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The Last Five Years

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I don’t know if any of you out there in the blog world are familiar with the musical The Last Five Years, but it is brilliant. From the concept itself to the music of Jason Robert Brown, it is amazing. It is the perfect blend of narration, conceptual idea, and beautiful music.

The story of the musical follows two main characters (actually the only people in the show) and their relationship, marriage, and the inevitable failure of both. You’re probably sitting there wondering how this can be a new or different idea. And if you’re looking for an offbeat story, don’t let the plot throw you to thinking that it’s mediocre (even though the plot is beautifully written). The true beauty of this musical lies in the format. Cathy, the female lead and also an actress, starts at the end of the relationship in the play and moves backwards through every fight and lovely moment until we get to the beginning. Jamie, the male lead and a budding writer, on the other hand, starts at the beginning and moves toward the end. While both of them effect the other over the course of the musical, they only have a couple of songs that they sing together, and when they do, believe me when I say it’s for dramatic and emotional effect.

With the vocal talents of Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott, Jason Robert Brown (a relative unknown among the musical greats of Sondheim and Webber) has his music brought to life. With fun pieces such as “Summer in Ohio,” “Shiksa Goddess,” and others, Brown lightens the mood of the story by making us see that relationships aren’t all bad…there is good in even the worst of relationships. But this also makes the other powerful numbers like “Still Hurting”, “Nobody Needs to Know”, “Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You”, and others stand out to be even more heartbreaking and beautiful. It is a perfect blend of both teetering on the edge of collapse, just like the couple’s marriage.

Although The Last Five Years has been out since 2002, it still holds true today and is a beautiful music, lyrics, and mood can still touch the masses. It is something that is truly timeless in my opinions and is a musical that I continue to come back to while others may fade into the recesses of my mind. Why? Because the ideas are something that we can relate to…losing love after working so hard to see it succeed and grow.

“Still Hurting”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47R4kjgysgg

“Climbing Up Hill”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnc-RvXdVEM

“Shiksa Goddess”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C99-mHTMSzI

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Wichita Skyline

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Wichita Skyline

The skyline shines brightly

Under the acrid smog.

A beacon of hope

In this mechanical jungle.

Tis a shimmer of life

In such a lifeless space.

One does not realize

Until the power goes out.

Written by barryr22

March 18, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Notre Dame de Paris

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A musical of modulations is the best way to describe this little gem. It follows the story of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and does a wonderful job of it. It is one of the few adaptations that seems to really hold the spirit and beautiful agony that Hugo presents in his work.

In the musical, after Esmeralda has been killed and Quasimodo kills Frollo, he kneels over her and sings a very poignant song called “Dance my Esmeralda”. It is heart breaking and is more sadly defined by the dancing that occurs as the Esmeralda and Quasimodo doubles come out. The scene ends with the Esmeralda doubles floating on wires in the air. The song itself is very dramatic and heartbreaking as the hunchback declares that he will “die for love” and that in years to come people will find “their bodies joined as one”.

“Dance My Esmeralda”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwoRg12xy9I

When the years have all come and gone.
They’ll find beneath the ground.
Our two bodies joined as one.
Showing how we were bound.
How much Quasimodo once loved.
Esmeralda the gypsy girl.
How he was marked by god above.
Just to help him to bear his cross.
Just to help him to bear his cross.
Eat my body and drink my blood.
Vultures of Montfaucon.
So that death more than this life could.
Join our two names as one.
Let my poor soul just fly away.
From the miseries of this earth.
Let my love find the light of day.
In the light of the universe.
In the light of the universe.

Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Dance just one more time for me.
You know I’ll die for love of you.
Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Please let my poor soul fly free.
It is not death to die for you.

Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Please come sleep here in my arms.
You know I’d die for love of you.
Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Beyond, and beyond beyond.
It is not death to die for you.

Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Please let my poor soul fly free.
It is not death to die for you.

Originally done in French (and beautifully I might add), this musical is quite brilliant. Generally, I am not a fan of modulating keys; however, this show uses the key changes to add emotional highs and lows to the overall mood. It’s quite lovely and simplistic but complex and mind-blowing in its own right. Also, Garou (Quasimodo) is amazing. His gravelly voice adds so much to the character. Beautiful lyrics, well-intentioned lifts, and great voices add to the loveliness that is this musical.

Bridge Over Troubled Water: Relief for Haiti

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At the Grammy’s a week or so ago, Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli performed a version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to benefit the Haitian Relief Effort. The proceeds of the songs (as sold on iTunes) goes 100% toward aiding Haiti. It was a glorious melding of voices that seem to be opposite ideals of each other. The sultry soulful voice of Blige and the angelic voice of Bocelli blended together as if to state that no matter what our differences are we can stand united as a world community to help and defend those in bad places.

“Bridge Over Troubled Water”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dirgm45ELU

(Andrea)
Sei hai paura
Piangera’
E dentro gli’occhi tuoi
la ….
Il correrera’
e’ l’asiugero’….
Il sole rivertrai
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.

(Mary)
When you’re down and out, when you’re on the street
When evening falls, when it falls so hard I will comfort you.
I’ll take your part.

When darkness comes, oh yeah, and pain is all, all around,
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.
(Andrea) I will lay me down, (Mary) I will lay me down

(Both)
Sail on silver girl, sail on by.
Your time has come to shine
(Andrea) All you dreams, (Mary) All those dreams are on their way.

(Both) See how they shine.
(Mary) Oh-oh
If you need a friend, if you need a friend…

Like a bridge over troubled water,

I will lay me down, I will lay me down.

(Both) Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
I will ease your mind
I will ease your mind
I will ease your mind
I will ease your mind
I will ease your mind.

(Both) I WILL EASE YOUR MIND.(Mary) I will ease your mind.

If for no other reason than buying a beautiful version of a classic song, I would suggest purchasing this song from iTunes. It’s a message of hope, love, and sincerity.

Fat Tuesday

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 Fat Tuesday 

An afterthought of

A party on a Tuesday.

Discarded into a gutter

Like a cigarette butt or a used condom

In this time of excess.

Radiant as I was when

I adorned a face.

Now, I lie in the damp

Muck of this endlessly sinking

City which will fall like Sodom and Gamora

One day due to its sins.

My plumage once like a peacock

Is now sullen and dank as the sewer

I’m stuck in.

Do no weep for me my brethren

Though for I had my chance in

The sun, to romp through a

Day where excess is all.

A day before prayer and ash

Are used to make saints.

However, I was beautiful, and

Now, though forgotten, had a glorious day.

Written by barryr22

February 8, 2010 at 12:15 am

Songs that Make Me Feel

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I don’t know how many people are out there like this, but music seems to be the only thing that can really get me emotionally when nothing else can. Today, I had my iPod on shuffle and songs from Les Miserables the Cameron Macintosh musical came on…I haven’t listened to the musical in awhile, so I left them on not knowing this would be an interesting decision about 5 miles down the road.

I don’t know how many of you know the musical, but it’s actually quite beautifully depressing…that would be the best way for me to describe it. In one scene, Fantine (who is now a prostitute after selling her locket and her hair because this is the only way she can support her daughter Cosette) is dying and hallucinates in her fever that she is talking to Cosette.

Lyrics to “Come to Me (Fantine’s Death)”
Fantine
Cosette, it’s turned so cold
Cosette, it’s past your bedtime
You’ve played the day away
And soon it will be night.
Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading
Don’t you see the evening star appearing?
Come to me, and rest against my shoulder
How fast the minutes fly away and every minute colder.
Hurry near, another day is dying
Don’t you hear, the winter wind is crying?
There’s a darkness which comes without a warning
But I will sing you lullabyes and wake you in the morning.

[Valjean enters.]

Valjean
Oh, Fantine, our time is running out
But Fantine, I swear this on my life

Fantine
Look, M’sieur, where all the children play

Valjean
Be at peace, be at peace evermore.

Fantine
My Cosette…

Valjean
Shall live in my protection

Fantine
Take her now

Valjean
Your child will want for nothing

Fantine
Good M’sieur, you come from God in Heaven.

Valjean
And none will ever harm Cosette
As long as I am living.

Fantine
Take my hand,
The night grows ever colder.

Valjean
Then I will keep you warm.

Fantine
Take my child, I give her to your keeping.

Valjean
Take shelter from the storm

Fantine
For God’s sake, please stay till I am sleeping
And tell Cosette Ilove her
And I’ll see her when I wake…

(Lyrics from http://www.lyricsdownload.com/les-miserables-come-to-me-fantine-s-death-lyrics.html)

View video of the Song below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVkjhXEIEuU

The lyrics are poetry in themselves. The show in itself is beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone. I love the fact that music can break barriers that other media cannot breach. It makes me feel human.