Today's music is brought to you by the letter D!
1. "Do You Hear The People Sing?" Les Miserables cast
I'm a fan of big Broadway show-stopper tunes and "Do You Hear The People Sing" from Les Miserables easily fits the bill. The clip below is the finale of the entire show, including a mother, a father, a happy couple, a feisty kid, and about 200+ back up singers. The initial number appears at the end of the first act, placing the cast on stage in a marching triangle, complete with huge red flags signaling the revolution. When it's done right, it's down right brilliant.
2. "Done All Wrong" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Say what you will about the books, the movies, the strength (or lack thereof) of the main character, or anything else about Twilight. But don't knock the soundtracks. Tip of the cap to the creative team who put together great soundtracks for the first three movies. When I saw that Bruno Mars was on the latest soundtrack, it kind of jumped the shark for me. I liked my Twilight soundtracks when they had a more alternative flavor. And Thom Yorke. This tune is from the 2nd movie. If you want another good one from the soundtrack, I also recommend The Editors song, "No Sound but the Wind".
3. Gustavo Dudamel and Antonin Dvorak
Classical music gets me through the dog days of NaNoWriMo. I usually listen to the local classical music station while typing but two things can pull me out of the writer's flow: a piece by Dvorak or a piece conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic. I often wonder if John Williams was influenced by the 4th movement from Dvorak's 9th Symphony, "From the New World" when creating the music for Star Wars, but that's just my opinion. Take a listen and tell me if you hear The Emperor's Theme. As an added treat, I'm linking to the LA Phil's video because I can and because Gustavo Dudamel is a musical genius.
How about you? Do you have a musical crush on Gustavo Dudamel or is this just me?