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MAMMA MIA!

A long time ago I talk about theater in this blog, really, the fact is not went again since Into the Woods but the gift that since last year set up with my sister was gived again for my birthday and my sister’s gift me two tickets for Mamma Mia! in Barcelona Teatre Musical and although in the end I had to go with my mother because my sister couldn’t, the fact is that exactly a week ago I was in the theatre beginning to enjoy this story.

The truth is that ABBA’s songs follow me from many times ago in different ways. First, it was no my mother’s favourite band but are of their time and at home there are old records, cassettes and vinyl I liked when I heard; then, many years ago appears a teen band A*Teens, that was not the best album I have but made me feel most songs near. Finally, when I reheard in a time of my life The winner takes it all I get touched on several grounds, and even more the spanish version of the leading actress of the play, Nina.

For all that reasons, I was interested in see this play, but last year I prefer to see Cabaret and this time, I expect the gift was for Que! El nou musical, but the truth is that Mamma Mia! is a greater option. The truth is that I had some prejudices about the play, but just charming, very well explained, good interpretations and a very sophisticated scenografie that ends with a great big party with everybody sing-a-long the most famous ABBA’s hit!

These are my answers to two questions that you may do:

Movie or theatre play?
I haven’t seen the movie, but when I went back home after seeing the play, watch some clips on YouTube and the fact is that the movie copy the play with more budget and, as I read in a criticism a musical film (Across The Universe), the fact that the actors were celebrities made everything he did little more unreal and uncredible. In addition, the theater always has a magic and makes you get involved in a special way.

What about the translation of the songs in spanish?
Well, interesting topic. As the story is in spanish, I think that the songs are in spanish too is the greatest option and more natural. It’s true that I can’t imagine the musical said in the previous question in spanish (that’s why I see it in the original version subtitled) but well, in conclusion, I think the best option is to share songs and dialogue language in the play, is the most natural way to enter history and get involved in it.

I couldn’t end this entry without talking about the actors and actresses cover. It’s true that are needed to program the play all week, but in this case, I have taken a flop if the player had been interpreted by the cover as one of the attractions of the play for me was the voice of Nina, the principal actress. In another way, I wouldn’t have believed the story as well. That’s all…

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…
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Britannia High

Seems, for what has been seen so far, that the greatest way to describe this new british TV-program is as a plus of High School Musical and Fame, as usual: corny stories, teenage love, fashionable people everywhere…

But the truth it’s that the new single Start of something it’s a hit, that kind of that makes you happiest and optimistic, something necessary nowadays… Furthermore, add four things: (one) the incredible change of Mitch Hewer, that appears on Skins as Maxxie; (two) I read that was one of the most successfull programs in the last Canne’s Festival; (three) as I read, Take That is part of the project, a fact that explains the great single, I’m not saying that Take That was great (how little I heard, I was indifferent of it) but the success they had, for something would be, and finally (four) I’ve to say that not everything shines, the second single Watch this space it’s not good at all.

To end, thank and recommend you the greatest blog ok Skins in spanish, the way I discover Britannia High, and the official web of Britannia High to look for photos, download the song, videos…

Start of Something’s video

Songs about Facebook

This song is to support the social network Facebook…

But exist another one against it…

¿Wich one do you prefer?

My opinion: I like Facebook, indeed, I’ve to admit that I connect daily to look what my friends did, but it’s true all what they say in both songs and they are so fun, the rhythim, it’s so much better in the facebook hater’s song. What about Facebook? everyone  can use it how they want, it’s up to you!

Ben Lee

Ben Lee is an australian singer that I discover with his optimistic song Catch My Disease. I discover the song some years ago and I look for other songs too as My Guitar  (dumbudambududubudabudera…) or Cigarretes Will Kill You. Their songs are absolutelly pop and fun, fake simple, that kind of songs that make you smile eventhough you spend the worst day in your life.

Today I listen Catch My Disease again and I decide to look for the rest of the songs of the album where tihis songs appears. The album it’s called Awake is the New Sleep (2005) and all have many differents songs great all. If you found it, enjoy!

This is Ben Lee’s website and finally, here you have the video of his great song:

I’m from Barcelona

They’re called I’m From Barcelona but are from Sweeden. Why? As I read somewhere, i think that the choir began when some of the members met in Barcelona when they’re here for a ERASMUS… something like that. Well, what it’s important it’s that their music is fun, simple and great!!!!

Their single We’re from Barcelona sounds a lot in the city few years ago when they play on Primavera Sound Festival. This weekend I listen it again so I look for their complete CD and I found it on this link, enjoy!

You can visit their website too! And look this video:

Velvet Goldmine

We set out to change the world and just changed ourselves

Synopsis

“Velvet Goldmine” is a rock opera of sorts, as the famous movie to “Citizen Kane”,  the film tells the story of Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), an enormously popular glam rock star and his relationship with his wife, Mandy Slade (Toni Collette) and his love affair with the glam rock star Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), al this, by the eye of Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) who was a fan of the glam movement when he was young and ten years later, he is a journalist who have to write about the fake murder or Slade. The film is a combination of documentary, concert, and music video, which combine to present the film in a non-linear fashion, an ‘experience’ movie. 

During Stuart’s search, however, we are provided with a glimpse into the world of glam rock. Slade is shown as being ultimately a construct, transformed by an ambitious record agent into a popular rock star. He is invented by his record company, and soon rises to fame as a part of the brief English phenomenon of glam rock. Although married, Slade and Mandy have an open relationship, and are both openly bisexual. The rocker Curt Wild enters Slade’s life, and he falls in love. Wild, based around fantasies of Iggy Pop, goes to England to record with Slade, and the two men are marketed “like a pair of 40s starlets, a Spencer and Tracy for the 70s”2. However, the two men’s love affair soon turns sour and Wild leaves Slade. Slade, despondent, plans his assassination in order to get himself out of his current tour, and afterwards, slips into drug abuse and depression. Soon after, glam rock itself dies out.

Director: Todd Haynes
Producer(s): Christine Vachon
Screenplay: James Lyons, Todd Haynes
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette and Eddie Izzard

Movie trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TYptm6MoMo

Movie soundtrack
http://www.mediafire.com/?mvtnym2mymb

I watch and listen some reports of this movie when it was in theaters. Then, some people talks my about, so, it becomes one of the movies to watch if you have the opportunity. Today, I watch in on cinematk (a cable channel) furthermore in orginial version, great! Great explained, visually, the songs… it’s an interesting movie that I recommend you! The soundtrack too, it’s good and it’t not necessary to be a glam rock fan, I’m not.

The Beatles Anthology

 

Who can tell that he or she doesn’t know any Beatles song? There’s no doubt about they’re one of the greatest bands of the last century.  Many years ago, I just know some of their songs (the famoust) and really, I don’t pay a lot of attention to them. But in the last years, months, weeks and days, people I met, movies I watched and songs I listened, makes me discover much more about Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr.

One of the last (and greatest) is this, The Beatles Anthology (1995-1996). A project consisting of: eitgh chapters of docummentary series, three albums with never-before-realased Beatles material (as inedits songs, bootlegs, demos, etc.) and a monographic book.

The album’s cover is created from collage of posters and covers and the songs are chronologically ordered, including statements between the songs. It’s something to have physically, but, at the moment, as should be difficult and expensive to find, you can download it:

Anthology 1 (1995) disc 1 || disc 2 

Anthology 2 (1996) disc 1 || disc 2

Anthology 3 (1996) disc 1 || disc 2 || disc 3

When you download it and want to descompress, the program ask you for a password, is this: gustavoeo.blogspot.com

Thanks to this blog for the direct download links!

Enjoy it! You can read too Across the Universe and US vs John Lennon