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Re: October Piano Bar
Pianist685 #2898867 10/10/19 08:43 AM
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Here's my contribution to the October Bar - it's a song from the musical "Phantom of the Opera"...

Young soprano sensation Christine, new star of the popular 1870 Paris Opera, visits the grave site of her late father, a former world-renowed concert violinist, and sings of her compelling desire that he would still be there with her to share in her great success...

"...Wishing you were
Somehow here again
Wishing you were
Somehow near
Sometimes it seemed
If I just dreamed
Somehow you would
Be here...

Wishing I could
Hear your voice again
Knowing that I
Never would
Dreaming of you
Won't help me to do
All that you dreamed
I could..
."


Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again


John

"Difficulties deferred and challenges unmet will eventually return with a vengeance to bite one in the butt." (paraphrasing Chopin)
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Re: October Piano Bar
Pianist685 #2898880 10/10/19 09:35 AM
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Handyman – “The Phantom of the Opera” is my favourite Webber musical. I have seen the German version when it was on stage here in Hamburg a long time ago, and, as a complement, I read the underlying novel as well (in French). Most of the songs of the show are still in my head, and I immediately recognised the tune you are playing here. Your piano cover is very good.

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Handyman #2899167 10/11/19 07:23 AM
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Handyman - A lovely song performed beautifully. Your playing has certainly become more emotional over the years! You always got the notes right but your playing seems more connected to the mood the song is conveying. Well done!


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Pianist685 #2899208 10/11/19 10:10 AM
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Handyman, This is my’ wife’s favorite musical. She saw it in LA at least six times, with four different actors in the role of the Phantom. I’ve seen it live three times myself. This is a song you feel as well as hear and your playing nicely conveyed that feeling in me. Well done.


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Pianist685 #2899510 10/12/19 01:14 PM
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Hi, folks -- a few comments on the submissions to date:

Pianist685 -- Solid arrangement of the recent Adele hit ; solid, convincing performance of it. "Skyfall" does indeed evoke the realm of "the Bond sound", particularly from the 1960s -- I can almost sense the ghost of Shirley Bassey and Goldfinger!

BillM -- A great cover of "It's Not for Me to Say" -- I personally prefer your delivery of this song to that of Mathis, in the sense that he sings it "straight", without much intimacy (at least IMO), albeit romantically. Like many others in the 1950s, this song was written for a particular movie, and by the lesser known lyricist/composer duo of Al Stillman and Robert Allen. The song itself would be typically be presented at the outset in an orchestral arrangement, and then fragments of it would be provided as background music throughout the film -- a very common device to "sell" the song as a potential hit.

Handyman -- A lesser known but quite poignant and beautiful song from "Phantom". I confess to not being much of a Lloyd Webber fan, but I have to admit that he knows how to choose subjects for his Musicals that have immense popularity -- proven again and again, over many years. Like Rodgers and Hammerstein preceding him, not all were hits, but there were enough to regard him as THE most influential presence in Musicals from 1970 to 2000 or so.

A few comments about "Ragtime" -- the well-known novelist/short story writer E.L. Doctorow first penned it in the early 1980s, and it was instantly highly regarded in the literary world. Shortly thereafter it was made into a movie, which by and large stayed true to the content of the novel. The team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty saw the possibility to craft a major Musical, which from a musical perspective alluded to all different forms of Americana that existed at the turn of the 20th century. In that context, the title "Ragtime" was NOT intended to suggest that Rag music would be used throughout , but rather serve as a symbol of the immense fundamental changes that were transpiring in America at that time.

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