I can’t believe that BroadwayReviewed.com is now at 200 posts. Thank you everyone who reads this blog and comes back regularly. The reason I started this site is that every other site out there is about getting you to buy tickets to something or selling something and the rest are about the actors or who designed a set and costumes or who the producer is. What didn’t exist is a site about music, what it means to the author and personal opinions on songs and performers you may not have heard of. After 199 posts and looking through the site, I realized that this blog is still doing what I wanted it to do. Provide fabulous broadway songs, introduce you to awesome broadway stars and music as well as give an easy to read review of shows. Even though my philosophy for this blog hasn’t changed since starting it a few years ago, this song from one of my favorite performers Kristin Chenoweth definitely changes philosophies a lot.
Kristin Chenoweth recreated the role of Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and they added a brand new song to the revival called My New Philosophy. My New Philosophy from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is a song where Sally Brown gets a bad grade on her paper and decides that she needs to change her opinion on life by thinking of a new philosophy. Kristin Chenoweth performed My New Philosophy at the 1999 Tony Awards and when she did she not only had everyone watching fall in love with her singing and acting, but she also stole the show and made it so that no one could ever be as good or as memorable of a Sally Brown as she was. Not only was the role of Sally Brown perfect for her, but the song My New Philosophy from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is perfect for Kristin Chenoweth since it is upbeat, happy and funny at the same time. Pretty much everything you expect to see from her in a show, especially when she wasn’t as well known. Anyways, I think My New Philosophy from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is the perfect song for my 200th post because even though I haven’t changed my philosophy on how this blog should be written and who it is for, I love the song and think that everyone else will too.
It’s kind of funny when you hear a showtune and when most people think the song is sad, you find it inspirational or it makes you happy. Other times there are showtunes that are meant to be happy and to cheer you up, but when you hear them they kind of depress you. There are two songs from very popular shows that have this type of effect on me. Being Alive from Company and Happiness and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Being Alive from Company is a song that almost everyone thinks is sad or depressing. The character singing is singing about why being alone isn’t a bad thing and how he doesn’t want to find love. He is lonely and has given up hope on people and love and unfortunately always has people trying to set him up and keep him company. Unfortunately he just wants to be alone. When I hear this song I sort of relate to him but instead of seeing it as a bad thing, the song actually sounds like an inspirational and happy song.
I’m the type of person who likes my private space. I love my friends and family, but I also like my private time. When I hear the song Being Alive from Company I actually perk up because I feel that way a lot of the time. It doesn’t mean I’m depressed, it just means that I like my life how it is. The song reminds me that I have people who care about me and that I am happy Being Alive. It is a gorgeous song and actually one that I think if you don’t hear as part of the show you’ll think it is more of a happier inspirational song for people who enjoy their lives and aren’t really looking for love. Here is Being Alive from Company.
Happiness from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
This song is kind of like one of those songs that you hear as a kid. For some reason it sort of depresses me. The melody is dark and slow and the voices sound sort of depressed. The kids are singing about things that make them happy or about what they think happiness is. It’s a song that when you just hear it it should make you smile or think of what makes you happy. For some reason it always ends up making me feel depressed. I don’t know why it is because I always think of happy things when I hear it, but I always end up sort of down when it is over. Maybe it is the tune that depressed me or maybe its the voices that sound sort of depressed. Anyways, here is Happiness from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
If you have a song that has the opposite effect on you as everyone else, feel free to share it below by leaving a comment. Thank you again for reading.