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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?

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