Blogging from A to Z 2018: Theme Reveal

atoz-theme-reveal-2018Hi, everyone.  April is Blogging from A to Z month.  As you know, I entered into the challenge last year with no clear plan, but decided to share facts from my fiction.  During the event, I was already planning for this year’s series.

So, with no further ado, here is my theme for 2018:

The Music of David Bowie

My plan is to share not only hits, but some “deep cuts” from his albums.  Information will include not only the album title, but also some trivia. As often as I am able to find them, I’ll use live performance videos.  Seeing Bowie live six times was a privilege, and I want to be able to share it as much as possible here.

Oh, and you might see some samples from The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) along the way.

To give you a little preview, here’s Music Monday:  David Bowie performing “Sorrow,” from Pinups, on 1983’s “Serious Moonlight” tour … which happens to be the first time I saw him.  Enjoy!



Music Monday: Evangeline Special

Hi, everyone.  I spent yesterday afternoon listening to a fantastic band called Motordude Zydeco.  There is something about this genre of music that just makes me smile. I love it.

If you don’t know much about zydeco, here is an article I wrote previously so that you can familiarize yourself.

Anyway, today’s song is “Evangeline Special,” as performed by Motordude Zydeco.  This is a live recording, so the audio fidelity is not perfect … but you still get the feel.  Enjoy!

Phantom of the Opera Challenge – Day 25

Once again, I’ll be combining the challenge with Music Monday.

Your Opinion of Love Never Dies

Frankly, it’s complicated.  I hate the source material, Frederick Forsyth’s Phantom of Manhattan, with the flaming passion of a thousand white-hot suns.  To this day, it remains the only book I’ve ever thrown across the room in disgust.

On the other hand, the voice in my head that said “If you think you’re so much better than the gifted novelist who wrote The Odessa File and Day of the Jackal, why don’t you write your own Phantom book?” resulted in In The Eye of The Beholder.  So.

I bought the cast album and, honestly, thought its performers were far better than much of the material, especially the leads (Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess).  There were a couple of songs that I liked, but that was as far as it went.  Then, the Australian production was filmed; they put the songs in a different order and suddenly the plot was more coherent.  I still wasn’t crazy about it, to be honest; we saw it in our local theatre, so I had something to go on.  Still, it made better sense than the original version.

We have tickets to see the show as part of our theatre season next month, and I am trying very hard to reserve judgment.  This is, after all, the show I’ve been calling Paint Never Dries for quite a while.

With all of this in mind, here is one of the two songs I thought stood out from the show: Ramin Karimloo’s “‘Til I Hear You Sing.”