Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
of course this number is one of the many, many show-stoppers from Mame - so without the Angela Lansbury version this blog would just be incomplete - and hey anytime is a good time for Angela!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
SNOOPY'S CHRISTMAS - The Royal Guardsmen 1967
A followup to their earlier "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron," the song is about how Snoopy had to go out and fight the Red Baron on Christmas Eve and the two enemies set aside their differences for that night (the Baron has Snoopy at his mercy after a long dogfight but doesn't fire possibly due to his respect for Snoopy's prowess at flying). At the end, they share a holiday toast and then Snoopy and the Red Baron fly their separate ways, "each knowing they'd meet on some other day".
The release begins with a male chorus singing the German yuletide classic "O Tannenbaum" (O Christmas Tree"), and the middle of the song is bridged by chimes ringing out a phrase from "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." The chimes can also can be heard during the fade out at the end of the song.
Although the song is obviously fictitious, it echoes a historical event. During World War I, in 1914, "The Christmas Truce" was initiated not by German and British commanders, but by the soldiers themselves. The amount of time varied according to the area and has been reported as being anything from Christmas Day to Christmas Day through New Year's Day. Trench-bound combatants exchanged small gifts across the lines, with Germans giving beer to the British, who sent tobacco and tinned meat to the Germans. "No Man's Land" was cleared of dead bodies, trenches were fixed and drained, and troops from both sides shared pictures of their families and, in some places, used "No Man's Land" for friendly games of football. The song even has the initiator correct as it was generally the German soldiers who called over to the British and initiated the truce. In the song, it is the Red Baron (a German WWI hero) who extends the hand of Christmas friendship to Snoopy.
AND IT MADE NUMBER ONE IN NEW ZEALAND IN 1967 WHEN I WAS EXACTLY ONE YEAR OLD! SO I GUESS THIS IS ALL MY FAULT HA HA HA
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Therapy is probably one of CLEVEREST songs out there - first version from the Broadway Cast Recording
and a live (and VERY FAST) version
and some more from this FANTASTIC show
Firstly Oklahoma with the divine Mr Jackman
Then a bit of South Pacific
and what the heck - let's chuck in a bit of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
and I was lucky enough to see this show on Broadway CITY OF ANGELS you complete me!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
and couldn't possibly post anything relating to females in musicals without a couple more - so sit back, get a cup of tea (or something stronger) and enjoy!
and I STILL Can't believe I saw this performance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Soo Soo Lucky
and the same song from The Muppet Show - awwww
My Most Overrated Musical is......... drum roll please...... GREASE!!!
Having been in Grease and seen 5 school versions of it - I really just don't think it works as a musical - The original movie is perfection and unless you can faithfully recreate this show - well please just don't! (and don't get me started on the morals!)
and My Second Most Overrated Musical is...... smaller drum roll .... MAMMA MIA!
My reasons for this - is quite simply ABBA were a phenomenon that will never be replicated and the show, with it's ridiculous plot twists and turns and excuses to put in an Abba number just do not work - the movie was fun - only because of the incredible acting skills of the cast - but as a musical? Well I PASS... and I HAVE seen this live so at least I tried (and wasted a @#& load of $$$ trying to like it)... and as I am trying to be fair I will post a video but unless you want to go to the Dentist for the saccharin performances I recommend you miss it...
and just this perfect song - Jai Rodriquez who is DIVINE on the Original Cast recording, and is obviously best known for his stint on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Now THIS will be fun!!
1. From the first musical you saw/heard.
2. From your latest musical obsession.
3. Demonstrating how underrated you think a musical is.
4. Demonstrating how overrated you think a musical is.
5. Which makes you happy.
6. Which makes you sad/teary.
7. Sung by your favourite female singer in a musical.
8. Sung by your favourite male singer in a musical.
9. From the musical you know all (or nearly all) the lines to.
10. From your least favourite musical.
11. From the musical which made the most impact on you.
12. You could listen to all day.
13. From the musical you loved from hearing the first note.
14. From the musical you haven't listened to (or seen) in a while.
15. By your favourite musical composer.
16. From your least favourite musical, by your favourite composer.
17. With the best music.
18. With the best lyrics.
19. From a musical which disappointed you.
20. From your 'guilty pleasure' musical.
21. Which inspires you.
22. From the musical you wish was (never) made into a movie.
23. From the musical which everyone should see performed live.
24. Which makes you laugh.
25. Which is your current favourite.
26. Sung by the character in a musical you can most relate to.
27. From a musical you'd love to see featuring/starring all your favourite performers.
28. Sung by the musical character that's so bad/cruel/evil (etc.) you love them OR Sung by the musical character you love to hate.
29. From the musical you would love to be involved in (directing, singing, etc.).
30. From your favourite musical
and of course got to leave you with this:
I hope you have enjoyed this little blog as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.
And in case you were wondering - here is the entire listing from my favourites on my ipod:
Gives You Hell,The All-American Rejects
Rock Me Gently, Andy Kim
Play That Funky Music White Boy,Average White Band
Give A Little Love,Bay City Rollers
Saturday Night,Bay City Rollers
Shang-A-Lang,Bay City Rollers
The Sunscreen Song,Baz Luhrmann
Love Really Hurts Without You, Billy Ocean
Teenage Dream, The Warblers
Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!), Blu Cantrell
Against The Wind, Bob Segar
Night Moves, Bob Segar
Old Time Rock & Roll, Bob Segar
Sentimental Lady, Bob Welch
Livin on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
Have A Nice Day, Bon Jovi
Everything I Own,Bread
I'm Every Woman, Bridget Jones's Diary
A House Is Not A Home, Brook Benton
Look Of Love: Burt Bacharach Collection [Disc 1] [UK]
Born In The U.S.A.,Bruce Springsteen
The Lazy Song,Bruno Mars
Tell Me Something Good, Chaka Khan
The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Charlie Daniels Band
Dream Police, Cheap Trick
Friday I'm In Love, The Cure
Changes, David Bowie
All The Young Dudes, David Bowie
Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard
Solid Rock, Dire Straits
There's Your Trouble, Dixie Chicks
Hey Baby (If You Be My Girl), DJ Otzi
April Sun In Cuba, Dragon
September, Earth Wind and Fire
Livin' Thing, Electric Light Orchestra
Mr. Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchestra
Dancing In The Moonlight, Elvis Costello
Oliver's Army, Elvis Costello
A Little Less Conversation, Elvis Presley
I'd Really Love To See You Tonight, England Dan & John Ford Coley
Rock 'N' Roll, Eric Hutchinson
Dog Days Are Over, Florence And The Machine
The Power Of Love, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Follow You Follow Me, Genesis
Throwing It All Away, Genesis
Never Give Up on a Good Thing, George Benson
Faith, George Michael
Like It Like That, Guy Sebastian
Out With My Baby/ Who's That Girl, Guy Sebastian
Maneater, Hall and Oates
Angie Baby, Helen Reddy
Gutter Back, Hello Sailor
Caravan Of Love, Housemartins
Doctor My Eyes, Jackson Browne
Stay, Jackson Browne
Hold Out,Jackson Browne
Blame It On The Boogie, Jackson Five
Thats Entertainment, The Jam
Shower The People, James Taylor
Son of a Preacher Man, Janis Joplin
Piece Of My Heart, Janis Joplin
Let's Get Loud, Jenifer Lopez
Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes
All Night Long, Joe Walsh
Ordinary Average Guy, Joe Walsh
Cherry Bomb, John Cougar Melancamp
Jack And Diane, John Cougar Melancamp
Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell
Report To The Floor, Josh Strickland
Any Way You Want It, Journey
Baby, Justin Bieber
More Than One Way Home, Keb' Mo'
I'm on Your Side, Keb' Mo'
Just Like You, Keb' Mo'
Dumas Walker, Kentucky Headhunters
Cotton Eye Joe, Kentucky Headhunters
All Summer Long, Kid Rock,
I Was Made For Lovin' You, Kiss
Rock And Roll All Nite, Kiss
Blackbird, Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers
Need You Now Lady Antebellum
American Honey, Lady Antebellum
You Make Me feel Like Dancing, Leo Sayer
When I Need You, Leo Sayer
Just Go (Feat. Akon), Lionel Richie
How far is Heaven, Los Lonely Boys
Working For The Weekend, Loverboy
Blinded By The Light, Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Midnight at the Oasis, Maria Muldaur
Los Angeloser, Meat Loaf
Like The Way I Do, Melissa Etheridge
Bring Me Some Water, Melissa Etheridge
Memphis Lives In Me, Memphis Original Broadway Musical Recording
Say Hey (I Love You), Michael Franti & Spearhead
Cruisin, Michael Nesmith
Rome Wasn't Built In A Day, Morcheeba
What About Me?, Moving Pictures
Little Lion Man, Mumford and Sons
Ask A Woman Who Knows, Natalie Cole
Laughter in the Rain, Neil Sedaka
Get What You Give, New Radicals
Crazy Horses, The Osmonds
Jet, Paul McCartney & Wings
In The Air Tonight, Phil Collins
Dancing On The Moon, Phil Madsen
Raise Your Glass, Pink
Hey There Delilah, Plain White T's
Don't Cha, (Feat. Busta Rhymes)The Pussycat Dolls
Bicycle Race, Queen
Black Betty, Ram Jam
We Belong Together, Rickie Lee Jones
Chuck E's In Love, Rickie Lee Jones
Shame, Robbie Williams/ Gary Barlow
Oh Happy Day, Robson and Jerome
Cum on Feel the Noise/We're Not Gonna Take It, Rock of Ages original Broadway Cast
Escape (The Pina Colada Song), Rupert Holmes
Take Your Mama Out, Scissor Sisters
Mr. Bass Man, Sha Na Na
ALL STAR, Smash Mouth
Do It Again, Steely Dan
Hooked On A Feeling, Steppenwolf
Sir Duke, Stevie Wonder
Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats
Goodbye Stranger, Supertramp
The Logical Song, Supertramp
Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Tavares
Trashin' The Camp, Tarzan: The Musical
In The Summertime, Thirsty Merc
It's Not Unusual, Tom Jones
American Girl, Tom Petty
Hey, Soul Sister, Train
We're Not Gonna Take It, Twisted Sister
Bright Side Of The Road, Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
We Like To Party, Vengaboys
Boom Boom Boom Boom, Vengaboys
You Better You Bet, The Who
Switch, Will Smith
We No Speak Americano, Yolanda B Cool & D Cup
25 Miles 2001, The 3 Amigos
Saturday, April 30, 2011
here we go......
(apparently the girl in this is quite famous now HA HA HA HA)
I could go on and on and on and on ----- well you get the idea
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Okay so this first song I sung in a Talent Quest at School in full black face (how UN PC)! but yeah it was kinda fun (and I WON!) ha ha ha ha - I was 9 gimme a break!
and another song from my Talent Quest Days at Edendale Primary School - I was outrageous (hey I WAS 10!) and choreographed a number to...
and yep we won again! The poor teachers - thinking back now...... ha ha ha
and this last one - well every Saturday night at 6pm there was a programme called Ready To Roll and at the tender age of 11 I used to dance along every night and also had Mum and Dad join in.... good times!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
What would ANY favourite woman artists blog of mine be without PINK! (apparently this is the number one indicator you are gay if you like her) .... well that is what I have read ha ha ha
and ADELE - only recently discovered her but OMG am obsessed with her :
and then there is IDINA (with a song from another of My Fav Musicals - A Chorus Line) - gosh I could go on all night... so maybe more than the standard three today
and this segues nicely into KRISTIN - why do all the woman I love only need ONE NAME.... MMM maybe there is a theme here after all - Women I love only noted by one name! :)
and to finish the ultimate ONE NAME STAR : CHER - so many songs to choose from - but luv this version of Walking in Memphis
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
AND a bit of thing for Robbie as well - but which song!?! - well here he is with his ex arch nemesis and now best bud (men!) Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams' Duet Shame which basically catalogues their history!
my third gets a bit trickier - I mean I COULD just pop on Meatloaf but as he has already featured on here will pop on some.... mmm (hang on need to check my ipod) ........ okay so the most songs by a male apart from these two goes to..... John Barrowman ! (aka Captain Jack from Torchwood!)...and as a bonus one of my Favourite Songs from Musicals! DOUBLE TICK!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
whilst my coffin is being taken out.... ??? mmm we shall see - I just like the idea that it becomes a celebration at the end - "Put Your Hands Together, and Help Her Along"
also would have to have some version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow - but which one??? Guess it would have to be this....
and I think some Andrea Bocelli - I like this one because - well it is Andrea - and the lyrical translation - noted below
Lyrics translated in English:
"Song about the Earth"
Yes I know
My love, that you and I
Are together briefly
For just a few moments
As we look out of our windows
To the sky
And to a world
And the night is already far away
Already, far away
Look at this world
Spinning with us
Even in the dark
Look at this world
Spinning for us
Giving us hope and some
Sun, sun sun
My love, you are you my love
I hear your voice,
And I listen to the sea.
It sounds just like your breathing
And all the love you want to give me
That is there, hidden
Hidden among the waves
All the waves in the world
Just like a boat that....
Look at this world
Spinning with us
Even in the dark
Look at this world
Spinning for us
Giving us hope,
And some sun, sun, sun,
Some sun, sun, sun.
Look at this world
Spinning with us
Giving us some sun,
Saturday, April 23, 2011
From my first marriage - as I always said the Wedding Day was DIVINE - it was just the marriage that kinda sucked (at the end)
anyone get the hint that I ADORE Barbra Streisand - this song was SO perfect for Ian and I and I STILL Tear up whenever I here it (so yeah sitting here with tears in my eyes)
sorry for the cr@ppy video but very hard to find good Barbra Streisand YouTube clips that are available to share)
and yes we had Karaoke - and Yes This IS THE FIST SONG we sung as a married couple!!
lifestyle - but like everyone I DO get sad - missed opportunities, loves gone wrong, friendships gone wrong or just a sucky day at work - so here we go - some songs for when I am down in the dumps!
From the completely under rated show "SideShow"
and this is for a certain Ex ....
i mean is there ANYONE out there who hasn't had a wee weep listening to Babs?!?
Thursday, April 21, 2011
"don't forget your jacket new kid - you'll fit right in!" now if you'll excuse me!
so sue me (no pun intended) GLEE makes me happy! - and this version via the DIVINE Sam Tsui makes me happier than a happy thing!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Eminem to me embodies anger - but yeah sometimes you just need some Marshall!
and what is loud without AC/DC??
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
but since no-one wants an entire blog dedicated to Meatloaf (or maybe they do) chucking in a couple of other favourite albums - and after having seen Lady Antebellum in concert last night they have just shot straight to the top
and the unstoppable Dixie Chicks from their sublime album FLY
Monday, April 18, 2011
and another uber talent that never gets any air time - a bit of Sam for ya! Enjoy
Sunday, April 17, 2011
(and when did ALL songs start featuring someone?) mmmm
And here is a special shout out to "the most beautiful woman in the world" (well according to people magazine)
and I REALLY like this song : HAPPINESS
and really need I say more than MMMBop (mind you still blimmin catchy!)
oh dear...... did I really used to dance to this?
Friday, April 15, 2011
and this one is a bit of a no brainer!
and yep my heart sure does belong to Daddy (ssh just don't tell Ian!)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
STILL ONE OF THE BEST LIVE CONCERTS I HAVE EVER BEEN TO !
SO yeah I guess I am not all about broadway after all!
so here goes some of the more questionable songs on my ipod!
apparently this guy is quite popular :
ha ha ha - OMG this song was HUGE when I was young - Right Said Fred with I'm Too Sexy
and the EPIC - Aqua with Barbie Girl
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
and then the CLASSIC - almost Mini Movie - Goodbye Earl - watch out for many many guest stars!
and another mini movie - yay for The Girls Next Door - Nickelback's legendary video for Rockstar
and one final shout out to my new favourite band - Lady Antebellum and Need You Now
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Hey There Delilah - The Plain White T's
ahhh who doesn't luv the Muppets! The Rainbow Connection
and not sure if this makes me feel sleepy - but sure makes me feel lazy :) The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Think I will leave this bit of dancing magnificence to Tom :
and one from my time as Hero Marching Girl - we had THE most fantastic routine for this - performed around town - we WERE the Cartoon Heroes!!
and a bit of a classic for the end of the night :
Friday, April 8, 2011
First Off That Classic - The Pina Colada Song!
Now some Kid Rock to get the party started!
and what would a blog be without some Queen!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Okay first up : the 1990 Commonwealth Games here in Auckland, New Zealand. I was picked as the Ceremonial Announcer for the Cycling so was lucky enough to be on TV most nights annnouncing medalists etc - very exciting times...
Second major event - the first show I ever directed - By Degrees by New Zealand playwright - Roger Hall - this was one of the opening numbers... (and also one of the greatest Kiwi hits of all time!)
and another Major Event - my first Rock Concert - Electric Light Orchestra at Western Springs I think I was 12 or 13 - here they are with Mr Blue Sky (still brilliant music!)
and the final one - seeing my first "Big Show" in London - which just happened to be on a rainy Sunday afternoon sometime in 1977 - a little show called A Chorus Line with the original London Cast! ENJOY (this version is some 30 years later (ouch!) at the opening of the 2007 Tony Awards)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
and then there is that place Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy's haunting version
now to be sensible Julia - I sung/hummed this all the way through Sin City
and this all the way through L.A. and New York (and on opening night of any show I always find myself humming it just before the curtain goes up) The One and Only Ethel Merman
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This one is for probably one of my dearest friends. I am unbelievably blessed to have this man in my life and even though I only get to see him about once a year for about 1/2 an hour I know in my heart that either of us would do anything for the other. Luv you Chrissybear!
This one??? Well this song is for someone who knows who they are and that is that ;)
and this one goes out to all the people who will probably never get to see this post as it is for friends only...... ;)
Monday, April 4, 2011
From the Broadway show Titanic! Godspeed Titanic - this songs always makes me want to cry - just thinking of all the enthusiasm and excitement of those travelers who never made it to their destination. Especially when they get to "sail on, sail on" gives me chills
this next song is from the Musical (shows have such amazing ways of touching your soul) Carousel. The reason this makes me sad is that both Mum and Dad want this at their funeral. "keep on livin', keep on caring what's goin' to happen"
and the last from Les Miserables - for my dear friend Ian Carr who left us much to early. Live in the stars Ian
need a hanky anyone?
Sunday, April 3, 2011
and what would a happy song compilation be without some GLEE? - Top 40 Sweet Cheeks!
and finally - the superb Stubby Kaye "Jubilation T Cornpone" from one of my fav shows Li'l Abner - enjoy
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
This is without a doubt my favourite song - don't ask my why, can NOT put my finger on it but just get chills every single time I hear it. But as I don't stick to the rules am going to post as many songs as I want (well within reason)p.s. sorry for the crappy copy - it is like me - a bit old ha ha ha
Who doesn't love Marin Mazzie ? GORGEOUS version
Impossible to get a good YouTube video of this - but cried all the way through this version
one more for luck = well it is a medley so does it count?
Monday, March 28, 2011
So I saw this on someone’s site and thought it would be a fun idea (and also a good excuse to start blogging again). As most of you who know me well will know I am CRAZY about music – I luv everything from Heavy Metal to Country and Western with a whole lot of Broadway chucked into the mix. So I thought this sounded like a bit of fun. I will AIM for one song a day – hope you enjoy the ride….
The 30 Day Song Challenge
Day 01 – Your favorite song
Day 02 – Your least favorite song
Day 03 – A song that makes you happy
Day 04 – A song that makes you sad
Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 – A song that you can dance to
Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 – A song from your favorite band
Day 12 – A song from a band you hate
Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 – A song that describes you
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 – A song from your favorite album
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 – A song from my favourite male artist
Day 27 – A song from my favourite female artist
Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 – A song from your childhood
Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year
STARTING 1ST APRIL 2011