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.
Last edited by Tim Adrianson; 10/12/19 01:17 PM.