La Villa Strangiato…

I was saddened by news of the passing of Neil Peart, the drummer from the band Rush earlier this month. He was arguably one of Rock & Roll’s greatest drummers of all time, and his poetic lyrics give me food for thought every time I listen to Rush, which is practically daily. Netflix recently added a documentary about the band, and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s ever listened to classic rock music. I personally consider Rush to be one of the 5 greatest bands of all time. The sound of Geddy Lee’s voice singing Neil Peart’s powerful lyrics and accompanied by Alex Lifeson’s incredible guitar riffs put Rush right up there with Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, or any other band you care to name. What’s most amazing is that 3 guys could create such an incredible sound. If you want to give Rush a listen, I’d say my favorite songs are “The Spirit of Radio”, “Limelight”, “Closer to the Heart”, “Tom Sawyer”, and “La Villa Strangiato”.  I relate to the lyrics of the song “Limelight” in my work here at Little Prince, especially these stanzas:

“Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage”

“All the world’s indeed a stage
And we are merely players
Performers and portrayers
Each another’s audience
Outside the gilded cage”

In a way, nursery production is a performance just like a concert or a play. We are indeed living on a lighted stage and you all are our audience. Like any other group of performers, we hope you love the show we’ve put on. In fact, like a musical recording, we hope you listen over and over again, year after year. Like a band, we know that many of you have become fans of Little Prince, even to the point of promoting us to friends and colleagues. We are grateful for your support.

All the photos shown today were taken this morning. One goal I have for the newsletter going forward is that I plan to eventually show fewer photos in the newsletter, and instead provide a link to a hot sheet on our website. This week, I’ve still included quite a few crop photos with the newsletter. Many things look really nice already, just in time for a relatively mild winter we’re having in the northwest. I know winter is not over, but we’ve all seen winters in the Pacific Northwest that really never get off the ground. We dodged a bullet last week in Portland when our predicted “Snowmageddon” never materialized. Some of you north and east of Seattle did feel the brunt of that system. I got to see it firsthand last week on a visit to Molbaks. Anyway, it really is time to begin putting your initial orders together for this spring. We hope to hear from you soon!

Cheers,

Mark

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