posting this tonight because holy shit it’s relevant in my life now…
Truly sorry it feels relevant but damn you sound fantastic.
“Are you Sure?”
“Are you so Sure?”
Love gives you pleasure and love brings you pain, and yet when both are gone love will still remain.
Once it has spoken, love is yours. Love never dies. Love never alters. Hearts may get broken… love endures. Hearts may get broken…
A salvaged clip from today! (No actual visual, but the camera was backwards on my phone, haha.) Here is a portion of “Love Never Dies.” Heather accompanied me on the piano.
I can tell you that I was coughing and my voice was phlegmy and crappy but that won’t make much difference to you, will it? :P
It’s super crappy (that “night” is just horrible, and oh hey, feel free to ignore my sloppy dorm room), but that is really how I record at the moment. If I am bored and procrastinating from homework, I’ll get on tumblr and sing along to random songs, from Disney to Phantom. Tada!
Oh, and the song is Til’ I Hear You Sing from Love Never Dies, specifically the London version with Ramin Karimloo.
A quick iphone quality clip of myself, sitting at my desk scrolling through tumblr and singing to LND’s Look With Your Heart. I didn’t warm up, and I tried to keep quiet because I was in a dorm, but that’s what I sound like. I have plenty of qualms with it but you can only learn from these things, right?
Here’s John-Owen Jones singingTill I Hear Sing.
I don’t know about it…here’s my list of who does it better:
- Ben Lewis
- Ramin Karimloo
- John-Owen Jones
Obviously John’s got the emotion that neither Ramin or Ben really essentially have…but still…I don’t think he could be in the sequel
But. Um. John and Ben can hit the notes.
My friend came up with a Ben emoticon:
Oh gosh, Chelsea, this is perfect!!!
Outtake from todays shoot at Phantom of the Opera.
Let hopes pass, let dreams pass
Let them die
Without you, what are they for?
I’ll always feel
No more than halfway real
Till I hear you sing once more
My friend got me addicted to Love Never Dies. (If there are Phans out there who are wary, I suggest you give it a try!)
What does this mean, “watch out, tumblr?” Well, The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite musical (and honestly the reason I discovered I could sing and the reason I’m into musical theatre at all). She knew I was wary of LND because… well… when you read the plot, you can’t take it seriously and want to smack ALW upside the head for making a big production out of a plot bunny that should never have existed.
But then you hear the music. You listen to the lyrics a bit, but you can hardly hear the lyrics because THE MUSIC. It’s beautiful. I listened to the entire OBCR long ago when it was first released but didn’t think much of it; I knew it was absolutely gorgeous but the plot scared me to death and I wouldn’t make myself get into it. But my friend, Heather, got into it and she’s been dying to get me to give it a shot. So today, finally, I did.
She brought her sheet music and an album insert so we could really follow along. And while yes, the plot is un-canon and seems insanely out of character for everyone, it’s a beautiful and tragic show. So when you think of it as its own entity, something unattached to POTO? It’s really, really beautiful.
If the characters in POTO had been different (and had Erik—or if you don’t know him by Erik, the Phantom—been less possessive and stalker-y), Christine could have been in love with him and LND could have felt slightly legitimate. But, um. No. Still, the story was tragically beautiful — a story of unrequited love put to rest in a somber and bereft yet wondrous and Moulin Rouge-esque fashion. I fought tears on a few occasions, and I could listen to “Till I Hear You Sing” a million times and still get chills the way Ramin nails that final note with the orchestra pounding out those beautiful notes that ALW knows how to use in just the right way. Though I should note, I’ll be excited to see how the Australian version does and what all it’s changed; lyrical changes are appreciated; my friend and I agreed some of the words were kind of sophomoric. And there are really only a few songs that get me in a tizzy.
It cannot compare with POTO but it’s worth a listen and/or a watch.
If you doubt me, watch Ramin’s performance and tell me you’re not interested then. I won’t believe you.
And on that note, if you think you really understand Phantom, read Gaston Leroux’s novel. It changes everything.