Monday, February 13, 2012

"Here I Go Again" with BMT Youth Troupe!

It's another session with BMT Youth Troupe, and it's packed full of awesomeness like you wouldn't believe!

If you are one of those awesome students Melissa, Antonio and I see on Saturday mornings, welcome!  Very glad to have you, please don't be afraid to browse the blog and hit that 'Follow' button on the right to keep updated on other cool stuff.  (You'll find some posts about the BMT show Guys & Dolls here, as well!)  In the meantime, let's talk about the song you'll be performing in May - "Here I Go Again" from the musical Rock of Ages!

Melissa and I wanted to make sure we found you a song that was going to be, first and foremost, fun for everybody.  We are so happy and relieved that y'all are happy with the piece, because we've got some amazing stuff planned for you. 

Rock of Ages is what's called a 'jukebox musical', where the songs themselves are pop songs that are widely recognizable, stuff found on just about everyone's classic rock playlist you can find.  "Here I Go Again" was originally performed by British hair metal band Whitesnake and became a hit single in 1987.  You can still find the song in most karaoke machines and '80s metal compilations.

The music video created iconic imagery for the '80s hair metal era, with vixen Tawny Kitaen prancing on the hood of a Jaguar XJ in scant white lingerie and seducing the lead singer while he's driving.  We also have shots of the band who are performing in what seems to be an empty stadium.  It's a cheese video, but it made it huge.  We can rip on it later.  Check it out below - if you dare!



I also must apologize for the recording that I had played for you, which was a live performance from the original Broadway cast.  After finding the London West End cast performance for a televised fundraising benefit on BBC, I'm rather upset I didn't play that one instead.  If you'd like, check out the Broadway cast, but it's not worth it to post here.  You're better off with this one.  :)



Which brings us to a little video I made for you guys! This is a practice track from the Whitesnake version of the song, which is essentially the same at the musical version, other than some minor differences. This will most likely be the track we perform to, but you'll be warned of any changes, naturally.

And that guitar I was talking about?  Here it is!  One of you lucky people will get a chance to use this beauty in our performance!  I'll bring it in sometime for everyone to check out ...


Enjoy your practice video!  The lyrics are after the video, if you'd like to copy n' paste into a document.

video

SHERRIE:
I don't know where I'm going
But I sure know where I've been
Hanging on the promises
In songs of yesterday
An I've made up my mind
I ain't wasting no more time
But, here I go again
Here I go again

DREW:
Though I keep searching for an answer,
I never seem to find what I'm looking for
Oh lord, I pray
You give me strength to carry on
'Cause I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

SHERRIE/DREW:
Here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road Ive ever known
Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone
And I've made up my mind
I ain't wasting no more time

STACEE:
I'm just another heart in need of rescue
Waiting on love's sweet charity

DENNIS:
And I'm gonna hold on
For the rest of my days

LONNY:
'Cause I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

COMPANY:
And here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone

REGINA:
And I've made up my mind, oh yeah
I ain't wasting no more time

FRANZ:
But, here I go again

SHERRIE:
Oh, here I go again

DREW:
Here I go, here I go
Here I go again
Oh yeah, here I go

[GUITAR SOLO!]

COMPANY:
And here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone

SHERRIE:
And I've made up my mind

DREW:
Oh yeah, I ain't wasting no more time
Come on!

COMPANY:
And here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
'Cause I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams
Here I go again!

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