Video of the week for 1/28/13

urlRichard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein were an influential musical theater writing team in the 1940’s and 50’s.  Some of their most known shows are “Oklahoma”, “Carousel”, “South Pacific”, “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music”.  They won thirty four Tony Awards and fifteen Academy Awards.

This week I chose the song “Some Enchanted Evening” written in 1949 for the show “South Pacific”.  The song is said to be their single biggest popular hit in a show.  The lyrics in the song are so simple, yet profound.  They are written so eloquently, you cannot help but fall in love with them.

Instead of giving too much background, I believe this song speaks for itself.  I’ve chosen the Bernadette Peters version.  Although it is not the best quality, it will do the job.  A few years ago I saw her perform this piece with the Minnesota Orchestra and I had chills throughout.  It still gets me every time.  What a beautiful love poem.  Enjoy!

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwo25dOiPfg

Lyrics:
Some enchanted evening
You may see a stranger,
you may see a stranger
Across a crowded room
And somehow you know,
You know even then
That somewhere you’ll see her
Again and again.
Some enchanted evening
Someone may be laughin’,
You may hear her laughin’
Across a crowded room
And night after night,
As strange as it seems
The sound of her laughter
Will sing in your dreams.
Who can explain it?
Who can tell you why?
Fools give you reasons,
Wise men never try.
Some enchanted evening
When you find your true love,
When you feel her call you
Across a crowded room,
Then fly to her side,
And make her your own
Or all through your life you
May dream all alone.
Once you have found her,
Never let her go.
Once you have found her,
Never let her go!

 

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