Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Wake up the city and sound the ALAAAAAARRRMMM!"

(First of all, a HUGE thank-you to Ashley for telling me how to manipulate the video-gimmick's idiocy and get the correct videos to come up!  Thanks so much, girl!)

GUYS.  As I mentioned in my previous post, Olivia has a new musical jam.  You know how I adore Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame?  WELL.  Recently I discovered that the self-same Alan Menken and Stephen Swartz who collaborated on the music for the Disney movie (and for Pocahontas; one more proof that these two are the best Disney films evah) also created a stage musical version.

It is on.  Guys, I can't stop singing the praises (heh) of this musical!  Okay, yes, I haven't actually seen it, nor have I actually listened to more than three of the new songs they added, BUT, still and yet, those three happen to be three of the most flippin' amazing things I've ever had the good fortune to hear.

The first one I'm going to show you is called "Esmeralda" and is, apparently, the act one finale number.  People are comparing it to "One Day More," and while I can't claim that it's on the same scale as ODM, I will say that I like it better ;-P  I've been listening to it nearly every day or two for about a week, and it just brings joy to my soul, guys.  Here it is.  Drink it in!


I JUST.  People.  This song.  I love basically every single stinkin' thing about it.  

There are so many parts that give me goosebumps from the sheer epic-ness, like whenever Michael Arden hits a note *ahem*, or whenever the chorus joins in, or when they play the "God Help the Outcasts" motif when Phoebus is having the crisis of conscience (props to one of the YouTube commenters for first drawing that last one to my especial attention).  It just makes me really, really happy :)


This next one, "Made of Stone", is with Quasimodo and the gargoyles (don't let that deter you from listening to it--it's seriously tragic and amazing).  This is when Frollo is about to burn Esmeralda, and Quasimodo is so exhausted and discouraged that he's contemplating giving up.  They really expanded the scene and went deeper into what Quasimodo must have been feeling than the movie snippet alternative, and I think it's pretty great.  Have a listen:



"Let it remain alooooooone, and my one human eeeeeeeeeeyyyee will ever more be dryyyyyyyyy, until the day I diiiiiiiiiiieeeee--as if IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII were made of STOOOOOOONNEEEE!"  


Michael Arden, WHO ARE YOU?!?!  I'd never heard of him before, but man oh man.  Just…#respect.    It's such an accurate picture of what Quasi's psyche must have been in that moment--perfectly capturing years of rejection, seclusion, disappointed hopes, heartbreak…gahhhh.

…And, finally, the best for last!  (Well, I think.  This one and "Esmeralda" are kind of tied for my favorite.)  "Someday" is just achingly gorgeous.  It's too much, I tell you, too much.  It's sort of like "I Dreamed a Dream" in the beginning, but then it's basically "Imagine" (only with no lyrics that I in any way disagree with).  It's just. too. beautiful.




In all seriousness, it makes me melt inside.  And--eeeeeekkk!--I'm getting to sing this (AND "God Help the Outcasts") for voice lessons!  

I really love the lyrics.  They're so simple, yet incredibly powerful.  It's a song about the heaviness Esmeralda sometimes feels, but also her unshakeable faith that the world can and will improve.  *happy sighs*

Okie-dokie, there you have it.  What I've been geeking out over lately :D  Have a wonderful day, you beautiful starlets!  









29 comments:

  1. "I think that maybe I might be having feelings."

    Oh, you think YOU might be having feelings??????????????

    WELL I AM TOO.

    Like, honestly, I almost cried listening to "Someday." Like, that NEVER HAPPENS, Olivia. I never cry over music. But I almost did, right then.

    I MEAN LIKE IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL AND SO HEARTBREAKING AND GAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    You see, all these songs--but especially "Someday"--remind me very strongly with a new story idea (about the Holocaust) that I'm trying to work on right now . . . and I just happened to be looking at my "inspiration board" while listening to it . . . and yeah, let's just say it was a pretty emotional experience :-)

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    1. *grins* Isn't it ridiculously feelsy?!?!?!?!

      I never cry over music, either! But when I almost do…boy oh boy, I can tell it's a special song.

      I KNOW I KNOW RIGHT?!

      I'm so thrilled it touched you so; it does me as well. *gasp* I'm so excited for your story; it sounds so AH-MAH-ZING. And ooh, you have an inspiration board? Like on Pinterest? 'Cause if you're on Pinterest, we should totally be following each other :)

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    2. Thank you!!! I'm really excited about it, too--I can't WAIT for summer so I can start writing it!

      Actually, I'm not on Pinterest--I wish I was, but I cannot afford another distraction from school ARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH. So, you see, I don't have real "inspiration boards," but I have what I CALL "inspiration boards," where I take a Paint document and I copy/past photos from Google of my characters. And then I use the Paint software to color in the background and stuff to make it pretty :-)

      I'd love to share some of those with you, actually--maybe I could email you one or two?

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    3. Cooleo! *gasp* YESH PLEASE SEND ME SOME. I'd love to see them!! :D

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  2. Yay!! I love seeing a post from you on my Blogger Dashboard. And goodness, those songs are just... *dies from how amazingly emotional they are*

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    1. *blushes* Aww, thanks, Laura! That made my day <3 I KNOW I JUST CAN'T.

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  3. Ooh, this should be epic as a stage musical!! I was never a big Hunchback fan as a kid (too sad!) but the music is beautiful. Big question is though, when are they going to do Pocahontas?!

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    1. It really is! Agreed, the music is beautimous <3 AAAHHH YES YOU UNDERSTAND. I've thought Pocahontas would make a stunning stage production! Gah, I can just see it...

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  4. The "Esmeralda" song is awesome!!! I remember going to Disney World and they performed The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but I don't think we stayed for the whole show. I need to find the stage show online!

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    1. Isn't it FABULOUS, Ivy?! It just gives me shivers. And oh! I saw that you posted about it; I can't wait to read it and comment! :D

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  5. Dylan Obrien in this post is that best

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    1. Haha, isn't that gif great?! I haven't actually watched that show, but I loved the gif :)

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  6. Oh cool! I didn't know this was a musical. I'll have to check this out >.>

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    1. Neither had I, until a few weeks ago! Yes, do ;)

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  7. Oh, I WANT TO SEE THIS!
    'Someday' is so beautiful. <3
    -The Girl with The Gold Pen

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    1. You should!! It's AMAZING. I knooooooooow, "Someday" is possibly my favorite :D

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  8. GOsh that was so beautiful!!!! I had not known about this before!

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    1. Isn't it, Rosie?! You should check it out!

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  9. EEK PLEASE MAKE THIS A BROADWAY SHOW. Whoever is in charge of that....please do it.

    The ending of "Esmeralda"...that gave me chills. Goodness.

    Someday is so lovely! Do you think you would be able to record yourself singing it (or a different song) for us? I would love to hear your singing!!

    Thank you so much for sharing these!! :D

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW PLEASE.

      Me toooooooooo <3

      Aww! *blushes intensely* Goodness, I don't know :P Maaaaybe someday (ha) I'll send you a voice recording over email, perhaps? It's dreadfully kind of you to ask, though!

      Any time!!

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    2. Yes, indeed!!!

      Aww, thanks! If you ever decide to do so, I certainly would love to hear you sing. Although I'd understand if you choose not to. :)

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  10. Wow, this is amazing! I absolutely love Made of Stone. That last note is just FANTASTIC. <3

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  11. Hey, I found the most beautiful vopy of Ivanhoe today at my library, only $.50. I immediately thought of you and snapped a photo of it to show you. I'll temporarily post it on my haunted verse blog for you to see.

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    1. Thanks so much for doing that, Paperdollmom! I loved that copy <3

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  12. Awww you're welcome :D I love the upbeat march of Esmeralda, and I'll be looking into more of these songs!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Ashley!! I wouldn't have been able to do it without your help, after all ;D

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  13. Aww, this looks amazing, but I'm afraid the videos won't play for me. :/ (It just says 'this video is not available.') *sigh* Oh, well, I'll just imagine it. ;) But lucky you, getting to sing some of your favourite songs for your vocal lessons!! :D (Still a little bit jealous of that, btw. ;P)
    ~Miss Meg

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    1. No!! Say it is not so! Gee, that stinks :'( I hope you can find them sometime, though--if you YouTube them they should come up, with a little searching.

      Haha, yeah ;D I think of you basically every time I practice for that, no joke :P

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