Happy Thursday, book nerds!
As you know from yesterday’s post I was tagged by the lovely Michaela (Journey Into Books) in the THREE-DAY LYRICAL CHALLENGE! It’s time to check out day 2’s selection, but before you scroll down, please take a moment to check out Michaela’s page! Spread the love and click that link!
HOW IT WORKS?
*Thank the person who nominated you.*
*Share one of your favorite songs/lyrics (one at a time) for three days.
*Nominate three other bloggers each day.
“I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Misérables.
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed, that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream
I have to be honest with y’all: As a singer obsessed with musical theater narrowing today’s selection down to not only ONE musical but also ONE SONG was painful. I knew I’d never be able to declare one anthem supreme so I decided instead to select one that had the most significant memories behind it. In order to ensure I chose correctly, I basically spent all day yesterday jamming out to my favorite tracks from RENT, Next to Normal, Dear Evan Hansen, Jospeh, Wicked, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mamma Mia, Book of Mormon, The Lion King, In the Heights, Matilda, Hedwig, Cinderella, Heathers, Avenue Q, Hamilton…and more. I told y’all it was a challenge!! And I’m STILL not convinced I won’t be returning to Hamilton…anyways I landed on Les Mis and specifically “I Dreamed A Dream” for many reasons: 1) That’s right! Yours truly portrayed Fantine back in the day (blue apron in left photo, deathbed in center, and about to eat it hard during the Cosette confrontation on the right). Being cast in this iconic show ingrains those melodies — and the Les Mis march — into your soul. I will forever be thankful for that summer not only for the experience, but also because it was the first real time many members of my family saw me perform. I don’t think my mama missed a single show and that means more than words can adequately say.
2) “In my life…” (See what I did there 😉) I’ve been very fortunate to have seen this emotional production several times on Broadway as well as through touring companies. Most of those times have been with my mom. And every. single. time. –without fail — during the applause for “I Dreamed A Dream” she leans over and tells me quote: “You were better.” Smirks aside, she always tells me that she genuinely means it and you guys can imagine all the feels this induces.
3) This song — via auditions — has landed me roles in additional shows, which led to life-long memories and friendships I’ll cherish forever. If I wasn’t such a CHICKEN I’d link a video of ME singing the song instead of the one above. But like I said: 🐔.