This video stirs an unexpected desire in me to physically BECOME Mandy Patinkin so that I, too, can have an incredibly intimate and poignant moment with America and Larry King:
I think this song is amazing. I’ve known it for a long time, I’ve known the music from ‘Into the Woods’ for a long time, but it’s amazing how time can so profoundly alter your understanding of anything and everything. It’s this bit of lyrics that has really come to life in a new way for me as I listen now in my late 20s, as opposed to when I heard it every day in rehearsals as a high schooler:
Our intentions, our wishes, they do come true. If your intention is money, you’ll earn money. If things, you’ll acquire things, and things. And at the expense of what? And who? I’m realizing more and more that I need to know my intentions in this world. Our intentions affect our own life, and they affect the people around us, and then, the greater world. We have a lot to say in terms of reality, I think, and I don’t think I can continue to not take responsibility for that reality. If only for my own.
I want my wishes to mean something. I want to work toward wishes that mean more than money and things. I want to make sure the things I’m doing are fostering creativity, and honest expression, and love and compassion. I’m afraid that it sounds simple to the point of cliche or sentimentality, but I think it is that simple. We’re just so good at making things complicated.
I was using Mandy Patinkin’s performance of that song to flush out things I’ve been thinking about in terms of career and money and my overall direction in life, but turns out, he has actually addressed this issue directly in an interview with the 92Y:
Patinkin got shit. figured. out.