During the Awards telecast, the cast performed “Ring of Keys,” primarily a solo by an 11-year-old version of Bechdel. It stunningly depicts a moment of recognition:
We aren’t all looking for that particular moment of recognition. We are all trying to find people like us. Can you remember meeting someone and instantly recognizing, “she’s like me.” Or in a group, “you’re one of us.”
It’s one of the things I love about being a choir director: watching students have that experience. Someone joins choir because they deep, deep down love to sing. When they recognize kindred spirits around the room – when they can let go of the “meh” attitude and show their passion, they are having the same discovery as young Alison in Fun Home.