And I tried to take notes of the setlist. I have most of the songs down, considering I was writing in the dark and had to decipher my writing. Two full days after the concert.
Lea is a great personality. She’s been in the biz for a long time, and she’s at ease with the audience. The band was great.
No one in our honorable audience seemed to post any contraband video on YouTube. So, here’s concert coverage from everywhere else in my attempt to recreate the experience for you.
It was a lot of fun. My cousin speaks great English. Awesome.
This has got to be one of my favorite cabaret songs.
I played part of this for my mom, and she at least translated the title for me.
I Dreamed A Dream
This always makes me want to cry.
She said she wanted to sing something fun after turning 40 this year. We had fun with her.
She told the story to us about how Disney cut the song in half for the movie, so she had to sing it again. And she always sings the full version when she can. Which is perfectly fine with me.
(A song I don’t remember)
I Give My Life for You
Yeah, of course girl gets a Tony for this role.
The Last Time
Very pretty version.
(Another song I don’t remember)
On My Own
Wicked will always carry wonderful memories for me.
A Whole New World
The volunteer from the audience who sang with Lea during this song had a good voice, but he was nervous and missed a few cues. It was still pretty fun, though. The guy in the video does a much better job.
Everybody Says Don’t
So, she didn’t say at BYU what she says in this video. She just went right into this song without an introduction. Maybe she felt it was safer not to say anything.
On My Own – She resang this one with a camera man circling her for footage for a series BYU TV is producing for the spring. It’s called something like “The Song that Changed My Life.” We clapped extra hard, partly because she told us to, but mostly because it’s an incredible song, and she doesn’t ever sound like she gets tired of singing it, even after thousands and thousands of times.
I sort of cringed throughout this last song, because I wondered how many people in the audience were aware of the original version, which is the first version I had heard. I felt uncomfortable for the older part of the audience who expected more of the Broadway hits. Anyway, this is a very interesting sign-off song. Just saying.
5 thoughts on “So I Went to My Cousin’s Concert on Wednesday”
LEA SALONGA is your COUSIN?? 🙂 OMG, now I’M the one who’s starstruck!
To be clear, she’s not really my cousin. 🙂 I just claim famous Asians as my relatives. For another example, I’ve called Yo-Yo Ma my uncle for the longest time. 🙂
What song was she starting after “Blackbird”? The video cut off what was obviously a medley. BTW, you were right, her version of “Blackbird” is pretty.
Yeah, that’s one of the songs I didn’t know. She did the same thing on Wednesday, and I tried to write down an identifying line, but it was to no avail.
Aw, I was all set to ask you to hook me up…. *snaps fingers in disappointment*
It was great to see her come back and do the 25th anniversary concert for Les Mis on PBS. She sounds just as young in the Fantine role as she did when she was Eponine.