So, you introduced musicals into my life and that's how I fell in love with musicals though I didn't really get a chance to watch one yet. I still have the lyric book of The Phantom of the Opera, hand-written by you in full-scrap paper and bound with a red ribbon. Yup, still have it with me. I still have the cassette tape where you recorded all the songs from The Phantom of the Opera. That was when I learned about Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford. But now that we are in the era of mp3 and CD, the cassette tape is now obsolete.
Then slowly, I got to know more about Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Did I tell you what were my favourite songs? I was just listening to it on iTunes again and boy, brings back loads of memories.
You know what, I have to stop this obsession soon. Because I have become left-sided listening to them although what I really cherished in these songs are the melodies rather than the memories. Plus my attention is on these songs and you have got to admit, these songs are depressing and so are some of the musicals. Most of them are just tragic.
So, here's a list of my favourite songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber:
All songs from The Phantom of the Opera
Any Dream Will Do - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Memories - Cats
Amigos Para Siempre
As If We Never Said Goodbye
And later I discovered these beautiful songs:
Sun and Moon - Miss Saigon
Last Night of the World - Miss Saigon
I Dreamed a Dream - Les Miserables
One Day More - Les Miserables
Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
On My Own - Les Miserables
Did you know that Andrew Lloyd Webber created a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera called Love Never Dies? I watched the whole thing on YouTube and it wasn't that impressive. Well, this musical wasn't as successful as the former and the reasons were pretty clear. For me, it's because they killed Christine. And it's more the tragic than the first. Well, why kill the main character? Why can't they live happily ever after?
But, the songs in it are amazing!!!! I am dedicating 2 of my favourites. Till I Hear You Sing Again by Ramin Karimloo and Love Never Dies by Sierra Boggess. These 2 person played the Phantom and Christine and boy, do they have chemistry. The best couple as Phantom and Christine that I have seen.
Now I don't need to go to an actual theater to watch a musical because everything is so accessible on YouTube.
Why am I writing all these and telling you? Because I can't find another person who is as passionate about musical as you. They can't understand why I am in love with these songs and the melodies. They can't understand the musical intricacies in it and why I love them because these performers are truly good musicians. The a cappela, the harmonies, sopranos, tenor, alto, bass, etc. No one understand them more than you with me.
I guess they can't share the same love for music with me that I had with you. Anyway, as much as I love these numbers, I have to tell you, now I have a new love. I am playing the harmonium now and I sing in the collective with the bhajan group. And now we sing Hindi, Tamil, Sanskrit and Marathi songs. We do live performance every Saturday at the collective with tabla and harmonium. Though we are not all musically inclined, but the vibrations that the songs emits are so much more beautiful than any of the songs I mentioned above. We have performed in several public places, live. Just like how you wanted to do last time.
I have to say, it's because of you that I am in Sahaja Yoga. And the love of music that you planted in me, I have let that continue. But I didn't become a singer nor a musician. I am just an accountant with love for music.
Of course, only you will understand how deep this music is in us and how much we love them. One day, I must go and watch The Phantom of the Opera live and hopefully played by Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess. They just had the 25th Anniversary like in 2011? And that was recorded live and I just managed to watch all of it on YouTube, painfully and yet so grateful. So I guess I have to wait until 2016 when they have the 30th Anniversary to watch it?