Song spotlight : For Good
In this post, Lily shines a spotlight on her featured song from Wicked - For Good!
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Singer/Flute Lily Casson
Piano Sid Sonac
Arranger Sue Casson
Recorded & Mixed Lana Banana Studios
I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, Bringing something we must learn, And we are led by those who help us most to grow, If we let them and we help them in return...
SONG IN CONTEXT
For Good is sung by Glinda and Elphaba before they part, never to meet again. It gives them the opportunity to say the things they had never said to each other, creating an emotional end to a terrific show. This song often leaves me in tears, as it reminds me of the people who have made my life what it is and how much they matter to me.
So much of me is made of what I've learned from you, You'll be with me like a handprint on my heart...
I first came across the music of Stephen Schwartz when I listened to the original Broadway Cast recording of Wicked and later when I was introduced to Chanson from The Baker's Wife. There are so many different layers of Schwartz's songs that I love but the stand-out feature from all of his work is his soaring melodies. Each song he writes carries the performer and the audience on an emotional journey to tell a story. A visceral energy bursts through each note and lyric which is infectious and demands attention.
His credits speak for themselves - whether working alone or collaborating with others. His shows including Pippin, Godspell and most recently, Wicked, are well-loved by the musical theatre community but also by audiences who are enraptured by the world he creates through music. I was amazed to discover that he is the only songwriter in Broadway history to have 3 different shows to run more than 1900 performances. I think this demonstrates his appeal and his ability to weave together words and music in a magical way.
It's unusual for someone with such a talent with melody, to match that expertise with outstanding lyrics. However, with beloved films such as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Pocahontas, he does just that - leaving the memorable music to Alan Menken, and crafting a stand-alone lyric. (Read my composer profile of Alan Menken here!)
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Schwartz is one of my favourite musical composers as his intelligent lyrics speak volumes, even without the musical line.
What is your favourite song from a Stephen Schwartz musical? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @LilyCasson!
Who can say if I've been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good.
Join me in “my own little corner” of the internet next time as I explore another featured musical from 2000s. This time shining a spotlight on a masque in the making based on the Greek myth, Persephone. See you next matinee day!