderful way to spend a weekend. (yeah, we’re never going to grow up)
sidebar: i pooh pooh the idea that the bugs bunny/tom & jerry gang are too violent for kids to watch. my whole generation and the one before us turned out fine. and watching these classic cartoons is a right of passage! a cross-generation bonding experience. i shudder to think if i have kidlets that they’ll be watching barney or the teletubbies. (someone, please tell me what are those things?!)
so a musical seed was planted within me watching these cartoons. something that became familiar to me from the repeated watchings throughout the years. musical orchestrations, that coupled with these cartoons, would always bring me back to a happier time. i just didn’t know it yet.
that is until i started with my job exactly a year ago today. i count myself lucky to have an artistic job that challenges me and offer so much to learn and experience, a motley crew of characters that i enjoy spending a good chunk of my day with and an exciting future for the company that i want to contribute to and be a part of. a job where I feel appreciated and little things such as remembering and acknowledging the date i was hired is a sure sign that i’m at the right place. so unless the company decides to throw me out of the door, i think i’ll be staying.
and in a way, i’ve now come full circle, for the opera/classical music in those childhood cartoons which i associated with happy feelings, have once again brought smiles and joy to my daily life.
and I’ve just come to realize during this year that:
a) cartoons were my first exposure to classical music and i was more familiar with opera than i thought I was.
b) i’ve come to dig on operas and classical music
good job chuck. what a legacy to leave behind and instill on the upcoming generations.
a blast from the past. enjoy.