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Total Eclipse: A Desperate Love Song

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So, today, I got the opportunity to attend the wedding of a very good friend of mine. During the wedding, the music was very well placed (not nearly as much music as I would have suspected from said friend…but that’s beside the point). However, it got me in the mood to look at my iTunes library. While doing so, I realized of my copious gigabytes of music I have 330 songs that mention the word love somewhere in their title. That’s not including those that mention love but don’t directly do so in their title. It got me to thinking about love songs. And I settled upon one of my favorites “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.

Now, some people may think that it’s a weird choice. However, I think that it speaks to something inside of each person. It speaks of that love that people desire to feel. The love another person feels that is like the sun or a “shadow on [us] all of the time.” Love is one of those things that no one can truly understand until it happens to them. It’s a very ephemeral thing which is wonderful when people find it. 

The song itself is an 80’s power ballad that everyone knows. Performed originally by Bonnie Tyler (who owns the song by the way), the song has had many incarnations including placement in a German Rock Opera called Tanz der Vampire and in the show Glee. All the versions are interesting to me and good in different ways. Tyler’s version is the quintessential version with    80’s-rific sound and a video to match. The Tanz version has beautiful harmonies and striking people performing it (excpet Kevin Tarte…I can’t approve of a vampire who sings in the daytime on a part bench regardless of the promotional stunt…it’s unseemly). The Glee version is performed admirably by Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff and is edited well.

Why do I say that it’s a desperate love song? Well, listen to the lyrics. It’s about someone who has had love and now feels like they may lose it. They feel like they’re going to have a “total eclipse of the heart”. However, they are assured by their unheard lover that they should “turn around, bright eyes” because they will find the other person waiting for them.

Needless to say, I wish my friends the best as they embark on this new experience together. May they “hold on forever.”

http://thecreaves.blogspot.com/2010/05/total-eclipse-of-heart.html

Phantom of the Opera

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A gripping love story that has captivate audiences for 22 years on Broadway and more than that in its literary form. The musical follows the story of Christine, a young operatic soprano, who the Phantom, a deformed, musical genius in a mask, falls into love or lust with (you decide)…however, Christine is in love with Raoul the dashing boy from her past.

The show ends with Christine and Raoul going off to be together to “share one love, one lifetime” with each other. And the Phantom is left to his own devices and to the crowd of people who are “track[ing] down this murderer”.

Some people think that Christine made the wrong choice and that she should have went for Eric (the Phantom…I know he has a name right?). Some think that she made the right decision…I think that in the end Christine probably made the whole choice based on purely superficial reasons…

1. He lives in the sewers under an opera house (that he has destroyed might I add). What kind of life is this presenting to Christine? “Hey baby, all we need is my organ, the boat and a bed”…(I realize now that I type that it sounds very sexual…his pipe organ you perverts…). He has nothing that he can give her except his musical prowess. He has no skills with which he can get a job…and even the few he could get freak show attraction (he doesn’t need this), private voice lessons (no one would want their children or others trained by a murderer), etc. wouldn’t pan out. So, all he has for her is his music. While that is lovely, he can’t put food on the table or shelter over their heads with that. Raoul, on the other hand, is rich and can provide for her. He has stability…

2. Christine is probably a little….okay…a lot superficial…sure, she kisses him at the end of the show; however, she does this to get Raoul free…and when she did kiss him, she was probably thinking “Oh God….I’m kissing the sewer…or every rat he’s ever eaten” and “I’ll wash my mouth out later…but not too much later”…The Phantom is deformed and was born like this. While Christine may be in love with his soul, I bet she also thinks pretty practically…”Can’t go out in public with this guy…one: he’s a murderer…two: he looks like that…..Gah…”

3. She has a prissy, piece of man-meat that is falling head over heels for her…Raoul is all the things that the Phantom is not. He’s rich, pretty, and seems very stable. Christine probably found these admirable qualities when weighing out the whole issue. Spend forever with this beautiful harlequin romance novel cover model…or in the dank dark sewer with a serial killer…

In my mind, although part of me wants Christine to be like screw the norm I want to be with Eric, I know that she made the logical, sane choice…Also, I admire her for not being like “Hey, I know that I don’t want to be with you and all, but you make terrific music…would you like to come live in the basement of our mansion and keep writing me music and teaching me?”…so, at least in the end, she wasn’t a complete dick about it.

Seriously, the musical and the story is lovely…I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it or has seen it numerous times. It’s good for the spectacle, the music, and the plot. Go and enjoy…then, begin to ponder about other things.