not sure where I first saw it, but someone made a point that if dream ever saw hadestown it’d be nothing short of pain and angst galore and I love it
but what if hob and dream went to watch something rotten! a.) im sure hob would get a kick out of their shakespeare-is-a-sneaky-ideas-thief route b.) he would be playing “god i hate shakespeare” on loop enough to drive dream a little crazy and c.) dream getting all the musical references vs. hob showing/telling dream where the references came from is just an adorable lil way to bond
Sometimes I think about Jimmy and Donny's dog tags flying out from underneath their shirts when they preform Welcome Home (Finale) in the pro-shot and it hurts every single time I think about it. All of the guys have lost friends, but Jimmy and Donny are the only ones who actively say something about what happened to the people they'd lost during the show, so it means a lot to me that they specifically have this happen.
They were the only ones to make it out of their respective situations, too (the grenade accident and the ship explosion). Their dog tags were ALSO the only ones to make it out.
When the tags fly out, it makes me think of the line "sing because you need to sing". They've all gone through so, so much. And with the Finale, they're finally allowing themselves to let go of *ALL* of the rules because they just *NEED* to.
This leaves them vulnerable, and their tags are emblematic of that. We only see other tags from the guys in the band when they are equally vulnerable (Counterpoint/Pie Jesu, Proud Riff).
Welcome Home (Finale), for Donny and Jimmy, while it makes them feel vulnerable and the dog tags visually represent the people they've lost... They continue to push through and play just because they *NEED* to. They don't *HAVE* to do anything for that competition. They could have walked away. But they went up there and played their hearts out not just for themselves, but for EVERYONE they've lost.
They did it for Michael. They did it for Jimmy's crew. They did it to take care of Julia, like Michael wanted. They did it for the people Davy lost, the people Nick lost, the people that Wayne and Johnny lost. But Jimmy and Donny were the characters whose losses were directly, verbally, specifically established to have directly influenced their waking thoughts, and THEY are the ones whose dog tags fly out.
Because just like they were the only ones to get out alive, their tags are some of the only ones that came back from their respective tragedies (the grenade incident/the ship explosion). And they are letting themselves be vulnerable, they are letting their tags fly out because they *NEED* to play; they *NEED* to tell not only their stories, but the stories of their lost loved ones, whose memory they carry with them with their own tags, since they weren't able to get their fellow servicemen's after their deaths.
God, I know this fandom is super dead, which is unfortunate, but I hope this makes sense.