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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

Real Life Musicals: They Do Exist

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Today, as I was riding on a chartered bus between point A and B. I found myself listening to music which is nothing new to me. If you ask people who have been around me for awhile, they will tell you of the likelihood of me bursting out in song. It’s just how I am…I like music, so whenever I’m in a good or bad mood and everything in between I am likely to be singing something that either compliments my mood or that is seeking to lift my mood. I am also a music whore…I listen to most things fairly equally (except rap and country) with my favorites being classic rock, musicals, and some pop music.

The other day a friend of mine said that someone in one of her classes said that they didn’t like musicals because there is no way that anyone gets up and just starts singing…it’s unrealistic…that’s what they said…and while I can understand the points they make that musicals seem to be “staged” (but isn’t everything now a days), I also know that my friends and I are very likely to randomly burst out into song…there are usually some harmonies and the choreography is us moving around with our daily lives…all of us know the words because let’s face it, you’re not going to sing something if you don’t know the words. We have our own little musical world…I don’t think that anything beats it. It’s better than living in the nihilistic world with some of the idiots that are out there.

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” -Anais Nin. It’s so true…music is the ultimate in connecting us together. Think of the last time you heard of some tragedy in your community. If you went to a service about it, wasn’t there singing….wasn’t everyone singing. When we’re wee things, our parents sang lullabies to lull us to sleep. When we marry, there is usually song to help the two begin their life together. And when we die, there is music to celebrate our lives.

Music is unique. Nothing else out there in the world does exactly what it does. So, I will continue to have my musical life. I will think of people having theme songs. I will burst out randomly into showtunes when I’m teaching. And I will do so with my head held high, my high note unwavering, and Jazz hands wobbling at my sides.

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February 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm