Sunday, August 21, 2011
The Melody Lingers On...Songs For A Sunday in New York!
"I believe that if everyone began EVERY DAY with a show tune, there would be no violence in the world!"
I am a lucky HAPPY guy! I say this because I am surrounded my music all the time. And I'm lucky that so many of my friends are singers and/or musicians. And, not only are some of them singers, they are GREAT singers.
The above quote I came up with in one of my shows many years ago and it struck me as if I were struck by lightening. Think about it...How can you be in a bad mood or do something bad, if toe tapping music is coursing through your veins.
I was listening to Tommy Tune the other day and he was talking about how excited he was leaving the theatre recently after seeing ANYTHING GOES! A show, by the way, that was written in the midst of The Great Depression. Kathleen Marshall who directed and choreographed the current revival says that this show has always been revived during economic times. Tommy went on to talk about "musical comedies" (as they used to be called!) to "MUSICALS". I know that I was in the minority but I never wanted to see "NEXT TO NORMAL" on Broadway...Pulitzer or not. I want something uplifting when I go to the theatre. I want to escape the REALITIES of the world.
I don't need to see it reflected on stage.
Songs are like old friends that when we hear them, they take us on a journey of both good and sad memories. I did a straw poll this morning to see what people were listening to. Here are the results! Sit back and enjoy the songs that I and others are listening to on soon to be rainy Sunday in New York!
Jeremy Michael Lagunas wrote: "I am listening to a playlist , currently the song playing is Judy Garlands "The Man that got Away from A STAR IS BORN."
A Star Is Born is a 1954 American musical film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay written by Moss Hart was an adaptation of the original 1937 film, which was based on the original screenplay by Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, and Alan Campbell. In 2000, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The film ranked #43 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Passions list in 2002 and #7 on its list of best musicals in 2006. The song "The Man That Got Away" was ranked #11 on AFI's list of the 100 top tunes in films.
Star Judy Garland had not made a movie since she had mutually negotiated the release from her MGM contract soon after filming began on Royal Wedding in 1950, and the film was promoted heavily as her comeback.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and NBC, which was televising the ceremony, sent a film crew to the hospital room where she was recuperating after giving birth to her son Joey in order to carry her acceptance speech live if she won, but she lost to Grace Kelly for The Country Girl.
Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow (Reprise)
This reprise of ‘Over the Rainbow’ ended up being cut from the final version of the film. It has an additional chorus that is sung by Dorothy while she’s locked in a room in the witch’s castle, helplessly awaiting death as the witch’s hourglass runs out. Dorothy weeps her way through it, unable to finish, concluding with a tear-filled, “I’m frightened, Auntie Em – I’m frightened!”
This song means so much to me already and I have such love for Judy Garland and the struggles she went through, that listening to her voice breaking with tears as she sings this, it’s too much.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland
Photo credit: Corbis (Source: THE JUDY GARLAND EXPERIENCE)
I, too, am listening to a Playlist. Right now, I'm listening to Baby Jane Dexter singing GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE from her cd, YOU'RE FOLLOWING ME.
Minnelli started performing at age 16, in 1963, in an Off-Broadway revival of the musical Best Foot Forward, for which she received good notices.
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Sheila Weiler wrote: "Because I am classically trained both in voice and piano, first I listen to classical music. Then I listen to all types of swing/jazz genres including vocalists; then Broadway musicals and then the recordings of Sylvia Syms; and, finally, any Rodgers and Hart music followed by the songs/music of Harry Warren."
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