I am in college. That means I actually have to get up in the morning.
This is a terribly difficult thing for some people. By which I mean PLEASE JUST LET ME SLEEP WHY HAS THE SUN RISEN???
I am not a morning person. So getting up every day for school can be a bit of a trial for me, (especially when I stay up until eleven watching Disney channel movies with my siblings but shhh).
I assume that I am not alone in this terrible struggle to rise from slumber, and thus I have decided to share with you something that I DO enjoy about mornings in the hopes that it may aid you as well.
There are morning themed Broadway songs!
If you don’t like Broadway this is hardly a consolation, but I hope you can indulge me in this.
Here be a nice little list.
“Santa Fe (Prologue)” from Newsies
Okay, so this song isn’t about morning, but it is sung in the morning so it still fits. Also the newsies have to get up way earlier than I do, the poor children.
It’s early morning and Crutchie gets up before the bell rings because he wants to “beat the other fella’s to the street”. He doesn’t want anyone to notice that he hasn’t been “walking so good” and DOESN’T HE JUST MELT YOUR HEART.
Then Jack and Crutchie sing a heartfelt song about their dreams and desires and altogether this is how all mornings should go.
Watch me stand! Watch me run…
And then my heart breaks a little bit.
“Hello, Good Morning” from Of Thee I Sing
Truthfully I haven’t seen this musical and I don’t know much about it, but some of the music is fun. I think it’s about a presidential election or something? And there are corn muffins involved? That’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge.
Anyway, this song is a fitting morning ditty because, well, it’s evident from the title. It’s an easygoing chorus number sung by a bunch of secretaries in the White House, D.C. (They tell us how great it is to be a secretary in the White House, D.C. multiple times throughout the song.)
And I’m feeling swell.
Some of their chipperness is bound to rub off on me, right?
“Belle” from Beauty and the Beast
It’s just another marginally serene morning for Belle’s provincial town. And this is France, so we say “Bonjour.”
Belle is kind of feeling the drudgery of day to day life and longs for adventure (in the later specified “Great Wide Somewhere”). All the mornings are starting to run together into a hundred bonjours, breads, and sheep that probably aren’t that interested in hearing about your book.
I get you, Belle.
YOU CALL THIS BACON?
Never let someone sell you fake bacon.
“Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’!” from Oklahoma
Actually I pretty strongly dislike Oklahoma as a musical, (it’s just…so boring?!?) but my mother used to sing this song to my sisters and me, so it has sentimental value.
Curly is one of those sunny-disposition-optimist types. Also judging by this song I’m guessing he’s a morning person.
The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.
I was sure wondering how tall that corn was, thanks, Curly.
“Morning Person” from Shrek the Musical
Another one of my not-favorite musicals. But. This song is absolutely so much fun. Fiona is a total dork and I love her even though I’m not big on this musical.
She’s feeling sparkly and alive because morning is her favorite time of day. This is due to a curse and whatnot.
She’s also pretty excited because she’s supposedly getting married later that day. But she hasn’t met her husband yet. Details.
And a bird explodes in this song. Fiona gets a little dangerously enthusiastic at times.
I’ve had six cups of coffee, so I’m really wide awake.
The opposite of me in the morning, but okay.
“Race you to the Top of the Morning” from Secret Garden
Look, everyone, it’s Mandy Patinkin, it’s INIGO MONTOYA.
Okay. I love this musical. And this song.
So technically this song takes place in the darkest part of the night when Archibald Craven sneaks into his estranged son’s room to read to him while he’s asleep, but THE MORNING IS COMING AND THEY’RE TRYING SO HARD TO FIND IT.
So, yes, this constitutes as a morning song.
Would to God I could stay and instead slay your dragon.
And then my heart breaks a little more.
“Does Anybody Have a Map?” from Dear Evan Hansen
Heidi and Cynthia are both mothers with teenagers. Someone help them.
It’s morning on the first day of school, and Heidi is struggling to connect to her son Evan. Cynthia is having similar problems with her son Connor, and Zoey is trying to deal with the fact that her brother finished the milk.
We all have issues.
Can we buck up just enough to see the world won’t fall apart?
“In the Light of the Virgin Morning” from Jane Eyre
It’s one of those quiet, tranquil mornings where the mist and the flowers are like magic. The surrounding world is beautiful and haunting and serene but inside you are full of turmoil and anguish.
I’m sure you’ve experienced these mornings.
Jane loves Thornfield (the estate) and Mr. Rochester (the human who owns the estate) but she can’t have them. Blanche doesn’t like Thornfield or Mr. Rochester but she feels obligated to have them. Why does the world work this way.
If I leave this unhappy bliss where will my Eden be?
I THINK YOU MEAN “IF I LEAVE THE WARMTH OF MY BED AND VENTURE INTO THE COLD EMBRACE OF ACADEMIA WILL I RETAIN MY SANITY”.
“Good Morning, Good Day” from She Loves Me
Arpad with his bike though.
This is a chipper number sung by a group of work buddies who wish they could go on a picnic instead of going to work. Don’t we all.
When I ride my bike, people see what Maraczek’s like, so I think it’s very important that I look my best.
More chipperness. Please let it be contagious.
“Leavin’s not the only way to go” from Big River
Okay, so this song is not really an inspirational morning song. It’s kind of a downer. But it’s a really excellent song to use for an alarm because the first lyrics are extremely fitting:
Did the mornin’ come too early? Was the night not long enough?
The answer is almost always YES OF COURSE DO YOU EVEN HAVE TO ASK?
This is how I cope with mornings. Just blast Broadway at your brain and you should be fine. Broadway humans have to get up in the morning too. We can all do this, right?
Do you listen to music? What are some of your favorite morning themed songs?