A really good run…

No, I didn’t go for a run today. This is more one of those thoughtful posts.

I went to see Billy Elliot today. It was part of my reward to myself from the Disney World Half. I’ve seen it before (in NYC, in London and in Chicago), but when the cast it on it’s a great show and the music for the most part is great.

Well, there’s one scene when Billy’s at his audition for the Royal Ballet School and “the voice” asks him if he can say what he feels when he dances. The show being a musical, of course this leads into a song. It’s powerful enough on its own (and allows Billy to do the dance he’s ostensibly developed for the audition), and most people do only think of it in terms of relating to dancing.

But listening to it today it hit me. It perfectly describes a great, or even a really good run. At least for me. How I feel when I’m in it.

So… Elton John’s lyrics for “Electricity”…

I can’t really explain it,
I haven’t got the words
It’s a feeling that you can’t control
I suppose it’s like forgetting, losing who you are
And at the same time something makes you whole
It’s like that there’s a music playing in your ear
And I’m listening, and I’m listening and then I disappear

And then I feel a change
Like a fire deep inside
Something bursting me wide open impossible to hide
And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird
Like electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I’m free I’m free

It’s a bit like being angry,
it’s a bit like being scared
Confused and all mixed up and mad as hell
It’s like when you’ve been crying
And you’re empty and you’re full
I don’t know what it is, it’s hard to tell
It’s like that there’s a music playing in your ear
But the music is impossible, impossible to hear
But then I feel it move me
Like a burning deep inside
Something bursting me wide open impossible to hide
And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird
Like electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I’m free I’m free
Electricity, sparks inside of me
And I’m free, I’m free
I’m free. Free I’m free

Hopefully that’s how I’ll feel in the NYC Half in three weeks!!

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