Saturday, April 28, 2012

Music of Y: You'll Never Walk Alone and Yo-Yo- Ma

Final two entries! Are you excited to get back to "normal" in the blogging world, or are you getting a hang of this A-Z thing?

My music of Y will be very simple, only two songs. One holds a very important place in my heart and the other is some of my favorite writing music.

1. "You'll Never Walk Alone"
When you look for a video of this song, you get quite a variety ranging from its original form as a show tune, to modern era football stadiums in Europe. In my mind, however, this song takes me right to my father's funeral. Initially in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, the clip below is the movie's end where the dad comes back to see his daughter's graduation, and then saw his wife. He made sure they were both okay, and then walked off to the afterlife.

Another fun fact! As soon as I find a font I like, I will get a tattoo around my left wrist that reads: "When you walk through a storm / Hold your head up high". There's more to it than song lyrics, but you get the idea.

2. Yo-Yo Ma
On a whim at my local Half Priced Bookstore, I picked up the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack. I was looking for some Yo-Yo Ma music and wasn't sure where to look. I saw his name on the case and figured for $4, why not? It was such a wonderful investment. I'm a convert. My next classical music purchase will be Bach's Cello Suites as performed by Yo-Yo Ma. Take a listen.

Two pieces of truly beautiful music for your Y enjoyment. Any classics (classical or show tunes) hold a special place in your heart?


  1. Yo Yo Ma is incredible. I love listening. And I agree the Crouching Tiger music is amazing. The movie was great as well. A musical that holds a place in my heart will always be My Fair Lady. Love it. Found you through the A to Z. =D

  2. I was in the band at school so played a lot of show tunes.

  3. Love the Yo Yo Ma. Great Y.

    A wrist tattoo sounds painful.

  4. I hadn't heard the first song before, but I really like it! I love show tunes - anything from My Fair Lady or the Sound of Music to Wicked. ;)

  5. I knew that song from when Jerry Lewis sings it each year, but never knew where it was from.

    And Yo-Yo Ma is over my head, but I do like his collaborations.

  6. Okay, so you happened to pick two things that absolutely left me in a puddle of tears. Last summer, I saw Carousel and the entire place was awash in people sobbing their eyes out at this song. And don't get me started on Elvis' version!

    Show tunes that really get to me: "Defying Gravity" from Wicked, "I'll Cover You" from Rent (I've seen a lot of great actors do it but Jesse Martin's version gives me life), "You Must Love Me" from Evita, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables, "Enchantment Passing Through" from Aida (R&B group Dru Hill did an amazing rendition), "Finishing the Hat" from Sunday in the Park With George, "Home" from The Wiz, Darn near anything from The Lion King, either because it makes me blissfully happy or touches something sad inside. Can you tell I love show tunes? ;)

    "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was so beautiful for so many reasons. I cried like a baby at the end.


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