#mirthmusicmon – Jellicles can and Jellicles do – #mondayblogs

When I turned nine, I was given Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats on video for my birthday. Up until then, the only song I had known from the show was Mr Mistofolees, but I wasted no time learning the rest. I still adore the music from it. Last Saturday, I went to see a high-school production of the show, and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Turns out, this is a school where dance classes can be taken as a subject, and so it was actually far better than I was expecting. Thus, I’ve had the album on ever since. Here’s a few of my favourite numbers for you to enjoy!

You can join in on MMM here. Happy Monday! Have a great week!

#MirthMusicMon – With One Look

I’ve been rather terrible at showing up to Mirth and Music Monday the last few weeks, but look, I am actually back this week! In fact, I’m so keen, I’m writing this on Sunday night. I went to see a local production of Sunset Boulevard and it reminded me how much I adore Andrew Lloyd Webber’s schmaltzy musicals. So of course, I’m going to foist it on you lovely people today. This song, With One Look, is performed by Norma Desmond, a silent movie star who by the 1950s is mostly forgotten. She’s never stopped believing that she will one day return to the silver screen. Glenn Close played Norma and Broadway and won a Tony Award for it. There is a bit of scene work before the actual song, which starts at 2:40 if you want to skip ahead.

Since Sunset Boulevard is a story about Hollywood, it only made sense to find something quintessentially Hollywood for the mirth part of my post today. For some reason, despite being 10 years old, this clip has always stuck in my head. We were trying to find a particular Steve Martin opening monologue, but none of the YouTube clips had the specific bit, so this one will do instead. This is Jack Black and Will Ferrell informing the 2004 Oscars audience of the lyrics to the music the orchestra plays when a person’s speech goes on too long. My favourite part is the shot of Sean Connery.

To join in Mirth and Music Monday, post some things and link up with us here. I’m going to head off now because I am yet to watch the new episode of Doctor Who, so I’ll catch you on Wednesday! 🙂

MMM – This Side of the Sky

Aghh, technology is against me today, so I’m going to have to ask you to indulge me and make a little more effort than you normally would on one of these posts. For some reason, my laptop and my Internet connection have decided not to speak to one another, so I’m typing this on on my tablet.  Problem is, I can’t figure out where to find the embed code on either the mobile version of YouTube or the app,  so I’m just going to link to the video I wanted to share today and you’ll have to do the rest.

For the musical part of the post, I am sharing This Side of the Sky from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, Stephen Ward. I saw this show while I was in London and while it’s probably not Lloyd Webber’s best, the music is still enjoyable and this was one of the songs that stood out for me. Anyone squicked by the age gap can be assured that despite the song, the relationship between these two characters is more father-daughter than romantic/sexual.  A messed up father-daughter relationship,  but one nonetheless.

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Alex Hanson as Stephen Ward and Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler.

And in the interests of not having to deal with any more YouTube on the tablet, I thought this might work for the mirth part of the post. I think many readers of this blog can probably relate.

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Mirth and Music Monday was started up by Regi McClain and if you would like to join in, you can find the blog hop linky on her blog. I’m going to leave it there for now because I have to go do things like cook dinner and call my landlords regarding signing a new lease. Ergh. Catch you all later!