Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"They'll say we made life here in Virginia..."


 ".....and we owe the commonwealth a thing or two. But if anyone here owes anyone here, Virginia should be owin' me and you!"

 ~Shenandoah 
    Have you ever discovered a musical or a movie, or even a book, and wondered "Where has this been all my life?!" Well, I have. Numerous times. The most recent being my discovery of the old musical Shenandoah. Is there any end to these classic old musicals? :-)
  It all started when I went to an audition and heard a man sing an excerpt from the "Meditation" from the musical Shenandoah. I had never heard of the musical at the time, but his performance amused me. A farm in Virginia? People being called traitors? Soldiers in a long gray line? Yes, ma'am! :-)
  So anyway, that was that. I thought to myself, well, that must be a nice old musical. I'd really like to learn more about it sometime. But I didn't look into it at all until I found this music book at the library with vocal selections from the musical. I opened the cover, and lo and behold, there was Holling from Northern Exposure. I nearly screamed. Which would not have been good at all, since I was in a library, and screaming in libraries is frowned upon in most societies.
Isn't it delightfully vintage? I'm nearly drooling.
   Well, I looked through the book with profound interest and discovered that the musical is right down my canyon. A musical about a family in Virginia during the Civil War with a Christian message? What could be better? I grinned broadly and decided to take the book. Er, that is, borrow it for a very long time. Whenever I get a piano book out from the library, I tend to keep it until I absolutely cannot renew it anymore and it has a bounty on its head and the librarians can scarcely remember that the library even owns it. Because they don't anymore. I do. Ahem. Anyway, my sister and I had an absolute BALL the other night playing the songs and singing as loud as we could (without even realizing that the windows were open and in all likelihood everyone on the street could hear us). The music is beautiful, people. We haven't played all the songs yet, and unfortunately YouTube doesn't have very much of this musical at all so I still don't know much of the music or the general storyline. But for sure I want to learn more about Shenandoah.

   One of Sadie's and my favorites so far is the 'Meditation'. Here's a video of John Cullum singing it on the original cast recording. I really had no idea Holling John Cullum could sing like this! He's really, really good.


  And here's a couple really old little commercials for the musical. The first one's great, the other two are....kinda weird. But you have to remember, it is from '75. ;-P



Have you ever heard of the musical Shenandoah?
What are some of your favorite songs from it?





13 comments:

  1. I've never heard of it.... until now. :D

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  2. Hold it right there! :P I was stumbling through your lovely past posts before I found your blog and I see two words that grab my attention straight away apart from Musicals.. "Holling" and "Northan Exposure" I haven't found a blogger who has seen it. Have you? Isn't it great? :D
    ~Evie

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    1. Hold it right there! YOU'VE SEEN NORTHERN EXPOSURE TOO?!?! *high five* You're literally the first person under 30 I've ever met who even knows what I'm talking about! YES I'VE SEEN NORTHERN EXPOSURE!!!! My parents have almost all the seasons on DVD and I LOVE it! It's pretty out-there, of course, but I love the characters. They're so quirky and unique and...real. Awesome show. :-)

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    2. Hooooooooooooold it! YESSSSSSSS Oh my gosh yes!!! :D Same! (Calm down Evelyn!!) I love that show so much! and YES me too! We walk around quoting Marilyn all the time... my dad's a doctor you see so mum calls him Flieshman? and yes AHH Holling though! :P

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    3. Haha! I quote Fleischmann and the rest of the characters a lot too. :-) That's so cute that your mom calls your dad that!

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  3. and oh my gosh can he sing??! or can he sing?!!? :DDDDDDDDDDDDD

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    1. Oh my goodness, can he sing! John Cullum has an AMAZING voice. He's one of my favorite Broadway stars. Have you seen the 1776 movie? He sings 'Molasses to Rum' and it's sooooo epic. :-)

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    2. He's so good!!! I'm trying so hard not to squeak of excitement! How did I not know about this??!? :P and no not yet but am looking for it xD

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  4. Oh and you are tagged but you don't have to do it if you don't want to :-)

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  5. I did this musical many years ago in summer stock. It's one of those shows that hardly anyone seems to have heard of. If you want to know the general storyline, it's based on a (non-musical) movie of the same title starring Jimmy Stewart, but I really think the music MAKES this show. My wife and I sang Violets and Silverbells to each other as part of our wedding ceremony. Aside from that one, my favorite songs are probably Raise the Flag of Dixie and Next to Lovin' I Like Fightin'.

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