My Weekend in Review

I decided to talk about this past weekend. The reason why is because I have been so busy this weekend. I will talk about each day separately.

Friday: I had three classes, which were Deviant Behavior, which I had a test in, Geology, and The Community. But the real fun wasn’t until 9:00 at night. I got to watch the live Beauty and the Beast movie on the QUAD. I got to watch it on a blanket and there was popcorn. Due to captions being up, I got to sing along to the songs. I still love this movie and hope to own it.

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Saturday: Part of the day was spent studying. For lunch, I ended up going to a Mexican restaurant with one of my best friends. But for dinner, I went to her suite and had some Lasagna before heading out to a football game and saw it with other friends. I am not a big fan of watching football games, but glad I went and stayed for only the first half and the halftime show. I ended up getting cookie dough Dippin Dots.

Sunday: in the morning, I went to a worship service that Gardner Webb had at their Dover Chapel. Glad I went to that. I also spent part of the day studying and just spending time with suite-mates. Then later that night, I went to Bingo at the suites. I ended up getting an unlucky set of cards because I did not win anything, but it was still fun. But the most inconvenient thing that happened that night was that after going to bed around 11:30, the fire alarm went off around midnight-oh well.

So it turns out, that this weekend was filled with fun. One of my main goals of this Senior Year was to make the most of it. I have other fun weekend coming up. This coming weekend I am volunteering at Miracle Hill, a homeless shelter to serve lunch with my club. The following weekend, I am going home to Charlotte to see Rent live for the first time with my mom and dad. The weekend after that I am house managing the first show of this year. But on that same weekend on Saturday, I am participating in the homecoming parade and being house manager. Then the first weekend of November, I am going to Greenville with my school to see Les Mis.

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Describing Musical Soundtracks

Today, I decided to describe some of my favorite musical soundtracks.

  1. Les Mis- revolutionary, passionate, epic, heart-renching
  2. Wicked- fun, exciting, Ozian
  3. Sound of Music- exciting, heartwarming
  4. Newsies- passionate, exciting, fun
  5. Beauty and the Beast- fun, exciting, magical, romantic, heartwarming
  6. South Pacific- exciting, romantic
  7. Pippin- exciting
  8. Man of La Mancha- hispanic-sounding
  9. Annie- exciting, optimistic
  10. Music Man- fun, exciting, light-hearted
  11. Phantom of the Opera- haunting, romantic, beautiful
  12. Rent- life
  13. Grease- exciting, fun

How would you describe some of your favorite musical soundtracks? Are the words I picked accurate?

Beauty and the Beast on the Quad

Throughout the years at Gardner Webb, they tend to allow students to see movies on the Quad. Yesterday I went because the movie was Beauty and the Beast, the live action one. They showed it at 9:00 at night and they served popcorn and it was a bit chilly. This was the second time I watched the movie and still love it. To see the movie, I ended up bringing a blanket to sit on, which added to how much I loved seeing Beauty and the Beast on the Quad.

During this movie, the captions were up. Because the words were up, I was able to sing along to these funny, romantic, heartfelt songs. The story in Beauty and the Beast is heartfelt and so romantic. You discover that beauty comes from within. It has a beautiful collection of characters ranging from the Beast, Belle, Gaston, LeFou, Maurice, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip. So glad I got to experience this movie on the Quad last night.

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Musical Couples from My Younger Years

A couple days ago, I wrote of musicals that I first came across in college. Now I want to write of the musical couples that I discovered in my elementary and middle school years. But some of them had to be reintroduced in my life throughout my time in college.

  1. Elphaba and Fiyero
  2. Belle and Beast
  3. Nala and Simba
  4. Jasmine and Aladdin
  5. Sandy and Danny
  6. Maria and Captain
  7. Lisel and Roulf

This list is so much smaller than my older years. My favorite couple in musicals is part of my younger years. My favorite couple is Elphaba and Fiyero.

Analysis of Original Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

Just two days ago, I finally owned the Original Broadway Soundtrack. I want to get the soundtrack since I saw the 2017 live action movie. I went with the Original Broadway Soundtrack because I wanted to be able to have songs such as “Home” and “If I Can’t Love Her” in my collection.

For me, this soundtrack is funny, fun, romantic, and heartfelt. This is a kind of musical score I tend to look for. When I think of the romantic songs, my mind automatically thinks of “Beauty and the Beast”, but the same is true for “Something There”. Those two songs truly are the moments where Beast and Belle start to fall in love with each other. Then you have the heartbreaking “If I Can’t Love Her” and the heartbreak or sad songs are another type of song I tend to look for in a musical. It has the really fun “Be Our Guest”, which in my opinion is the most fun song on the soundtrack. As for funny moments, I want to say that some of Gaston’s songs are funny.

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These songs are heartfelt and are true to the actual story and characters. They are heartfelt because I feel moved when I listen to them especially in the love songs. It is a beautiful story because it shows you that beauty does not just come from the outside, but on the inside. Belle and Beast are kind of different and probably is part of why they fall in love with each other. Belle in her hometown is considered odd because she reads a lot. Beast feels sort of different because of his outward appearance, but through the help of Belle realizes there is more to him than he thinks.

Why do you love the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack? What do you tend to look for in a musical soundtrack?

Review of Frozen

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.
 Ever since I saw Frozen in 2013, I always loved it. To me, I love how the true love is between the two sisters and not a girl and a guy and I think that is one of the reasons why it has been successful. The fact that one of the characters (Elsa) has ice and snow powers does bring out Disney magic. My favorite songs from Frozen are “Let it Go”, which reminds me of “Defying Gravity”, and “For the First Time in Forever”. I am not sick and tired of “Let it Go” and is a perfect scene to watch because this the first time that Elsa truly gets to be who she is.
I don’t find Olaf to be annoying. I find him to be a lovable snowman. Kristoff helps Anna in her adventures because he knows the mountains so well. He was raised by Trolls and you first met him as a child and he has a close bond to Sven and towards the end, Sven does realize that Kristoff loves Anna and makes him realize that.
Of all the main characters, I dislike Hans the most because you always think he is the good guy, but at the end you realize he is really a bad guy. Boy, you thought he was so nice and actually loved Anna, but he most certainly did not and all he wanted was to take Ardenlle’s throne.
Elsa and Anna eventually have a close bond even though at first there is bunch of not getting long. Elsa is just trying to keep her sister safe, but Anna really wants to have a relationship with her sister. In so many ways, their relationship is a typical sibling relationship. I have a sister and just like Anna and Elsa, we don’t always get along, but at times we do. At the end, the two sisters realize that love is the answer to how Elsa can control her powers.
I don’t consider Frozen to be overhyped. If you think about it, you have to consider the children who fell in love with it. That is where a lot of the love comes from. I am 23 and I love Frozen. I think the landscapes are beautifully well-done. and I think it is a beautiful story.

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What are your feelings of Frozen? What are your feelings of the “new” Disney”?

Review of Moana

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island’s fishermen can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti’s heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific

Possible Spoilers:

Moana is a Disney movie that I watched two days ago.  Moana is about a girl who goes on an adventure when she is called to put back the heart of Te Fiti, but first she must found the demigod, Maui, but it isn’t going to be easy. First, her dad does not anyone on her island to go beyond the reef and second, Maui is very reluctant once Moana finds him once she finds him. When the heart was stolen, darkness existed and the demigod Te Fiti turned into a demon called Te Ka.

The only person who encourages Moana to go on this journey is her grandma. Her grandma believes in her more than anybody. Just like many Disney movies, Moana disobeys her father by leaving the island without his permission. But that was the only way to go on her adventure. Moana is very strong and determined and in order to find Maui she must follow the hook in the sky. Maui honestly at first does not want to return the heart at all. Eventually Maui decides to adventure with Moana to help return the heart.

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Moana is a good movie especially for children. It has incredible songs especially “How Far I’ll Go”. There are Polynesian songs at times and that makes you learn of Moana’s culture. “How Far I’ll Go” shows just how determined Moana is and shows that she will eventually do the deed that she been called to do.

Moana gives a wonderful message of discovering who you are and not letting anyone not let you be who you are and Moana discovers who she is throughout the movie and her father does not want her to truly be who she is, but that does not stop her from being who she truly is. It is about to never give up on your dreams and when the roads tough to keep going forward and Moana shows that throughout her journey. She constantly is arguing with her father, she has to put up with how reluctant Maui is and then they have to face Ta Ka. It is about learning from your mistakes as well and that is something that Maui learns at at the end.