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A Musical Kind Of Guy

“I sure do”.

That’s the answer I give to people when they ask me if I like Glee.  Actually that’s a bit of a little bitty lie. I actually love Glee.

And Wicked.

And Les Miserables.

And Grease.

And Rock of Ages.

And Hairspray.

And a heap more musicals.

And now I love SMASH.

My friends often joke about me being gay to enjoy such shows.

Well I am 100% straight. I like girls as much as the straight guy next to me. Hmmmmm, girls. How you doin?

I also happen to love me a good musical.  And that musical can be on the big screen,  the small screen or even live on stage.

I don’t care what people think.

I am a loud and proud musical kind of guy!

I’ve even got my own idea for a musical movie or stage show!  I just need a lyricist to help me write it. Know of anyone?

My latest love is SMASH and even though CBS has axed the show after only two seasons, I have really enjoyed the musical within a TV show format.  This weekend my girls and I have been singing ‘Broadway, Here I Come” by Jeremy Jordan from Season 2.

This is the clip from the show which picks up the song half way through when the star of the show, Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) stumbles upon a bartender, Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) singing one of his own songs for a musical he is writing.  It’s called Broadway, Here I Come, about, you guessed it, someone with a dream of making it big on Broadway.  It’s a great song and can be used as a metaphor in just about anything to do in life that needs a focus to succeed.  Take a listen below to the clip from the show and then at the end of this post, is the full vocal version which is bloody awesome.

So tease me all you want. It’s ok.  Straight men can love musicals too! Try telling me I can’t!  Go on, I dare ya! Or how about you let go of the stereotype that only gay guys can enjoy this stuff and get your feet a tapping and your voice a singing, because folks, there’s joy in these songs and shows, and we can never have too much joy in the world.  It does make the world a better place.

What is your favourite musical?  Have you watched SMASH? Did you enjoy it or happy to see it go?

Merry Christmas from Lara and I

Lara and I have fallen in love with the Michael Buble Christmas album.  Here, we cover his version of Jingle Bells.  Enjoy!

 

 

Bieber Fever

I can’t believe I am going to write this piece and give even more airtime to that chick, Justine Bieber.

You know who she is. Of course you do. She has dominated your online world for the best part of two years now. She has polluted your twitter timeline. Well not her, but all of her fans….

Hang on, hang on, I am being disrespectful to the teen sensation. Of course Justin Bieber is a 17 year old boy and I gotta tell you, after watching the interview from Michael Usher on Australian 60 Minutes this week, I gotta say my opinion of the Biebs has somewhat changed.

I did joke about him being a ‘her’ and not calling him Justin but Justine.  I did this based on nothing at all except knowing that he was occupying vital cyberspace which I would have much preferred be given to – well anyone!

I didn’t really know any of his songs but I knew his story. Well I thought I knew his story. I thought he was some kid who knew he could sing, and had an ok boyish look and charm about him and went online to sell himself as the next big thing.

I thought you pretentious little shit.  Most stars wait to be discovered. You went online to be found.

Then I watched the interview.  As it turns out, Justin had loaded the video onto YouTube so that his family could see him sing and dance.  That’s ok I thought. I’ve done the same with my kids so far away friends and relatives can see what they’re up to.

He doesn’t quite know how they became viral and in turn created an internet sensation.  Long story short, he was discovered by a producer, signed and his star rose rapidly.

He also came from a broken home and certainly didn’t have the advantages that a lot of kids have today.  It appears as though his life wasn’t cookies and cream but he loved to sing and play the drums (which he was shown doing at a very young age rapping out a beat on some chairs).

He seems very down to earth and I gotta say, he’s pretty likeable.

When I heard about his hair being auctioned off a couple of weeks ago I thought this kid is so up himself that he thinks people want his hair but he explained that he thought he could sell it off for charity. Better off doing that than throwing it in the bin!  He’s right. If he can auction off his do and raise money for a worthwhile charity, well why the hell not? Who am I to judge?  Maybe I was jealous that he had hair to auction off and I don’t!

I guess I can learn to appreciate the Biebs a little more now.  After all, his new documentary style movie is called Never Say Never and he ended his interview with Michael Usher with this:

“It gives people hope and at the end of the day….if you focus and keep your dreams in front of you….never give up. Never say never. Anything is possible”

It’s a great attitude.  Anything is possible with the right attitude. That’s how I try and live my life.

Justin Bieber, you’re alright kid and I’m going to give you a break from my cruel taunts and jokes.

That doesn’t mean I’ll be buying your songs though! But it also means I won’t be stopping my teenage daughter from buying them either.

Good luck mate. I hope it doesn’t go to your head and that in 20 years time, you’re not the current day Charlie Sheen.

Please rate this post out of 5 stars and leave a comment if you feel compelled. Thanks for reading!

Songs for Australia Day

I am a proud Aussie and very patriotic but I always get a lot more patriotic at this time of year.  A couple of weeks ago I bought a new Aussie flag and a bandana.  Even though I think we should change our flag which I blogged about last year, it still feels me with immense pride when I see it, especially when I see it waved overseas.

So in honour of my great country, here are some of my favourite Aussie songs which fill me with pride everytime I hear them and all get a good workout on my iPod this time of year.

To make the list, it must mention Australia or be about Australia.  Enjoy!

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This song was first made famous by Peter Allen, but earlier this week it was featured on the Oprah Ultimate Australian Adventure episodes.  Love it!

John Williamson is our most famous singer/songwriter of bush ballads.  His ‘True Blue’ is outstanding.

John Williamson gets a second nod with Waltzing Matilda which many feel should be our national anthem.  A song about a sheep thief doesn’t quite fit the mould of what a national anthem should be! Even though this song was written by Banjo Paterson in 1895 as a poem, when Williamson sings it, you know Banjo would have approved.

The Seekers recorded this Aussie classic in 1987.

Solid Rock tells the story of the white man coming to Australia.  The didgeridoo is awesome. The song is by Goanna, a great Aussie band.

The Sounds of Then by GANGgajang gets a nod too!

While not a fan of Ice House, I do love Great Southern Land.

Arguably the worlds most popular Aussie song outside of Australia is Down Under by Men at Work.  Released in 1981 and then again in 1983 as the anthem for Australia II’s successful America’s Cup bid.

And finally a stirring rendition of Advance Australia Fair at any sporting event is something which should be on everyones bucket list if you haven’t done it already.  Here, Anthony Warlow belts it out at a Rugby League GrandFinal

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What else should have made the list?  Comment below.  Remember the rules.  It must mention Australia or be about Australia.

Wicked and Defying Gravity

The hit Broadway musical, Wicked finally has arrived in Brisbane.  I’m not seeing it until March and I can’t wait.

I heard a rock version of Defying Gravity from Kerry Ellis with Brian May from Queen on guitar.  The arrangement is awesome and Kerry can sing.  Oh boy can she sing!

I tried to download it via iTunes but it isn’t available in the Aussie iTunes store and as I refuse to download illegally the only way I can get to listen to it is via Youtube.  That sucks!

Here it is.  Have a listen.  It will rock your socks off!

 

 

 

Like it and game to sing it yourself.  Here is the instrumental version.  Lyrics below.

 

 

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by
The rules of someone else’s game
Too late for second guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap

It’s time to try defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I’m defying gravity
And you can’t bring me down
Mmm-mmm

I’m through accepting limits
Cos someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But til I try I’ll never know
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well if that’s love it comes at
Much too high a cost

I’d sooner buy defying gravity
I’m way up high, I’m defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I’m defying gravity
And you won’t bring me down

Unlimited
My future is unlimited
And I just had a vision
Almost like a prophecy
I know
It sounds truly crazy
And, true, the vision’s hazy
But I can see it
I can feel it
I swear I’ll be so high
yeah yeah

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately
Everyone deserves a chance to fly
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who ground me
Take a message back from me
ah yeah

It’s time to try defying gravity
I’m way up high, I’m defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I’m defying gravity
And you won’t bring me
You won’t bring me down
aaah

Don’t Stop Believin’

This is the song that made people sit up and take notice in the pilot episode of Glee.  It seems since Journey first recorded this song in 1981 that every man and his dog has done a cover but since the Glee cover it has gone ballistic especially on Youtube.  Here are a few covers which caught my eye.

This first guy has done a very good job and he proves that you can be in more than one place at a time.

The great thing about singing is that you can do it anywhere as these kids at the beach have proven.

Of course there are those who can’t sing and therefore lipsync, like these kids have done to the Glee version and had a whole heap of fun while doing it.

This rainbow geeky group are taking it to another level.  The guy in white is freaking me out though.

Then you have the acafella’s giving it their all.

And finally here is a vocal group doing a pretty good job.

It doesn’t matter how you sing it.  Just sing it.  It is a pretty good song!

Just added – The original cast – Chipmunk style


What was your favourite version?  Do you know of any others I should highlight here?

My Recurring Dream

I generally dream a bit but I never have a recurring dream except for one and John Farnham is the star of it.

John Farnham

It’s never the same dream but it does follow a similar pattern.  Farnham is on stage, always at an outside venue similar to the Under the Stars concerts usually performed at the Wineries.  I am always off to the side, back stage and in the dreams, Farnham and I are friends.  Often he gets me out on stage and sing with him and the song is normally “That’s Freedom”.

After the concert is finished, we leave the venue and he and I and the entire band and crew go back to Farnham’s ranch or estate and we party.

What changes is the venue each time. It’s never looked the same in each dream.  Also, Farnham’s estate changes. Once, now that I remember, the after concert get together was held in a small town’s coffee shop.

I always feel welcome in the dream and part of the Farnham Team.

Now for some facts:

I am a HUGE John Farnham fan.  I have been ever since he released Whispering Jack in 1986.

I have been to approx 10 Farnham concerts since then.

I own every Farnham album released since 1986 and some older albums as well except his 50th Birthday album.

I’ve seen Farnham perform twice outdoors.  In 1989 on the Gold Coast at the old Seagulls Stadium with Darryl Braithwaite supporting and the second time was 2004 at Barossa Under the Stars.

“That’s Freedom” is one of my favourite Farnham songs and one of the songs I want played at my funeral.

I can’t sing.  Not even a little bit.  I sound bloody awful and there is no way that Farnham would ever have me on stage.

I don’t have any aspirations to sing in front of a crowd.  Actually that is a mistruth.  If I had to, the one song I could see myself rocking out to is “Eve of Destruction” by the Screaming Jets.  It’s a great rock and roll song.  So why aren’t I dreaming about The Screaming Jets?

I’ve had this dream approx 5 times over the past 12 months.  I can’t explain it or work out what it means.  If there are any dream analysers out there I would be keen to hear what you have to say.

Have you had any recurring dreams?  Wanna share with us?  Ever had a dream come true?