Friday, May 29, 2009

I'm not REALLY wicked, I just sound that way

Don't run away!
That sound you heard earlier today is NOT a flatulent water buffalo in heat.

These past couple days I've been working on learning my music for the next concert.
Tuesday was our first rehearsal of the new season, and I discovered that we're doing a whole bunch of stuff I've never heard.

One of the pieces is a collection of music from the musical Wicked.
I hear it's really good, but I have to admit I've never seen it, nor had I ever heard any of the songs before.
So when we sightread it on Tuesday, I was clueless.

And I discovered that I have a horn solo in the song called "Defying Gravity". After hearing what it's supposed to sound like, I agree it's absolutely beautiful. (If you end up clicking on that, fast forward to about 1:22, where she sings "Something has changed within me...." That's the part I have to learn. It continues all the way up to the part where she says "close my eyes and leap".)

So far the tough part is counting out all the syncopation. It sounds easy on the video, but there are a lot of tied notes and odd rests and weird rhythms.

This is what I've been doing my best to learn for the past three days.

As you may have noticed from my Twitter update, I've practiced so much that it feels like I french-kissed a motorcycle.

(That's a good thing, right....?)


Da Old Man said...

As long as the motorcycle was of legal age and consenting, it's fine.

Skye said...

I don't know the movie, nor do I know the songs you've mentioned, but I'm sure you'll do a bang up job of it!

Anonymous said...

No, no I don't think so.

I'm not a musician but I can the complexity of the music - which appears to be much better than the lyrics and the singer.

Janna said...

DaOldMan: Uh-oh....

Skye: I hope "bang-up" means something good! :)

Grace: You don't like the lyrics? I think the singer's name is Idina Menzel. She's very popular, I guess.

Anonymous said...

No I didn't find the lyrics inspiring or the singer. I thought the book was stupid and why the hell does everything have to be turned into a friggin' musical. "Hamlet, the musical" - oh, wait, they DID that. Feh!

Janna said...

Grace: I'm sort of amused by the tendency to turn everything into musicals. Just think, by the year 2044 we'll have shows like:

"Waiting For A Bus: The Musical!"

"Swine Flu: The Musical!"

"Finding The Right Deodorant: The Musical!"

"Hey, That Guy Cut Me Off And He Wasn't Even Using His Turn Signal: The Musical!"

Skye said...

Oh Janna, of course a "bang-up" job of something is good! It means that you'll do it near to perfect as possible! :)

Janna said...

Skye: Oh, good! :) I wasn't sure. Sometimes here "banged-up" means someone got in an accident or beat up or hurt. I'm hoping the concert won't be quite that bad. :)
Thanks for your good wishes!