It's been coming to 6 years since I watched the movie with the late Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, I grew a liking on the songs and the movie.
As many West Side Story fans like myself, I knew many of the songs. But the most beautiful song among them that I love is 'Tonight', followed by 'Somewhere'. The former would definitely be an amazing wedding song while the latter is telling us to follow your dreams, even though you are down and upset. Another song that I like is America, because Anita manage to stand up to her belief on her opinion on America, I also like how the boys countered...
The year 2001 was a rather strange and sad year, generally, with the dearth of decent movies, the horrifically freaky events of 9/11/01's attacks on the WTC Towers in NYC, and, also for me and my family, the passing of my father in late January of that year after a long illness.
Now for the crux of my essay:
That year, I had the great fortune and honor, courtesy of some old friends of mine down in the Big Apple, to attend a special 40th-year-anniversary screening of West Side Story, at NYC's renowned Radio City Music Hall.
In mid-August of 2001, I'd just come home from an eye-dilation examination...