Many moons ago I was having a conversation with a friend after laughter yoga about what it means to be bohemian.
But, but tell me, that ending does not uphold the Bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom, and love?
– MOULIN ROUGE
According to Wikipedia: “Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits, with few permanent ties. Bohemians can be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.”
Someone has even written a book called Bohemian Manifesto (which I have yet to read, but helped me in the development of my own manifesto).
Bohemians are quite popular in the Musical Theatre genre, appearing in Moulin Rouge and RENT most notably. RENT even has a song called “La Vie Boheme” (the bohemian life) which offers a pretty comprehensive example-based definition. It’s quite long but i’ve bolded some of my favorites.
To days of inspiration,
Making something out of nothing,
the need to express, to communicate,
To going against the grain,
To loving tension,
To more than one dimension,
To starving for attention,
Hating dear old mom and dad
To riding your bike midday past the three piece suits-
To no absolutes-
To the Village Voice-
To any passing fad
To being an us, for once, instead of a them
Wine and beer!
To hand-crafted beers made in local breweries
to rice and beans and cheese
To curry Vindaloo
To Huevos Rancheros and Maya Angelou
to causing a commotion,
To passion, when it’s new
To anything taboo
Ginsberg, Dylan, Cunningham and Cage
To the stage!
Pablo Neruda, too
Pee Wee Herman
Vaclav Havel- The Sex Pistols,
To no shame- Never playing the fame game
To sodomy, it’s between God and me
To S & M
Hollywood and sleaze!
Food of love,
Screaming for solutions,
Risk, and danger
Making noise and making pleas!
To faggots, lezzies, dykes, cross dressers too
To people living with- Not dying from disease
La Vie Boheme!
Personally, one of the categories on this blog (the most popular) is titled Bohemian. To me it’s all about living unconventionally in an environment of diversity and acceptance. Think Commerical Drive and the Kitsilano of the past…
Viva la vie boheme!