For the first installment of my Songs of Christmas Past Series I am going to be talking about Blue Christmas which was part of last year’s concert Christmas In The British Isles.
The original version of this song was performed by Doye O’Dell in 1948. It’s popularity was cemented eight years later in 1957 on Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album. Since that time numerous music groups have done covers of this song including The Beach Boys, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride and Blake Shelton. In our performance Roger Hurd did an amazing solo.
Source for information: Wikipedia
Wow! This summer flew by quickly. Can’t believe that the Ice Cream Social is in a few weeks and looking forward to seeing everyone there.
This year is the 40th Anniversary Of SVC And In honor of the occasion I will be doing a special series Songs Of Christmas Past which will focus on songs from previous holiday concerts. Due to other engagements I will not be returning this semester to sing.
Here are the songs I’ll be analyzing
Blue Christmas Christmas In The British Isles
Carol From An Irish Cabin Christmas In The British Isles
Edelweiss Christmas Around The World
Flowers In Winter Sounds Of The Season
Goin To Bethlehem Sounds Of The Season
Hot Chocolate Christmas In Hollywood
Jingle Bell Hallelujah Ring Christmas Bells
That’s Christmas To Me Ring Christmas Bells
Due to lack of ticket sales the Showcase Concert on Saturday has been canceled. I have decided to forgo doing my Grease Megamix Anaylsis and instead will do an anaylsis of Cref Volant. I am also doing an analysis of You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen.
If you’d like to help us with the blog next semester please let us know when rehearsals start again in September.
Thank you to everyone for all the support in the first semester of this blog… we look forward to next semester and bringing you more analysis.
Chorus is over for the semester. The spring concert is in the books. While I have some time off in between the concert and the Souhegan Valley Showcase on June 16th I will analyze two of the there songs I will be singing in my Musical Theatre Cabaret which is at Plus Company on June 12th both of which have been in previous concerts and showcases. Matt took some practice videos of me this afternoon and they are on Facebook if you want to check them out and give me some feedback.
The first song I am analyzing is I Want The Good Times Back from The Little Mermaid. This song was is in Comedy Tonight spring concert in 2016 performed by Rachel Cerrulo , Naomi Cohen and Bryan Whittier. In my version we will have small eel ensemble along with Flotsam and Jetsam. One thing I found interesting in the Little Mermaid musical that is different from the movie is that Ursula and King Triton are brother and sister. This was not mentioned in the movie and Ursula is basically the villain. I like really actually the story arc of Ursula and Triton being siblings because I feel it adds more depth to their characters. I am having a lot of fun capturing the essence of Ursula’s character and I hope I do this song justice in the cabaret.
The second song I am doing is I Know It’s Today from Shrek The Musical. Techically I cannot figure out if DreamWorks is related to Disney in some way. What I like about this song is how it really captures the emotions of how Fiona feels about being locked up in the tower for so long. The comments on the YouTube video from the Original broadway version of Shrek say that Fiona is slowly losing her sanity as the song goes along and that is clearly evidenced by the time listeners get to the adult Fiona person on the song. I am having have an equal amount of fun with making Fiona’s character my own in this piece. Last year this song was performed in Broadway Showcase by Kyra Whitehead, Naomi Cohen and our director Jenn Erdody.
Shrek was by far one my favorite shows that I did with the PTA and I will hold the memories from it close to my heart always.
Since I did not audition for the showcase this year my next post will focus on two top 40 songs that are from Grease in honor of the 40th anniversary of the film. I will hold off on analyzing songs from the showcase until when I write my review since I will have notes on certain performances that I liked by then. Stay tuned.
I wanted to revisit my first analysis of Omni Sol Let Your Heart Be Staid as to expand upon my thoughts on the piece and how can I relate to it.
If you have read my recent post in my Theatre In My Life blog about Adversity and how I overcome it in the end of last year and beginning of this year. At a recent rehearsal before we sang this piece we were asked to think about a person or people in our lives in order to have an emotional connection to the piece. Several people came to mind.. and also so did the PTA play group.
Most people know about the drama that was centered around this year’s PTA Play The Little Mermaid. The firing of the co-directors left a house divided. I almost did not audition myself because of what happened but I am happy I decided to audition.
Omnia Sol is a great song for graduation because it is about moving on but never forgetting where you came from and the people who helped build you.
How does the PTA Play relate to SVC and why did I choose to connect this to Omni Sol? Let me explain.
First of all I have been involved in the PTA Play since 2009 when I did publicity for Peter Pan. I knew many people from the group because my mother and sister were involved in the plays when I was in high school and my sister was an Indian Dancer in Peter Pan. I auditioned for the play two years later when they did The Music Man. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive of me as I was mostly a beginning performer. Many people who do the plays or who have done the plays in the past also are in SVC with me so that’s how the two groups are connected.
Omnia Sol starts off “Somewhere far from nowhere I grew both strong and tall longing to become but knowing not the path at all.”
This is how I felt when I first auditioned for The Music Man and over the years there have been many people from the plays who I give credit to for my growth as a performer… the list could go on and on but listing all those names would make this post far longer than it needs to be. The Little Mermaid was my 7th show with the PTA and I am thinking that because of what happened earlier on in the process it will probably be my last show.
“One last embrace before I cross the Threshold..To Life we sing!”
As I stated in my other post about adversity right now I am still deciding what I am going to do next as I decide to move on from doing the PTA Plays. I have several options to consider including Manchester Community Theatre Players. I am hoping to audition for their fall show in July. Other than that I am not really sure what I am going to do. I have a while to think about it. Wedding planning is my top priority now.
This song is a truly beautiful piece and I have enjoyed singing it. It has been one of my favorite songs this semester.
For reference the link to my other blog post is above.
I am back after my hiatus from Little Mermaid. Thank you for everyone for coming to the show. I hope that you enjoyed it. Please let me know if you’d like to review it for my Theatre Is My Life Blog.
My final song analyses of this semester’s songs are 2 Poems Of Emily Dickinson and Danny Boy. When we first received our music and I noticed that 2 Poems Of Emily Dickinson was written by Neil Ginsberg. The wheels started turning in my head because I knew I recognized the name from somewhere. As it turns out Neil is a former co-worker of mine. I worked with him and his wife Michelle Tattenbaum at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London NH as part of a college internship. Once I made this discovery I was ecstatic. I am so excited so be singing one of Neil’s pieces this semester and totally hope we can do the piece justice. 2 Poems Of Emily Dickinson has been so much fun to sing. It comprised of 2 songs There Is No Frigate Like A Book and I Never Saw A Moor.
Danny Boy is an Irish folksong that has the mood of a funeral march. It is very powerful and emotional. I can really feel the emotions of the person who wrote the song and how they feel about their loved one singing when I am singing it. I am the same way when I am singing Carrickfergus.
It’s been a good three months since the beginning of the chorus season. The songs we have been practicing have been a little difficult, yet can be fun once you can understand the rhythm. Think of how we all have conquered Take the A Train, when John Potelle decided he wanted to try to scat solo. I have been discovering how some of the songs that have come from the Isles made it to America. I hope you have been with me on this journey as I have been able to discuss these songs. Today I am going to discuss The Whistling Gypsy.
I want to first say that I will be happy to try out for the solo audition the next practice. I thought since my mother has been into Irish Music and her fiddle for twenty-five years, it would be a pleasure for me to be a soloist during the upcoming concert. This song was created Leo Maguire in the 1950’s in Ireland, and since then it has been sung by several artists, and was used in the film The Black Knight, after Leo recreated the lyrics.
This version of the Whistling Gypsy is made for four-part chorus, and includes Baritone, solo, piano, and guitar accompaniment. There are five verses, which will have three soloists, the main-storyteller, the father, and the female parts. The whistling part adds flavor to the mix of the chorus singing the Ah-de-do part. The song is about a woman who runs off to be with a gypsy, who is originated from the Romanians, or an ethnic tribe living in Europe or America. Once we sing the song in the chorus concert, it should put the audience into perspective about the life of Ireland, and how most of Americans living in the Eastern United States came from our ancestors from Europe, such as the gypsy in this song.