Friday, April 24, 2009

Les Miz

Friday, April 24, 2009

Susan Boyle singing I Dreamed a Dream with such poignancy captured the world’s attention for epitomizing the triumph of the human spirit. I, too, was fascinated with it but for a very different reason.

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Her singing that song reminded me of those days in high school when we had our very own production of Les Miserables. Though only a few played the juicy parts (Edwin as Valjean, Joe as Javert, Rebekah as Fantine, Christine as Cosette, Zarah as Eponine and Carlo as Marius), and most of us, including me, are mere street sweepers and students shouting for “one more day to revolution”, I am sure all of us remember—to this day—the songs from Les Miserables. We spent months preparing for the production and in those months all we heard were those songs being played again and again and again. Some probably hated the whole thing; but being bombarded with it every day, we can’t help but memorize the words, lilt, tempo, pitch, and melody of each song.

Of all Les Miz songs, this is my favorite:

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!!

As a wide-eyed high school student, it gave me a sense of hope – when we become that angry and fed up with what’s happening, we will find the strength to fight and stand for the world we want to see and live in. Sixteen years later and less wide-eyed than before, I still cling to that sense of hope.


jacqueline said...

makibaka! wag matakot!
is that the Pinoy version of your Les Miz fave song? ;)

well, susan boyle is getting famous, eh?

Amelia said...

i hate her singing that song...probably it's because she was compared with Lea but dah! "marami pa syang kakaing bigas"....hahahaha!!!

i like that song Angeli..

Angeli said...

hahahahaha.. UPian na UPian ba ang dating? :)

If Susan Boyle were more attractive than she is now, do you think she'd be that famous?

Angeli said...

Amelia, I agree with you. She is good, but not THAT good. :) but that's just my opinion.

(baka magalit sa akin ang fans ni Miss Boyle..)


jacqueline said...

i think she would have been given better opportunities if she were more attractive... you know... showbiz and how they are supposed to look like. :)

I have only seen her singing once over youtube. i think she's good, well, better actually compared to the likes of Willam Hung (?)

mordsith said...

If we don't have hope, there's no more sense to anything. I'm glad you're still clinging. :)

Angeli said...

oh yeah.. i have two choices - cling to that hope or kill myself. i prefer to stick to the former. :)

Anonymous said...

"If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"

-- Martin Luther King

Anonymous said...

hug and kiss you macushla - the best in everything even in street sweeping. :)

Angeli said...

Hi honey,

Street sweeping is going to be my next career, honey. :)

love, hugs and kisses (instead of tsk tsk tsk, hah! and complaints),


Agnes said...


I always had this larger-than-life feeling when I was on stage... (back in my school days)...

Angeli said...

wow. so what roles did you play, agnes?


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