Saturday, 31 July 2010

Losing My Mind

meemalee sings
When I'm not eating, I'm singing

Although these days, I have a passion for post-rock and Mike Patton, I think it's fair to say that as I was growing up, my taste in music was fairly theatrical.

The very first album I ever bought was Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (with Jason Donovan, natch). To this day, I can still remember it word for word.

All throughout school and university, I sang soprano in chamber and chapel choirs and as part of an a cappella ensemble. Frankly, it was all a bit Glee.

I even sang tenor in a male voice group (I am female, I just happen to have quite a broad vocal range and I was at an all-boys school at the time - I'll explain another day) where we merrily piped out barbershop tunes such as "My Evaline" and "Old Man Noah".

Sadly, the only time I get to sing these days is at karaoke. Although I did do a tiny set at a company shindig last October, which was a pretty damn cool experience and managed to assuage my rock star aspirations somewhat. I got to belt out an old Sleeper hit called "Shrinkwrapped" and a Kim Deal, Tanya Donelly track called "You and Your Sister".

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you a song which was my absolute favourite when I was ten. Loved it then, love it now.

Liza Minnelli and the Pet Shop Boys perform Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind" from the musical Follies.



With thanks to Marmaduke Dando, a professional singer who reminded me that this tune existed.



6 comments:

  1. That was my first album too!

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  2. I love that song! Her voice is just so sultry and perfect for it! And that whole PSB beat going on!

    My first single was White Lines by Grandmaster Melle Mel. I have no recollection whatsoever what my first album was, though I think it might have been Madonna, the same year.

    :)

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  3. @suzler - HAHA!

    @Kavey - Tis a corker, innit? Yeah, Madonna is good.

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  4. You are a polymath indeed. I like singing but other people don't seem to appreciate it.
    I totally loved PSB with Dusty Springfield-What Have Done to Deserve This.

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  5. @TheFastestIndian - I am Renaissance Woman, hear me roar.

    Yeah, I love that - it's the other reason why I was thinking of the Pet Shop Boys - because they performed What Have Done to Deserve This at Glastonbury and I sang Dusty's part :)

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  6. I think my first album was a Guns and Roses, Use Your Illusion 2. Not sure why 2. Did I say I saw Mike Patton live the other week? He was so badly behaved and hilarious, going so far as to steal the poor bemused camera guy's movable chair thingy.
    Can't wait to karaoke with you!

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