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Phantom of the Opera

on February 15, 2007 - 11:34am

I am sitting at the computer listening to ‘Phantom of the Opera’. I love listening to this musical! The lyrics are so enjoyable and powerful. Whenever it gets to the ‘Chandelier Crash’ and ‘Down Once More’ I always start to get teary-eyed. I love it! It is in some ways better then Josh. Josh has the voice of an angel but ‘Phantom’ has a plot that mesmerizes me. I love the story. Out of all of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals (and any musicals) I like this one the most because it can do that to me. So when my two loves get together (Josh singing songs from ‘Phantom’) I melt. When Josh sang ‘Music of the Night’ at the Kennedy Honors I don’t think a breathed during the whole song because I was afraid that I would miss something. That was amazing! I saw the traveling Broadway production of ‘Phantom’ in 2003 when it came to Salt Lake City for my birthday. That was the first time I had seen the production but I have always loved the music. I want to see it on Broadway in New York City someday. That would be so cool. To see anything on Broadway would be cool but to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ again would be really fun!

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everything under the sun

on February 8, 2007 - 12:16pm

Lately I have been watching a lot of ballroom dancing and I was watching TV and I came across ‘America's Ballroom Challenge’. I started to watch it because I wanted to see if I knew anyone from ‘Dancing with the Stars’. The first week I didn’t see anyone I recognized but the second week I saw Tony Dovolani. I love watching Tony dance! He is so smooth and makes it look so easy. He and his partner, Elena Grinenko, won the finals and are going on to compete for the title of America’s greatest dancer. I wanted him to win so that I could see him dance again. And I get to in two weeks.

Josh was on the Today Show and Charlie Rose. He is so gorgeous in both shows. I love his outfits. They make him even hotter! = ) When he is singing on the Today Show he smiles and I died. I love when he smiles because he looks so great. He is so down to earth and I love that.

Rascal Flatts is coming to the Energy Solutions Arena (formally known as the Delta Center) on March 9. All the radio stations are giving away tickets. There are at least four different stations that I could get tickets from. That would be so much fun. I almost won tickets to see Brad Paisley when he came. I was so sad when I didn’t win. I love Brad. I always try to get tickets without paying because I can’t afford to buy them. That’s why I don’t get to see Josh. Sadness!

David Beckham is now playing soccer for the LA Galaxy soccer team. I am so excited … he is playing in the United States! I know he’s from England but I love him. He is the greatest soccer player on the planet. And don’t think I won’t defend him if anyone thinks otherwise. He and the team are coming to every MLS state. That is going to be so cool. They are coming on September 19 and I am so excited.

John Mayer has a new CD out and one of the songs is called ‘Waiting On The World To Change’ and I love. The lyrics are so powerful and true. Just read them and see for yourself.

‘Waiting On The World To Change’ lyrics

Me and all my friends
We're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There's no way we ever could

Now we see everything that's going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don't have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It's hard to beat the system
When we're standing at a distance
So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change

Now if we had the power
To bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
And when you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want

That's why we're waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It's not that we don't care,
We just know that the fight ain't fair
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

And we're still waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

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AOL & Grammys

on February 6, 2007 - 10:53am

I wanted to listen to some music and when I to AOL I found Fall Out Boy’s new CD called ‘Infinity On High’ and a few CDs down I saw Josh Groban’s ‘With You.’ I am so excited! That is the second time I have seen Josh on AOL. I am so happy that I found it. I always like to go and look at AOL Full CD Listening Party because every once in a while I will find something worth listening to. I bought Josh’s CD right when it came out so I have listened to it but it is always nice to know that his music is being recognized.

Speaking of being recognized, the Grammys are on Sunday. ‘Awake’ didn’t make the cut but I am sure that it will be nominated for next year’s Grammy Awards. The CD has debuted at number one on Canada’s Billboard Charts and number two here in the states. It has gone platinum in the United States in the first two months of being out. Don’t quote me on that I don’t remember exactly…but I do know it has gone platinum in the US.

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Music

on February 1, 2007 - 12:06pm

I am listening to AOL radio (Broadway, the only way to go) and the song that is on is ‘For Now’ from Avenue Q (2003 Broadway Cast). It says that the only thing that is sure in life is death and taxes. You have to live for now. I thought it was really funny but it makes me think. Life is too short to not live and have fun. We have to live in the moment not the past or even the future (although one has to plan the future somewhat to get anywhere in life). It is like in ‘Machine’ where it says “A world of your own/ Hollow inside/ Careful when worlds collide/ I'm filling my life/ With all it can hold/ I’ll carry it on with pride…Oh, you're a machine.” Fill your life with family and love and things that you hold dear. Don’t go through life being a machine. I don’t know if any of that made sense. = )

I really want to go to New York and see some shows. Did you know that Beauty and the Beast is closing in July? I really want to see Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera again.

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David Foster article

on January 29, 2007 - 7:51am

I just read an article about David Foster and I wanted to comment on it. Here is the article …
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Foster's impressive film roster

Michael D. Reid, Times Colonist
Published: Monday, January 29, 2007

As hard as it might be to believe, David Foster thought he hadn't done enough as a movie musician to merit a showcase of his Hollywood achievements when he was invited to be a guest at this year's Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival.

"God's honest truth, I said, 'I don't really do films.' “the renowned songwriter, composer and producer said over the phone from the Los Angeles office of his Warners-affiliated record label, 143 Records. Foster, 57, changed his tune after he Googled himself and found a database of his movie music.

Although the Victoria native is famous for producing and/or writing songs or scores for movies such as St. Elmo's Fire, The Bodyguard, Ghostbusters, Moulin Rouge and Quest for Camelot, which yielded The Prayer, those titles barely scratch the surface.

To his astonishment, Foster realized he had scored eight films and done 86 songs for movies, theatre (including the 1982 Broadway soundtrack for Dreamgirls) and TV (Sex in the City) since working on his first motion picture, Lipstick, in 1975.

To refresh his memory, he bought DVDs of 50 films he had done and spent hours choosing such clips as a scene from Urban Cowboy, where John Travolta takes Madolyn Smith into the bedroom, that features his Boz Scaggs hit Look What You've Done To Me.

Foster will screen them and reminisce at his grand piano and during a Q&A session as part of An Evening With David Foster hosted by Terry David Mulligan Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Although the 43-time Grammy nominee and 14-time winner is best known for his chart-topping collaborations with such musical titans as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Michael Buble and Josh Groban, he is no slouch on the screen.

Other achievements by the three-time Oscar nominee include songs in Space Jam, The Preacher's Wife, Eraser, Forget Paris, Free Willy 2, Sleepless in Seattle, An American Tale: Fievel Goes West, Pretty Woman, Three Men and a Baby, White Nights and Message in a Bottle.

Although Foster did much of the scoring on Lipstick with Michael Polnareff, he laughingly describes it as "my first experience of doing all the work with someone and not getting credit."

Eight years later he made his solo scoring debut with St. Elmo's Fire (1985), about college kids facing various crises. It made stars out of Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy, and it made Foster one of the top go-to guys for movie soundtracks.

"I didn't believe I was that good at it. I felt like I was first-time lucky," recalls Foster, who produced two mega-hits: his Top 10 instrumental love theme and St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion), recorded by John Parr.

Director Joel Schumacher's instructions were to create music to reflect "college, autumn, East Coast."

Describing it as "one of the few times in my entire life I ever got inspiration," Foster remembers driving across the Lion's Gate Bridge when he was living in Vancouver and producing the Payolas. Inspired, he came up with the melody for the St. Elmo's Fire theme, recorded it and sent it to Schumacher, who called back the next day to say he didn't like it.

Coincidentally, Foster got a call from Quincy Jones the same day asking if he'd consider composing a Canadian version of the anthem We Are The World. Foster hooked up with Bryan Adams, his neighbour, and his creative partner Jim Vallance, told them he had a great melody Schumacher had rejected, reworked it and laid down the track for what would become Tears Are Not Enough.

On their way to Toronto to record it, Schumacher called Foster saying he made a mistake. It would fit his film perfectly.

"I said, 'Sorry man, you snooze, you lose,'" Foster recalled, saying Schumacher was hopping mad.

"I said, 'Good melodies are hard to come by. I've written enough crappy ones to know when I've written a good one.'"

The film's other up-tempo hit, co-written by Foster and Parr, was inspired by a tape of wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen that long-time friend Chris Earthy sent him. Inspired by a shot of Hansen wheeling to the top of a hill and putting his hands up "Rocky-style" so moved Foster he began composing what would become Hansen's -- and the movie's -- theme.

It was "gratuitously grafted" onto the soundtrack, a classic example of what Foster laughingly calls Hollywood movie magic.

"If you listen to the lyrics it was blatantly written for Rick, not the movie," he says, rattling off some lyrics.

“‘I’m gonna be a Man in Motion, all I need is a pair of wheels' -- What the heck has that got to do with the movie?"

A lot has changed for movie composers since then. Back in the day, before synthesizers took off, Foster would play music on piano for a director, who would then imagine it played by an orchestra.

"Now you can create the whole orchestra with your fingertips, so directors get exactly what they want, which is not always a good thing."

His least favourite part of the process is sitting in a room with notes and trying to match music to onscreen action.

And the most rewarding part?

"When it's finished," he deadpans. "Sitting in a theatre and hearing your music is pretty exciting."

Foster, who recently bought a home in Victoria ("I need an excuse to come back more often") will spend the summer here producing Maurice ("I just love them"), a local pop rock band with a record deal in the works.

He also wants to do more television -- maybe a show like Name That Tune or a "Steve Allen-type talk show."

Although he has been criticized for doing The Princes of Malibu, the short-lived Fox reality show chronicling domestic chaos in the 22-acre, $40-million Malibu estate he shared with his ex-wife Linda Thompson and 20-something stepsons Brandon and Brody, ostensibly to kickstart their showbiz career, he insists he has no regrets.

"I don't regret it remotely. It was fun and I promised them I would do it," he said, noting Brandon just got a record deal and Brody is on MTV's The Hills.

Wasn't he devastated by all the ragging he took?

"It's more devastating to me that Joel Schumacher called and said he didn't like my melody 20 years ago," he says. "You pour your heart and soul into something and someone says he doesn't like it. That hurts. Don't get mad, get even, right?"
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I really liked this article. It shows how humble David really is and how much he has done. I am glad that he is getting some reorganization for all of his great achievements. I am sure that every Grobanite and anyone who ever liked anything David was involved with is happy for him. I know that I am. I own 'Qwest for Camelot' for the lone reason that David Foster did the music. It is nice to know that David enjoys his work and has fun. If someone doesn’t like what they are doing in life then what is the point of going. I for one love my job. I am an accounting clerk and office help for Burnside Homes. I go to work everyday and work part-time. It is a nice job and works really well with my college schedule. My dad didn’t like his job and he dreaded going to work. He quit and was out of work for a year and a half. But he found a job working for the University of Utah and he loves it. Life is too short to spend your whole life in a job that you hate. A word of advice to anyone who dislikes going to work…change your career to something you enjoy doing.

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