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I was SO about this movie when it came out. I was 8 years old at the time of it’s release and was happy there was a Disney movie being made about one of my fellow brown girls (there was not many in the media when I was younger).
I instantly loved the song when I heard it, and even my 8 year old mind was able to wrap around the concept of respecting the earth, land and animals. It gave me a different perspective of how I viewed the earth’s natural resources and I think planted the young seeds of environmentalism and veganism.
2. Cabaret by Liza Minelli
This song literally helped me find my voice. I was big into reading biographies and autobiographies when I was a teenager. I read Judy Garland’s, then rushed off to find one about Liza. From there, I learned more about her music and found myself in love with Cabaret.
I would check the audio cassette (remember those?!) soundtrack out from my local library and blast it as I cleaned, exercised or showered. I quickly learned all the words and would sing along as loud as I could, trying to imitate Liza (my apologies to my mom and sisters who endured this). Imitating Liza made me want to sing and sing some more, my karaoke mic hog persona was thus developed, and now it’s hard to shut me up.
3. Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
I never understood the full impact of this song, until I realized the video would make my little brother cry. He was about 5 years at the time, and as good big sisters, we were introducing him to the best music around and showing him Michael’s music videos. He became emotional while watching this music video, and in the future would ask us to change it when it came on. The video depicts various scenes of war, shootings, homelessness and poverty. My teenage brain must have grown callous to these images, but when I saw them from a child’s perspective and listened closer to the song, I realized how poignant the message was.
My favorite line, that I often quote and talk about with the high school students I work with, is “if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change.” Thank you MJ, for reminding us to stop complaining about things we do not like and start the change within ourselves first. MJ forever!
4. Defying Gravity from the Wicked Soundtrack
I have seen this musical live 3 times now. It is THAT good. This song comes on at the climax of the show, right before intermission. It literally gives me goosebumps at a crucial part, when the highest chord is reached.
I appreciate the message of the song, and the show as a whole. The lyrics are incredibly inspiring for so many reasons, and relatable to anyone who has ever dared to take a risk, go against the grain or stand up for what they believe.
5. La Vie Boheme from the RENT soundtrack
I was captivated the first time I heard this, while watching the movie. I found it simply amazing that such a poetic song had been written exactly about everything I loved and believed in, as though my complete essence had been transfused into one song. I could not believe I had not heard of it until the movie came out!
I quickly bought the soundtrack and soon racked up 3 live shows, as well (I was able to see one show with the original Mark & Roger!).
I am a huge fan of musical theater and it is so hard to pick a favorite, but I think I do have to go with RENT. Thank-you, Jonathan Larson.