"Have you been half asleep? And have you heard voices? I've heard them calling my name..."
This week I saw "The Muppets" for the second time, a movie I consider to be 90% perfect. My kids and I have been listening to the soundtrack nonstop since Thanksgiving when we saw it the first time and the arrival of my brother's family gave me the perfect excuse to see it again!
I want to give lots of props to Jason Segal, a guy I find extremely inspiring. I've been following his career since he was the guy drunkenly fondling a watermelon in Can't Hardly Wait. I loved him in Freaks and Geeks and enjoyed him in various Judd Apatow vehicles and his own raunchy comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. FSM features Jason Segal indulging his own fanboy self with a production of Dracula done with some puppets that were suspiciously Muppet-like.
It was with great joy that I found out that he was planning to reboot The Muppets. He obviously was a true fan, with a true understanding of how to bring the Muppets back to life. The fact that Frank Oz was opposed to the project is something I find baffling at best, and I'd like to know what he thinks now. There were a few imperfections in the movie, but very few, and overall I thought it was charming and hilarious and something I wouldn't mind my children watching 500 times.
When I was a kid I never thought much about The Rainbow Connection. It was, to me, a mildly boring song that Kermit sang with a banjo. Classic Muppets, but not my favorite. That all changed when I viewed "The Muppets."
It might have something to do with where my emotions have been lately. I've been yearning, absolutely yearning...to BECOME. To break away from this way I have classified myself and grow larger...larger than this life. I have done what I have set out to do, and I am finding old passions lighting in my heart...voices from my past reminding me of what I am capable of and what I have yet to accomplish. So when I sat in the dark theater and heard the words...
"Have you been half asleep? And have you heard voices? I heard them calling my name...Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors? It might be one and the same. I've heard it too many times to ignore it...there's something that I'm sp'osed to be..."
I have to think that Jason Segal heard those voices to, and they have led him to where he is now. And if the voices are calling him, they are also calling me.
I'm leaving my family to become a Muppeteer.
Ok. Not really.
But I do feel I am being called. That there is something afoot. That I am bound for greatness. That this is only the beginning.
Someday I'll find it.