May 222014

While we are still at the very beginning of this blogging journey and as Creative Notation sets sail for an exciting future, I feel I need to confess something. Don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you all the gory details of the sins I may or may not have committed but for music lovers this is a potentially dividing subject I’m about to broach. But I’m going to go for it anyway….

I love musicals.       There, I said it.    I think they are absolutely brilliant and there is nothing you can say to change my mind. Granted there are definitely some I don’t have much time for but I’ve recently noticed after being somewhat converted on Little Shop of Horrors (which I genuinely found horrific before for all the wrong reasons; I could never get past the ‘bop-shoo-wops’ in the opening number) that they tend to be few and far between. Although I don’t profess to be an avid musical-goer, I have seen a fair few over the years. There’s something about the atmosphere and buzz of the theatre, the spectacle of it all.

Then there’s the actual music, the singers, the live band. The music has always been at the core of what I love about going to see a show. From the angry Geordie mining songs in Billy Elliot to the sweeping strings in Les Mis. From the huge, stabbing organ chords in Phantom of the Opera to the tender finale of Wicked. And while I’m on the subject of Wicked, I love the pure unadulterated ‘cheese’ in musicals; those songs that really epitomize the genre. I can’t stomach cheesey pop songs but dress it up under the guise of a West-End London theatre and I’m there.

Some of you will have no doubt ran for the hills by now, and those of you still reading have probably formulated a frightening image of me by this point, but I promise you that my taste in music doesn’t end with Broadway. My record collection houses Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and Creedance Clearwater Revival if that helps at all?! Probably not…

Anyway, the reason I’ve brought up the topic is all thanks to this week’s recording (and no doubt others in the future also). I’ve dived into my collection of musicals only to resurface with a song which I think is a real gem. Les Misérables tends to be remembered for On My Own, I Dreamed a Dream or At the End of the Day but less so for this one… enjoy!

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