Thursday, January 17, 2013

l'emotion and equite

I chose the song "Do you hear the people sing?", here is an excerpt of that song.
"Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!"
(This exerpt starts off the song with Enjolras singing it and then throughout the rest of the song everyone sings this part.)
This song is telling the people of France to rise up against those who are treating them unfairly, in this case the government. They are asking people to come and fight with them. For a cause that is relevent to their freedom and can change their lives. It is also about people rising up and taking action, no longer will they be slaves. Will they take the risk to die for their cause to change France? This song is relevent to the story because it describes the feelings of the people and what they are fighting for. Also, it describes how much effort they put forth to fight for justice. To me this song portrays the struggles the people face and the injustice in society and is felt through out the musical.  Enjolras, Combeferre, Courfeyac, Feuilly and the cast are singing in this song. Throughout the song their emotions show pride, anger, passion, courage and strength. I felt the actors really conveyed their emotions through the music because they sang with their heart. The lyrics I like the most are sung by Feuilly.

"Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France" 

 You can feel the passion when he sings and the pride in his voice. It makes me feel like I want to join the cause and fight with them if I could. You feel the sacrifice they are willing to give for their cause and it is just so passionate and strong.
Here is the song sung with lyrics by the origional London musical cast.

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