Sad/Heartbreaking Musical Songs That are Not Love Songs

In today’s post, I will write a list of sad and heartbreaking songs that are not love songs. For the purposes of this post, love will refer to romance.

  1. Letter From the Refuge
  2. Drink With Me
  3. Santa Fe
  4. Javert’s Suicide
  5. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
  6. Come to Me
  7. Finale/Do You Hear the People Sing
  8. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  9. Memory
  10. Bring Him Home
  11. Will I
  12. At the End of the Day
  13. Both Look Downs
  14. One Song Glory
  15. Lovely Ladies

Any other heartbreaking songs that are not romantic love songs

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The Importance of Compassion in the Christian Life

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “this is a remote place, and its already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food. Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. Bring them here to me, ” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

-Matthew 14:13-21

This piece of scripture is one of my favorite scriptures in the bible. At last night’s Gathering, this scripture was what was preached about. This piece is highlighting what Jesus’ ministry. Think about it: when was a time where you felt compassion on someone or a group of people and actually decided to act on it? Sometimes humans feel compassion, but don’t act on it and show compassion to others. However, there are times when we have felt compassion and actually acted on it.

In this piece of scripture, Jesus felt compassion on the crowd of people and decided to act on it. But the disciples wanted the crowds to leave and buy good. But Jesus wouldn’t leave because he wanted to act on the compassion so he decided to feed them even though there was only five loaves of bread and two fish. When Jesus looked up the heavens, the food they had was multiplied in order to feed the crowd. He didn’t ask the crowd to get their dinner, but gave the bread and fish to the disciples because he wanted them to hand out the food.

Compassion is a very core part of what it means to be human and what it means to be a Christian. Jesus was showing the disciples the importance of helping those in need by letting them pass out the bread and the fish. This is a perfect example of what it means to follow Christ. Next time you feel compassion for someone, act on it and don’t ignore it. Compassion allows us to give back to those going through a rough time and who are the less fortunate.

What is the importance of compassion in your opinion?

My Wicked Journey

In today’s post, I decided to talk about my journey with the musical, Wicked. I have talked about the meaning behind the musical, but never talked about my journey with the musical in detail. There were be some holes in it because parts of my journey I don’t remember when they happened.

My journey with Wicked started in 2006. I was only 12 and my mom took me to New York City to see Wicked on Broadway. Little did I know that when I saw Wicked, it would have a huge impact on my life. I remember that my favorite song, “Popular”, was  the main thing I remember. I ended up buying the soundtrack after seeing it on Broadway. I don’t when it was, but Elphaba became such an important part of my life. The other two characters I fell in love with was Glinda and Fiyero. I remember that I always hated “No Good Deed” and “March of the Witch Hunters”. Also Wicked truly has my vision for musicals, which is a heartfelt story filled with spectacle, dance, positive and negative emotions in the score, comedy, romance and a strong emotional connection.

Honestly I don’t know it was, but I don’t know when I realized Wicked was home to a love triangle. But what I do know is that it had a relationship to the first and second time I saw Wicked. The second time I saw Wicked was in high school and I was more vulnerable then than the second time. I came in being aware of positive and negative emotions in the score. I feel like I already knew about the love triangle along with the main story of friendship and acceptance. I was more vulnerable in the second round.

Wicked actually was the musical that sparked my love for musicals. I began to understand what an emotional connection was, which clearly shows through my personal bond with Elphaba. As time went on in middle and high school, I realized just how much I related to Elphaba and that is a huge reason why I was able to begin to understand an emotional connection. I even began to understand that musicals have an emotional  center to them. The main songs where I definitely knew sad belonged to was “I’m Not That Girl” and “For Good”

The third time I saw Wicked, I was more vulnerable than the second time. For the first time, I began to remember the song that is not in the soundtrack, which is “The Wicked Witch of the East”. I still have been overlooking both Nessa and Boq along with the Wizard and Madame Morrible.

In my mind, “I’m Not That Girl” was still just a sad song and nothing else. Little did I know there was more to that song. I went for a third time because I wanted my dad to get the opportunity to see it and yet he gave me the better seat because the tallest guy in the auditorium sat in front of me. Also I was aware that the love triangle was fascinating and provided a wonderful emotional nature, but I was still confused at Fiyero’s role in the love triangle as in why does the plot twist even happen.

A huge part of my Wicked journey had to do with Les Mis. In the first rounds, I was already aware of sad, but I had no idea that one musical emotion was an emotion I was 100% blind to. “I’m Not That Girl” was just a sad song in the three times despite feeling more vulnerable to the musical. Well, Les Mis made me discover heartbreak for the first time. I saw Wicked a third time a few months after I realized heartbreak existed in the musical emotion, but still wasn’t existent in Wicked.

Enter “On My Own”, it took an entire year for me to realize that “On My Own” was heartbreaking. Well, I was able to connect “On My Own” to “I’m Not That Girl” when I realized both were unrequited love songs. It  took “On My Own” and memorizing the lyrics for to realize “I’m Not That Girl” is a heartbreaking song. But one piece of the love triangle was still hard to understand so I was determined to understand Fiyero’s role in the love triangle when I experienced Wicked for the fourth time.

I saw Wicked for the fourth time on January 30th, 2016. By having the new knowledge that “I’m Not That Girl” is heartbreaking, I knew I would feel more vulnerable. In addition, I was seeing Wicked with Gardner Webb, an university that changed me for good. I had an understudy as Elphaba and she was brilliant and so was Glinda and Fiyero was incredible.

I was determined to pay closer attention to him and “I’m Not That Girl”. By closely examining the lion cub scene, I was able to pick up on the fact that Fiyero had a crush on Elphaba in his days at Shiz, but seems so unsure of it, but it made me understand why the love triangle’s plot twist even happened in act II. Also in the lion cub scene, it was the first time Elphaba realized that she was falling in love with him, which affects just how heartbreaking “I’m Not That Girl” is because it doesn’t have room to be fully heartbreaking and is only moderately heartbreaking and the melody sells that. It took hearing rumors of Elphaba for him to realize he truly loves Elphaba and hates that Glinda is supporting everything they are saying even though she hates it. So he left her because he realized his true feeling for Elphaba.

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Well, the first three rounds I saw Wicked, I always hated “No Good Deed” and expecting not to remember or even appreciate the scene. Well, my Elphaba during the fourth time made me appreciate the song. I finally could pick up on its emotions, which is another reason why I felt the most vulnerable. I was to realize the incredible energy found in the song along with Elphaba’s anger and frustration after thinking she failed at saving Fiyero through her spells.

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So Wicked has had an incredible journey. It has deepened so much over the years in terms of emotions. The love triangle became more and more complex over the years and its emotion changed a lot based on the fact that “I’m Not That Girl” went from being a sad song to slowly building up to being a heartbreaking song. Yes, this journey has a few plot holes because I don’t remember when I discovered certain personality traits of Elphaba at what point in the journey. I still overlook some things. But without Wicked, the love never would have been sparked in the first place. All of these years made Wicked what it is and how I describe the different characters.

The link below is a review from the fourth time I saw Wicked

https://megsdailymusings.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/review-of-wicked/

Difference of Musical Journeys

There is a huge difference between your entire musical journey versus your journey with a musical. Those two are connected especially since all musicals depend and rely on each other.

As for a single journey with a musical, it only focuses on that one musical. My journey with Wicked is different from my journey with Les Mis and my journey with Newsies is different as well. Each musical journey has to do with when you fell in love with it, how the characters have grown, how the knowledge of that musical begins and based on realizing why you love a certain character if you didn’t figure that out already and how the emotions have grown throughout the years and how more meaningful the musical becomes. However each of the musical journeys are connected to the entire musical journey.

My journey with musicals as a whole combines everything with what you learned from those you fell in love with. The journey shows just when you started to see musicals, when the love was sparked, which could lead to a passion in musicals. The entire journey shows just how far musicals have come. My journey started in elementary school and that time period was before my love for musicals was sparked. I only started to understand dance and spectacle and just loved the songs by not necessarily being aware of the emotional side. Then in middle school in 2006, the love was sparked when I saw my first show on Broadway and I began to understand the emotional side of musicals. Then in 2012, my passion would begin, which in reality would truly begin in 2013. The meaningful musicals make the biggest impact on my musical journey such as Annie, Sound of Music, Wicked, Les Mis, and Newsies.

So the two are connected. My journey with Wicked become more emotional and vulnerable through Les Mis. The love triangle in Wicked as strengthened thanks to the love triangle in Les Mis. And the emotional value of musicals went above and beyond when Les Mis entered my life, which impacted individual musical journeys. So Les Mis’ musical journey played such a huge part. Wicked played a huge part as well since I began to understand musical emotions in the first place and the value of an emotional connection.

What do you think? Is there a difference between your entire musical journey versus your individual journey with a musical?

Musical Couples That Do Not Include the Main Character

In connection to yesterday’s post, I decided to talk about some of the musical couples I did not talk about. Today, I will bring up couples that are not home to the main protagonist. That list is even smaller than the couples where the main character is involved.

  1. Marius and Cosette
  2. Will Parker and Ado Annie
  3. Joe Cable and Liat
  4. Marueen and Joanne
  5. Collins and Angel
  6. Penny and Seaweed

What are couples where the main character is not involved?

List of Couples Connected to the Main Character

I have another love post in mind. In this post, I will write a list of the romances where the  main character is involved.

  1. Jack and Katherine
  2. Fiyero and Elphaba
  3. Raoul and Christine
  4. Beast and Belle
  5. Simba and Nala
  6. Aladdin and Jasmine
  7. Emelie and Nellie
  8. Curly and Laurey
  9. Tony and Maria
  10. Pippin and Catherine
  11. Danny and Sandy
  12. Roger and Mimi
  13. Harold Hill and Marian
  14. Capitan and Maria
  15. Link and Tracy
  16. Seymour and Audrey

Who are your favorite couples where the main character is involved?

Happy Love Songs

I am crazy, but today I will write another love post in the world of musicals. This time I will create a list of happy musical songs, which excludes any breakup or unrequited love songs. It only is a list of happy love songs.

  1. Something to Believe In
  2. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  3. As Long As Your’e Mine
  4. Till There Was You
  5. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  6. Something Good
  7. Love Song
  8. A Whole New World
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Something There
  11. All I Ask Of You
  12. I Should Tell You
  13. Some Enchanted Evening
  14. I’ll Cover You
  15. A Heart Full of Love- well, I know towards the end, this song becomes a trio, but for most of the song it is sung between Marius and Cosette, which is why it counts
  16. Summer Nights
  17. Love Song

What Are Some of Your Favorite Happy Love Songs