Stages of Grief for the 'BPP': Denial

Kurt Cobain

In Nirvana's breakout hit, Kurt Cobain sings, "a denial, a denial, a denial." Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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In our last week at the Byrant Park Project, we're using music to move through the stages of grief as defined by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross.

Today, I took the first one, denial, for which I played Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." It's a song that seems to be maybe just a mess of feelings until the very end, when Kurt Cobain sings, "a denial, a denial, a denial."

Ever since I learned the Bryant Park Project was being canceled, I've thought to myself, "I can't believe it. I can't believe it." Which means I'm in denial, even though I know the facts are the facts.

Mostly, I just want to say how much I love the people who work on the show and the people who listen to it. We really did create a community. We really did have a lot of fun. Something wonderful really did happen here — there's no denying it.

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