I've talked about Les Miserables before, but I wanted to pay special attention to one of the more powerful numbers in the show. Leading up to this scene, our hero Valjean has rescued Marius and carries him through the sewers. He runs into our brilliant antagonist, Inspector Javert. Each man has shown mercy toward the other throughout the show in crucial scenes, and now the Inspector believes he has finally caught his foe. But one more time, Valjean begs for a little more time to make sure Marius is safe and then he will turn himself in. Inspector Javert owes him his life and grants a bit more time for the felon 24601. Overcome with a variety of emotions, this crucial scene is enhanced by the stage work and the lighting. But, the best Javert is Philip Quast and this is a pretty dang good version even though you don't get the staging.
(PS--If you want some fun for your Wednesday morning, check out the LOTR/"Javert's Suicide" mash up on YouTube between Aragorn and the Witch King. BRILLIANT!)
2. Janis Joplin
"Me and Bobby McGee" is in my arsenal of kareoke tunes. And by "arsenal" I mean two or three songs that I like to try and sing after having a few adult beverages. Overall, Janis Joplin makes me think of summertime, campfires, bottles of Summer Shandy, friends, laughter, and just spending time outdoors. Turn it up, sit back, and think of summer. It's just around the corner. Promise.
2. "Jonny Jump Up" by Gaelic Storm
If you're a cider fan, take a listen. I can hold my ciders better than Jonny, but I get where he's coming from. And a special shout out to Gaelic Storm, who will be headlining the FREE Irish Fair festivities in MN this summer. My bestie and I go every year and run the 5K in the morning, then go home, shower, eat, and head back to the fair grounds. The festival is free, the entertainment is free, and the whiskey, well, it's NOT free. But there's a Jameson tent, which makes us quite happy. Man, is it summer yet?
Like usual, you tell me: What "J" tunes, artists, or albums did I miss? Tell me in the comments!