I think I can safely say that this year, I am obsessed with The Nutcracker. I have listened to the whole thing in my car probably around ten times this Christmas season. Everytime track #10 is about to end, I think, "Okay, it's time to take a break." But then it just moves on to track #1 and before I know it, I've listened to the whole thing again! I just can't get enough of it! The music is beautiful and I am just amazed that anyone could compose something like that! Is it totally nerdy that sometimes I get a little teary eyed listening to it? Um yeah, thought so. #9 gets me every time.
But what is better than listening to the music in my car? Why, going to see the ballet of course! I've seen the ballet a number of times but the best performance I witnessed was done by the Moscow Ballet at some theater in L.A.
We had balcony seats...not really expensive ones, but a great view nonetheless. The setup of the stage was amazing. It wasn't just a single curtain that they kept changing with little room for the dancers. It was huge and open with props and real set design. And there was a live orchestra!
I don't think we'll be able to go this year because it's turned into an extremely busy season. (We can't even find a whole open day to go to Disneyland.) So I'll just keep listening to the music in my car...and imagine visions of sugar-plums dancing in my head. ;)