Tuesday 8 February 2011

Life is a Carousel

 

Take an enchanting turn on a Carousel.

and don’t be too afraid and shy to say I love you.

Carousel by Rogers & Hammerstein

captures the emotions of love and hope within

A White Carousel.

I do not like musicals, and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is the exception. Considered by most critics and admirers to be their darkest musical, Carousel is a blend of beautiful and memorable music, a story of love unspoken, feelings unexpressed, disappointment, joy and death.

Longing to tell you, but afraid and shy

I let my golden chances pass me by.

Now, I’ve lost you

Soon I will go in the mist of day

And you never will know

How I loved you

How I loved you.

Carousel is a haunting love story and also a cautionary tale. Don’t be afraid to tell people you love them and believe in yourself. One of life’s heartaches is when two people wait too long to declare their love and be together.

The 1956 Carousel stars Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, and was directed by Henry King. Be moved by How I loved you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuHAh-2xGxw&feature=related

The Carousel Waltz is beautiful and sets the haunting tone. The songs If I Loved You, and You’ll Never Walk Alone are my favourites.

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark
Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

I’m not sure whether the Elvis Presley’s version or the Three Tenors version of You’ll never walk alone is the best!

The Three Tenors – You’ll Never Walk Alone

Elvis – You’ll Never Walk Alone



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Wednesday 5 January 2011

Blessings Of The Earth

 

more drumming ~ experience the nergy of the taiko drumming ensemble, TaikOz.

To beat with every muscle, bone and sinew in our bodies,

with an open and joyous spirit.

‘Blessings Of The Earth’ features the full range of TaikOz’s dynamic taiko drums, including the 250kg odaiko Grand Drum and a Solo from Kaidan: A Ghost Story, choreographed by the internationally acclaimed Meryl Tankard.

More than the beating of drums: it incorporates a complete world of drumming, song and dance that on the one hand harks back to ancient Buddhist and Shinto rituals and on the other, is a reflection of contemporary musical life, irrespective of nationality. The performance features beautiful melodies for the bamboo flutes, as well as traditional and contemporary songs.

TalkOz is Australia’s internationally acclaimed taiko drumming ensemble.

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