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I Dreamed a Dream ...

Ever since seeing the video of Susan Boyle on "Britian's Got Talent" I have been obsessed with the song "I Dreamed a Dream" (If you haven't seen it WATCH IT NOW!!!). I downloaded the version sung by Patti LuPone and have listened to it pretty much non-stop for the last couple of days.

I read "Les Miserables" in my early years in high school (9th grade I think) and I remember hating the book until about half way through and then becoming thoroughly entrenched in the story. I was a still bothered by the harsh ending though ... but this seems to be a common strain with me in most classics.

I saw the musical "Les Miserables" when I went to London in the summer of 1997. I wasn't particularly excited about seeing it and didn't think much about it for the last few years.

Now I am tempted to reread the book and I really wish I had the opportunity to go back and watch the musical again. I don't know if it is Susan Boyle or simply that I finally listened to the lyrics and heard what they were saying ... but I tear up every time I let myself get lost in that song.

Frankly, I think that "Les Miserable", in every form, is lost on high schoolers. It is about dreams being lost and the extreme hardships of life ... what do high schoolers know of shattered dreams? I am not saying that high school is fun or easy - mine is responsible for several scars I carry to this day - but I think you still have hope then. It isn't until later that you realize that your future might not be what you hoped and there may be little you can do about it.

I can't help but have my heart reach out to Susan - 47 years old, unemployed, youngest of nine, learning-disabled and bullied as a child, caretaker for her dying mother, never been kissed, singer in the choir, possessor of big dreams - and feel her struggle and heart in that song. I cry every time I listen to her sing the ending line - "now life has killed the dream I dreamed". I sincerely hope that she wins "Britain's Got Talent" no matter who comes in the fold and, regardless, I will buy whatever CD she puts out in the future (there will be a CD ... I can't imagine they would overlook the hype). And yes - I mean BUY - I won't bum the mp3's off someone or look for a downloadable format online. I want her to get her dream.

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befall
Apr. 20th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
Aw, that video was pretty great.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
I never understood how you could watch Les Miserables on stage and not fall in love. But her voice brought my already-present love of the musical flooding back to be. Everytime I hear a clip of her singing no th news, I'm completely lost in it for a moment. Such a great song for someone I don't even think of as one of the central charactors (although I guess she is, at least for part of the book).
ext_110863
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
I never understood how you could watch Les Miserables on stage and not fall in love. But her voice brought my already-present love of the musical flooding back to be. Everytime I hear a clip of her singing no th news, I'm completely lost in it for a moment. Such a great song for someone I don't even think of as one of the central charactors (although I guess she is, at least for part of the book).
sartorias
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
I've been playing it over and over--I played it at my family gathering a few days ago, and my 94 year old grandmother loved it.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 20th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Dream
All this from someone who suffered oxygen deprivation as an infant!

http://www.johnmaszka.com/whatchagotgirl.html
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