Welcome to 2017, year of the FIRE ROOSTER. Seriously.
By Alisha Giampola (writer/performer)
When I was little I loved looking at the Chinese zodiac paper placemats that would invariably be under your plate of egg rolls and duck sauce. I loved how arbitrary the parings of years to animals seemed. I loved that awesome or mystical creatures like dragons and tigers held the same positions of importance as goats and rats. I loved that animals who would never in real life hang out together were considered compatible as friends or partners. Oxen and roosters. Dragons and monkeys.
Roosters, according to Chinese astrology (and also basic common sense for anyone who has ever been near a farm), are the punctual waker-uppers of the animal kingdom. They represent timeliness and constancy. I personally have felt very drawn towards making 2017 a year of consistency for myself. Consistency in all areas of life. Writing, charitable giving, activism. Not making changes that are unsustainable, but doing a little bit each day in the things that really matter. I've been working on a new project that I'd like to focus more on in the new year. The book of a musical, which is something I've never tried before. New things are scary, and change is scary, and 2017 might be a little scary, but in the words of the great Stephen Sondheim: scary is exciting, and nice is different than good. I've been really nice for a long time, but this year I'd like to also be good.
Crazytown is on a break right now, and I won't be posting next week, but I'll be returning the week after and I'm looking forward to seeing the kind of good that can be created by artists and creatives during 2017.