Monthly Archives: December 2010

Kristin Chenoweth and Il Divo Do You Hear What I Hear.

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I know Christmas is over and I already did a New Years post, but when I saw this video of Kristin Chenoweth singing Do You Hear What I Hear with Il Divo I had to share it.  Not only is she amazing, I compeltely had another Chenomoment, but when you combine her with 4 gorgeous foreign  male opera singers that I saw tour with Barbara Streisand you get an amazing song.

Do You Hear What I Hear is already a gorgeous song on its own.  There are a million versions of it out there.  There are also a ton of incredible voices that have sang it and done an amazing job.  Although there is nothing special about this version, the voices that combine together and the talent behind it makes it an absolutely incredible version that definitely makes the top ten list for versions of Do You Hear What I Hear.  The Kristin Chenoweth and Il Divo Version of Do You Hear What I Hear is definitely going into my play list for next years holiday iPhone soundtrack.  I cannot believe that I missed this one and didn’t even know it existed.   Anyways, here is Do You Hear What I Hear by Kristen Chenoweth and the amazing and gorgeous Il Divo.

Its not where you start its where you finish from Seesaw, Happy New Years

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With New Years Eve this Friday I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Years.  Out of the millions of songs I could choose for inspiration for the new years, I think there is only one that says what I wish you all in a time of a recovering economy and people starting to prosper again.  It’s Not Where You Start It’s Where You Finish from the Musical Seesaw is the perfect song for New Years Eve 2010 and New Years 2011.

It’s Not Where You Start It’s Where You Finish from Seesaw is a song about someone who is excited to land a job as an assistant choreographer for a broadway show.  Not only is it his break to get to learn, but it gets him some experience so that he can learn how to become a full choreographer on Broadway and build up a name for himself so he can land his dream job of being a real Choreographer.  With thousands of students graduating and entering the workforce and assistants wanting to become Managers.  Managers wanting to become Directors and Directors wanting to become VPs, it doesn’t matter where you are at.  Learn as much as you can and work your way up to the top.  It’s Not Where You Start It’s Where You Finish from Seesaw is the perfect song to motivate you to set your goal for 2011.

If you want to lose 20 pounds, plan it out and actually do it.  It doesn’t matter that you are starting the year with the extra weight.  Play It’s Not Where You Start It’s Where You Finish from Seesaw in the morning to remind yourself to keep focused and work on loosing the weight.  Listen to It’s Not Where You Start It’s Where You Finish from Seesaw to work your way up in your company this year and get the new title or the raise you deserve, and use the song to also help you achieve your other goals in 2011.

I want to wish you all a very happy and healthy new years this year and to welcome 2011 in I think we should all focus on achieving our goals.  It’s Not Where You Start It’s Where You Finish from Seesaw is the perfect song to keep you on track and keep you focused for 2011.  Happy New Years everyone.

Two inspirational broadway songs to pick you back up.

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I know my last post about sad ballads and lovers who cannot find or be with each other was a bit down so I wanted to post two broadway songs which I think are perfect for bringing your spirits back up and inspiring you.   These two inspirational broadway songs are ones that aren’t the most well known but when you hear them I think that you will fall in love with them.  Not only are they great to listen to when you’re feeling down, but when you are on your way to work, these two inspirational broadway songs are ones that can make you go in feeling confident and ready to kick some ass.  The first song is from the show Anyone Can Whistle.

Most people only know the song Anyone Can Whistle from Anyone Can Whistle because of the amazing job Bernadette Peters did singing it.  The fabulous Ms. Barbara Streisand also did a cover I think.  There is another song in the show called Everbody Says Don’t.

Everybody Says Don’t is a song about saying screw those people who doubt you or say you cannot do something.  It is about pushing through the limits and proving you are right.  I am currently having one of those moments and even though I will probably end up not pushing and fighting to the top, mainly because I don’t care enough, I will make sure I have made an impression and shown that I am the best.  The reality is that you don’t have to be on top, as long as you can prove you are the best, you can do it better and that you gave it your all then you should be proud of yourself.  That is why I love this song.  There are a million versions of it and a million people who have sung it.  Instead of showing you one of the videos, here is the song from the soundtrack.

The other song I wanted to share is from a show called Title of Show.  It is about a few people who realize that their show may not take off or be the best, but as long as a few people love it that is all that matters.  Nine people’s favorite from Title of Show starts out sort of stupid and makes you want to turn off the music, but wait for the end as it does become one of those cheesy fun and inspirational songs.  It shows you that if you love something that you are doing and can even have one other person enjoy it than that is all that matters.  Nine people’s favorite from Title of Show is an ok song as far as songs go, but a great one if you need inspiration.

The Top Ten Broadway Songs About Loving Someone You Can’t Have

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I have been getting all mushy lately with the holidays and wanting to fall in love.  My first thought was to do a top ten broadway songs post about ballads or love songs, but for someone who is feeling alone and watching all of their friends be in love, it is a different kind of song we need.  Some of the songs can be funny and happy because we are alone and others can be sad or depressing because we want to be in love.  Its like looking into a window and seeing a happy family when you know you have to go home alone.  Anyways, with that said, here are ten people or groups of people who may feel the same way.  The important thing to remember is to keep your head up and remember that things do get better and the holidays can be sad for everyone.

broadway songs about loving someone you cannot have

Wishing you were somehow here again from Phantom of the Opera. I think we’ve all had moments where we would wander around an old neighborhood or a dark area close to our homes and miss the people we love or wish we were back with the person we love. It doesn’t have to be a graveyard to make you feel what Christine is feeling. Here is Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from Phantom of the Opera.

On My Own from Les Miserables.  Not only have we all had the one person we took for granted and then fell in love with, but we have all had those moments where we still get to see them but cannot say what we think.  On My Own is one of the most favorite songs in all of Broadway history and one that everyone goes to hear when they see Les Miserables.  Here is On My Own from Les Miserables.

A House is Not a Home from Promises Promises.  There is nothing worse then realizing the man or woman you love just won’t love you back.  A House is Not a Home from Promises Promises is a perfect example of how many of us feel when we realize the one we love, or wanted to love just can’t love us back.

I Still Believe from Miss Saigon.  Not only does this show have an amazing selection of love ballads, but the song I Still Believe is probably one of my favorite broadway love songs and ballads of all times.  I don’t even need to explain why it is such an amazing song and one that makes me want to cry each time I hear it.

If you didn’t think a cartoon could make you cry, you forgot about Feivel.  In An American Tale Feivel and his sister sing a song to the moon called Somewhere Out There and it is one of the most beautiful ballads ever.  Two cartoon mice have created a song that is sung at weddings and made thousands of people tear up.  Here is Somewhere out There from An American Tale.

I don’t think this list would be even near complete if I didn’t have What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line in it.  Imagine giving away everything you ever loved or worked for and having it go away.  That is what this person is feeling.

The next song on the list is from Andrew LLoyd Webber’s Cats.  The only person in the world that could set a standard so high that not even the most amazing performer Barbara Streisand could touch it is Betty Buckley.  Not only did Betty Buckley not leave a dry eye in the house when she performed Memories from Cats, but just watch a true Actress take the stage.

I really wanted to put the Patti Lupone version of Another Suitcase in Another Hall on here but the Madonna version was the only good quality one I could find.  Not only do you feel like you just don’t belong as your walking by your ex’s apartment or house, but even your own bed can feel alone.  When someone dies and you see there house it just looks empty and dead but you remember everyone that was inside and all of the fun times you had there.  If you go on vacation with your friends and then you go back a few years later alone it is like seeing ghosts everywhere.  That is what this song is like for me.  Here is Another Suitcase in Another Hall from Evita.

Lily’s Hazel Eyes from The Secret Garden has to be another one of those songs that makes you smile and remember everything good about someone and why you miss them.  Sometimes when you meet someone new you try to avoid them because they remind you of someone you loved in the past, but sometimes that small reminder can make you fall in love and help end those feelings of loss.  Lily’s Hazel Eyes from The Secret Garden is one of those songs.

When thinking of what song to put here for the number ten song about being lonely or missing someone I had a million choices.  Empty tables from Les Miserables, Maybe from Annie, there are great songs from Passion and Sunday in the Park with George, Jekyll and Hyde have a few amazing songs that would have been a perfect fit and even Little Lamb from Gypsy.  You could choose just about any Lament song from Witches to Evita and even songs from Tick Tick Boom or Rent.  The only one I kept thinking of though was the song For Good from Wicked.  For Good from Wicked made me cry when I heard it the first time and it was a definite perfect fit for the top ten broadway songs about feeling alone or sad.  Here is For Good from Wicked.  If you have another song that you think should be on this list, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Seth Macfarlane, A Big Old Broad for Broadway

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One person that I don’t think gets any credit for his tributes to Broadway is Seth Macfarlane.  Most people would know him as the guy who created Family Guy and American Dad.  Not only did he create those shows, but the extremely popular Family Guy series features a broadway reference in almost every single episode.  In fact, some episodes are almost entirely based off of broadway shows or plays.

You have Stewie Griffing making a bet with Brian that he can teach this Bristish Whiney Girl how to be a lady.  The entire story line follows My Fair Lady exactly,,,well except for Stewie changing the Rain in Spain Stays Mainly on the Plane to The Life of the Wife is Ended by the Knife.  You have Louis Griffin trying to make a road trip better by singing Anything Goes from Anything Goes or even Funny Girl’s Don’t Rain on My Parade while performing in her husbands basement piano bar.  You have a creepy old man singing songs from Little Shop of Horrors to Chris Griffin and you have Peter Griffin singing Shapoopie from The Music Man while wearing a Patriots uniform and getting the entire football stadium to join in. Peter gets kicked out of a West Side Story rehearsal for not having enough dance lessons and you also see references and scenes with an HMS Pinafore skit.  Peter drives his car onto a stage and kills Cats…already a dead show and you ever see window cards for shows like Wicked pop up.  Seth Macfarlane has helped to reintroduce Broadway back to main stream America which is why I wanted to do a post thanking him for his contribution to bringing Broadway back to the main stream media.

Either Seth or his writers love Broadway because the Family Guy is full of fabulous and fun Broadway references.  Watch the show and watch for when they make a quick reference or two in almost every episode.  Watch the background and look at the posters for window cards and Broadway posters and also listen to the background music for actual Broadway songs.  The Family Guy has a ton of Broadway references in it and people are falling in love with musical theatre again thanks to The Family Guy and Seth Macfarlane.  Thank you Seth for bringing broadway back to America and main stream tv.