Sunday, October 27, 2013

I'm Obsessed: Song Edition

Hello Everyone!

I feel so terrible that I have not posted a thing to this blog lately...I have been flooded with school work, extra curricular activities, and Little Shop of Horrors rehearsals!

Tonight I'm going to be talking about some of the songs I am in love with lately. Most of them, as you might have guessed, will be from musicals.

1. My first song obsession is What I Did For Love from the musical A Chorus Line. This musical, which opened on Broadway in 1975, tells the stories of several dancers who are all auditioning for a chorus role on Broadway. My first thought when I saw the title was "Oh, an Eponine-esque song that tells the story of someone who sacrificed it all for the love of their life". As it turns out, I was wrong. At the beginning of the song, someone asks the character who sings this song, Diana Morales, what she would do if she could not ever dance again. Diana sings this entire song about how she would never regret what she did for her "love", which is dancing. As a passionate performer/writer myself, I know firsthand that we sometimes do CRAZY things for love- whether our love is writing, acting, singing, dancing, drawing, sport playing-whatever.
2. Secondly, we have Another Suitcase in Another Hall from the brilliant Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. This song is song by Juan Peron's mistress, as she muses to herself where she is going to go in her life next. Many of you have likely not been in the same situation (I can't say I have ever been!), but everyone has wondered 'where am I going to' during some point in their life...we all have moments when we just don't know where to go next. Some stand out lyrics, to me, are "Call in three months time and I'll be fine I know/or maybe not that fine/ but I'll survive anyhow/I won't recall the names and faces of this sad occasion/but that's no consolation/here and now". There's something so honest about know you will overcome something, but still, at the moment, it hurts. The video is of Samantha Barks singing; it is a little lower than the song usually is, but Samantha has one of my favorite voices, so her rendition is one of the best, in my opinion.

3. Departing from the Musical Theatre songs for a moment, my third song obsession is Starlight by Taylor Swift. The reason I'm featuring this song is because A) It's so much fun! B) To be honest, it reminds me of one of the cutest movie couples, Rose and Jack from Titanic. I'm honestly probably the only one who made the connection, so, nope, that's not what the song is actually about.  One stanza of music that reminds me of Jack and Rose is:
I said, "Oh my, what a marvelous tune"
It was the best night, never would forget how we moved.
The whole place was dressed to the nines,
And we were dancing, dancing
Like we're made of starlight
Like we're made of starlight
In Titanic, Jack and Rose go dancing that night after they leave dinner with Rose's rich (and snobby) family and acquaintances. True, the whole place was not dressed to the nines, but Jack and Rose were! Also, Jack and Rose has such a fantastic time dancing around that night, it just reminded me of the lyric "And we were dancing, dancing/like we're made of starlight".
Another "stanza" that reminded me of Jack and Rose was:
He said, "Look at you, worrying so much about things you can't change
You'll spend your whole life singing the blues if you keep thinking that way"
He was trying to skip rocks on the ocean, saying to me,
"Don't you see the starlight, starlight?
Don't you dream impossible things?"
These lyrics, especially the last line, are my favorite in the entire song. The way that Jack showed Rose that life doesn't have to be so stiff, and that, yes, it can be entertaining and lively, reminds me of the first two lyrics. Jack really got Rose to look beyond herself and dream "impossible things".
If you don't know this song, I recommend looking it up, even if you don't usually listen to Taylor Swift/pop music because its lyrics mean more than you would think.
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4. The first time I heard my forth song obsession was at a cabaret. It is originally sung by Kelly Clarkson, and is an upbeat, country song, but in my opinion, the slower (and better) version is from SMASH-it is called Crazy Dreams. The lyrics are below and pretty self-explanatory, but they are just so full of hope and optimism. Crazy Dreams is easily one of my favorite non-musical theatre songs.
Hello you long shots
You dark horse runners
Hairbrush singers, dashboard drummers
Hello you wild magnolias
Just waiting to bloom

There's a little bit of all that inside of me and you
Thank God even crazy dreams come true

I stood at the bottom of some walls I thought I couldn't climb
I felt like Cinderella at the ball just running out of time
So I know how it feels to be afraid
Think that it's all gonna slip away
Hold on, hold on

Here's to you free souls, you firefly chasers
Tree climbers, porch swingers, air guitar players
Here's to you fearless dancers, shaking walls in your bedrooms

There's a lot of wonder left inside of me and you
Thank God even crazy dreams come true

Never let a bad day be enough
To go and talk you in to giving up
Sometimes everybody feels like you
Oh, feels like you, just like you

I've met some go-getters
Some difference makers
Small town heroes, and big chance takers
I've met some young hearts with something to prove
Oh, yeah

Here's to you long shots
You dark horse runners
Hairbrush singers, and dashboard drummers
Here's to you wild magnolias
Just waiting to bloom

There's a little bit of all that inside of me and you
Thank God even crazy dreams come true
Thank God even crazy dreams come true

Those are my four song obsessions as of right now! I hope everyone enjoyed, and that you have some new music to look up! Comment with some of your song obsessions! My next topic is my favorite renditions of Les Miserables songs!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

I'm Obsessed - October 5th

Hello Everyone!

I know...I'm back so soon! Honestly I'm really psyched about this blog and I really want to get it going. That being said, I'm going to be doing something every Saturday called 'I'm Obsessed' and basically, it's a list of things that I adore at the moment. It's going to be so enjoyable to look back on these!

1. The Autumn. I'm from New England, and fall up here is absolutely gorgeous. From the foliage, to pumpkins, fall activities, and...well...fall candles, which I adore, it's not an exaggeration to say fall is the best time of year. I always feel inspired to write poetry during the fall.

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2. The Selection. This book series, written by the incredible Kiera Cass, is one of my favorites I have ever read. I'm obsessed with the amazing characters (especially it. You'll see why), and the well thought out plotline. I loved this book so much, I convinced three of my friends to read it, and they absolutely adore it now too. This book review is pretty accurate and very hilarious.
3. Les Misérables. This is my favorite musical of all time, and to me, no other musical could ever surpass it. That being said, I finally decided to purchase the Victor Hugo novel that the musical is based on...a whooping 1,463 pages long! I'm such a huge book nerd, so I am ecstatic to finally have the book and anxious to get started on reading it. Currently, my favorite characters are Eponine and Enjolras. It will be interesting to see if this changes after I finish the book! I'll do a more in depth post about what the characters in Les Mis mean to me at a later date.
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4. 'A New Life' from the musical Jekyll and Hyde. This is one of the most beautiful songs, because of how strong and desperate the lyrics are. For anyone who is familiar with the musical, you know that Jekyll and Hyde isn't exactly a happy-go-lucky show like Wicked. I've personally never seen J & H, but this song just speaks to me. Linda Eder's version of this song gives me chills...and that one belt note at the Read how beautiful these lyrics are:

 A new life -
More and more, I'm sure,
As I go through life,
Just to play the game -,
And to pursue life -
Just to share its pleasures,
And belong! -
That's what I've been here for,
All along!
Each day's
A brand new life!

5. Poetry. I am going through a poetry stage, and I couldn't be happier about it, because in my opinion poetry is one of the most beautiful forms of writing. I found this poem on Pinterest the other day, and it described how I feel perfectly. It is now one of my favorite poems.

So there you have it! My first weekly obsessions list! Please follow my blog, and comment. What are your five weekly obsessions? Do we have anything in common?
Madison :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Let's Start From The Very Beginning.

Hello, Reader!

I'm positive you have read a ton of 'Hello, my name is...' blog posts in your time, but when else am I going to tell you vital information about this blog and myself? No time like the present! Allow me to introduce myself.

Hi! I'm Madison, and the reason I opened this blog is because I wanted to discuss with the world my two favorite things: Writing (and everything that falls under that category including: books and poetry), and Musical Theatre (especially Broadway and the West End). It has come to my attention that quite a few people who enjoy writing also enjoy theatre and vice versa. That being said, this blog is for all you singing and acting writers out there...I am one myself!

I suppose I should tell you a little about myself. Everything I love is already listed on my sidebar, and believe me, you'll be hearing a ton more about those things! You should be expecting to see a lot of photo edits revolving around books or musicals, poetry written by yours truly, book reviews, ramblings about Les Mis, things I have to say about my favorite characters (from books or musicals), quotes, song analysis...pretty much anything and everything revolving around books and musical theatre!

Yet for you to get to know me better, you should probably know my ambitions and dreams, correct? For that reason, I'm sharing with you my 'life list'! I aspire to someday have 365 items on the list, but I haven't gotten there yet.

The Life List: 365 Things I Must Do

1.    Attend or host a *REAL* Tea Party with finger food and lace frocks.

2.    Publish a best-selling book.

3.    Perform on Broadway.

4.    Travel the world...backpack through Europe specifically.

5.    Stand on the top of the Eiffel Tower.

6.    Make a wish on a real shooting star.

7.    See the Northern Lights.

8.    Take a taxi in Manhattan.

9.    Work in Disneyworld.

10.  Learn how to horseback ride.

11.  Swim with the dolphins.

12.  Be on a game show.

13.   Complete an entire scrapbook.

14.   Live near the ocean.

15.   Do some worth with an anti-bullying organization.

16.   Tie messages to balloons and let them go.

17.   Write a full length play.

18.   Send out a message in a bottle.

19.   Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.

20.  Visit a real castle.

21.  Attend a real masquerade, wearing a ball gown like one seen in a Disney movie in Europe.

22.  Own an old fashioned type-writer.

23.   Go scuba diving.

24.   Write an article for a well-known fashion magazine.

25.   Read the Bible from cover to cover and comprehend it.

26.   Be called somebody’s “inspiration”...make an impact in someone’s life.

27.   Study abroad during my college years in London.

28.   Own my own bookshop/teashop.

29.   Have my own home library.

30.   Go on a Cruise and have a ‘Titanic’ moment.

31.   Ride on an Elephant.

32.   Ride on a camel.

33.   Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

34.   Throw a dart at a map and travel to wherever it lands.

35.   Visit Juliet’s House in Verona, Italy.

36.   Be a Secretary of Juliet.

37.   Be in a flash mob.

38.   Go to the Santa Monica Pier.

39.   Be a wedding planner.

40.   Go to a drive-in movie.

41.   Spend Christmas in Disneyworld.

42.   Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain.

43.   Spend New Year’s Eve in New York City.

44.   Leave a note in a library book.

45.   Give a homeless person a Christmas Present.

46.   Own a pair of Doc Marten shoes.

47.   Develop a British Accent.

48.   Visit where my ancestors are from.

49.   Sit in the front row at a Broadway show.

50.   Go for a midnight stroll in Paris.

51.   Eat Macarons from Laudrée

52.   Make a rainbow cake.

53.   Throw somebody a surprise party.

54.   Have an unforgettable adventure.

55.   Travel with family an entire summer.

56.   Pay for a soldier’s meal at a restaurant.

57.   Play Éponine in Les Misérables.

58.   Witness a wedding proposal.

59.   Real 365 books in one year.

60.   Go to Church every day for a year.

61.   Spend Christmas in London.

62.   Ride in a horse drawn Carriage.

63.   Speak fluent Italian.

64.   Speak fluent French.

65.   Get good enough at ballet to go en pointe.

66.   Ride on a Subway in New York City.

67.   Visit a Vineyard.

68.   Have a theatre company of my own and my own theatre.

69.   Fall in love at first sight.

70. Write a poetry book.

71. Play both Eponine and Cosette in Les Miserables.

I really appreciate you stopping by. I'll be updating very soon!

Madison :)