"Put on the Costume" ("Vesti la Giubba") is one of the most famous songs (arias) in opera history. Why is that? Well, maybe everyone can relate to the clown before he goes on stage, who has to paint on his happy face even though he is crying on the inside. I hadn't thought much about this aria and why it is so beloved until a few days ago when Dr. Michael Ballam, distinguished operatic tenor and director of Utah Festival Opera, sang this aria and spoke about it at an opera luncheon I attended.
Hard things happen in life! The words to the song that this clown, Canio, sings remind us that even though we might be going through REALLY difficult or painful things right now, we can STILL get up, put on our clothes, comb our hair, and make it through another minute, another hour, another day.
So, hang in there. Please, don't give up. You will make it through the hard times. It takes determination, faith, and taking one breath at a time to get through them. I'm not saying don't be 'real', I just love Canio's example ~ that we can still go on with the show, even when life gets hard. Or, as Winston Churchill said, "Never, never, never give up". He also said, "If you're going through hell, keep going."
Look up the song on iTunes. It's called "Vesti la Giubba". I bet you'll recognize it!
Put on your costume. Powder your face.
The people pay to be here, and they want to laugh.
Turn your distress and tears into jest,
Your pain and sobbing into a funny face.