Bleh with Barry

Random with a cynical twist of lime.

Posts Tagged ‘Colm Wilkinson

Somethings that Make Me Tear Up Everytime

leave a comment »

So, I’ll be honest with you. I’m a person who is pretty dead when it comes to being emotional in front of people. Part of this may be due to my raising because in the south boys aren’t supposed to cry. Part of it may also because I am just a person who understands that there is a time and a place for emotions. For example, I don’t think that everyone should share the dirty laundry of their break up with people that they might at best consider acquaintances. It’s just a thing. Perhaps, I suffer alone without rhyme or reason. I don’t know. However, I will continue to do such because it’s ingrained in my nature now.

There are a couple of things that get me every time though. Both of them are musicals. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, music is the great emotional manipulator in my mind. Why? It mixes the strong emotions of the world with music.

 I am a sucker for music. It is a great love of mine. I love music from classical to contemporary because it hits on so many levels within my psyche. It manipulates me like no person will ever be able to. I am a wimp when it comes to musical manipulation or surprises (don’t get me started on this…the end of Atonement , a movie, and Next to Normal, a musical).

The main things that get me are musicals. It’s because of the music. It’s the one thing that will get me time after time. It breaks down all the barriers and makes me feel at ease before it shatters the barriers that I put up to contain my emotional baggage.

Recently, there have been two musicals that have done this to me. Next to Normal and Les Miserables cause me much grief as I listen to the beautiful heartache that is contained within the melodies and harmonies of each. They each have a great overarching story that makes me sad (what with a bipolar mother and the effects on the family and the French Revolution). However, each of them presents their sad tale in the form of a musical drama. This is the worst/best part for me. I love the music of each musical (matter-of-factly, N2N is brilliant across the board musically).

They set me at ease and then take me into the depths of despair. They each leave me with hope and allow me to face emotions that I would never think about pouring myself into. They make me think which is pretty phenomenal for anything that is supposed to be as superficial and candied as a musical. I find myself starting to get into the action and feel with the characters every time with these two musicals. Quite frankly, I suggest that if you haven’t heard/seen them that you do so as soon as possible because they are an experience not to be trifled with.

Advertisements

Songs that Make Me Feel

leave a comment »

 

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.