Characters I Relate To

One of the most important things in storytelling is an emotional connection. There is a difference between relating to a character and emotionally connecting and not relating to a character and still forming an emotional connection. So, who are some of the characters?

Elphaba

As many know by now, Elphaba is my favorite musical character. Like Elphaba, I know what its like to feel different due to epilepsy, Autism, and learning disabilities. At times, I have felt misunderstood. I am also smart, determined, big-hearted, unique, impulsive, and believe in equality and staying true to myself. It was through Elphaba where I was able to finally start to understand both emotional connection and relating to characters.

Belle

Of all the classic Disney princesses, I relate to Belle the most. I am unique and a bookworm.

Anna

Now, of the contemporary Disney princesses, I relate to Anna the most. The two of us share a lot in common. We are both the youngest. We are both impulsive, outgoing, optimistic, and both want a stronger relationship with our older sister. Thinking of Frozen, I am excited for 2022 because Frozen is coming to Charlotte next year.

Annie

Annie remains my favorite childhood musical. I think I now know why Annie was my favorite musical before Wicked. I think a lot of it had to do with the character of Annie. I was an optimistic child and I was able to relate to her. At the time, I didn’t exactly understand emotional connection and relating to characters.

Conclusion

These are only a few examples of characters I relate to.

Review of Original Frozen Broadway Soundtrack

It has been known to some people that I finally own the Original Broadway Soundtrack. Usually after owning a new soundtrack, I usually am listening to it. Frozen is coming to Charlotte in 2022.I thought today to review the soundtrack.

The Review

Vuelie/ Let the Sun Shine On- this is the opening number. I think this is a stronger opening then the animated one. It actually sets up the stage really well- you begin to see the relationship of Elsa and Anna when they were children.

A Little Bit of You- this is a really cute duet between Anna and Elsa. You really get to see their bond as kids.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman- one of the well-known songs from the animated movie. I even think this song has improved especially towards the ending. Now, you see Anna wanting to get close to Elsa further

For the First Time in Forever- one of my favorite songs from the movie.

Hans of the Southern Isles- he finally gets some more songs

Queen Anointed- as expected, it happens during Elsa’s coronation. I am glad we see most of her coronation during song

Dangerous to Dream- this also happens during the coronation. It is one of Elsa’s songs, and I love how you see more of her fear of what will happen while she is Queen

Love is an Open Door- this song has improved as well. It is a lot more catchy and feels more like a love song even thought it “technically not a love song”

Reindeer(s) are are better than People- the duet where we really first get to meet Kristoff and Sven. Turns out this song happens sooner in person as opposed to the movie

What do you know about Love- this a funny duet between Kristoff and Anna arguing what they think love is

In Summer- Olaf is such an adorable snowman.Even. Olaf’s idea of Summer is crazy, but cute in a way. Crazily enough, the original Broadway Olaf sounds almost exactly like the animated one

Hans of the Southern Isles (Reprise)- I think this song does (in my opinion that Hans is the antagonist and villain of the musical)

Let it Go- everyone knows this song. This ends the first act, which I had a feeling it would be

Hygge- this song is a fun opening to the 2nd act. I believe this is now we start to realize that Arendelle is set in Norway. Now we meet Oaken, the guy at the shop

For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)- having those beginning parts are an improvement from the film. The rest of the song is what I am familiar with. This song is only on the soundtrack (sadly the US Tour cut it out)

Fixer Upper- we know when this happens. The moment Kristoff is trying to get help for Anna

Kristoff Lullaby- finally, we have a moment when Kristoff realizes he loves Anna, but scared that he might lose her (due the the Frozen Heart that was picked up on after Fixer Upper)

Monster-this is one of my favorite additions to the musical. It is Elsa’s big moment in act II- when she decides to try to make everything alight done in Arendelle instead of being the “Monster” people are calling her

True Love- this is actually my favorite addition to Frozen. I am glad Anna has this heartbreaking song, and happens after Hans betrays her. I relate strongly to Anna. Sad that the tour cut it- seriously, this song is sung by one of our two protagonists and happens a pivotal and emotional moment for her. I still see this song as part of Frozen.

Colder by the Minute- lots of things happen in this song. Kristoff trying to get to Anna, Anna trying to get to Kristoff, Hans trying to get to Elsa to kill her, and Elsa trying to figure out how to stop the Winter (I believe) and looking for her sister. It is when the storm is more like a blizzard

Finale/Let it Go- finally the eternal Winter is going to be over. Anna finally shows Elsa how- even though Anna has no magical love. You realize in this song that the True Love was between the sisters.

“The two cuts were thing I wish never happened especially “True Love”. At least the song is on the soundtrack”

January 2021 in Review

Now, its time to talk bout the highlights of January. Well, there really weren’t any highlights in this month.

Reading

In total, I have read 8 books this month. I actually hoped to finish the Chronicles of Narnia series, which I did. That was actually my first reread I really did. Those were easy and short books to read. I would start on Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe- it give the books a lot more wonder.

Castle in the Air- this is actually in the 2nd book in the Howl’s series. In a way, each book can act as a standalone. However, some things will not make sense unless you read Howl’s Moving Castle. None of the stories seem connected- the main character changes, which means the plot changes. Sophie, Howl, and Calicifer remain a part of the books- just might be seen in a different way. They might be close the main character more than that MC realizes- as in not being human.

Still in the middle of House of Many Ways- that will be a book finished in February.

Birthday

January was my birthday month. I got three things for my birthday. I finally owned the Original Broadway Soundtrack of Frozen- something I wanted for Christmas. I even got a Hufflepuff pandora charm- that is my Hogwarts house. Surprisingly, I was still able to get my typical birthday dinner- I always want boeuf beourginon and creme brûlée, and a church member decided to make that for us- in a way, that was like a birthday present.

I have always wanted to read Sherlock Holmes, but the versions we found were too hard for me to read. So, my dad ended up finding a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories. Actually, I did read Sherlock Holmes once- back in 12th grade summer read, for the optional read, was Hound of the Baskervilles- I remember loving that book.

Now, I can’t stop listening to the Original Broadway Frozen soundtrack. That kinda of makes up for the postponement last year. I know Frozen will eventually restart the tour- Blumenthal still hasn’t decided when to bring Frozen to Charlotte yet.

Croissant Day

Sounds like a strange highlights, but it is is. The end of January was National Croissant Day. I decided to have a Chocolate Croissant for that day.

My Favorite New Frozen Song

I recently got the Original Broadway Soundtrack for Frozen. I thought maybe I should write a post on my favorite song- as in the new ones. I still don’t know when Frozen will return to Charlotte- would have seen it last year if it wasn’t for the pandemic.

True Love

Of all the new songs, True Love happens to be my favorite new song. Of all contemporary princesses, the one I relate to the most is Anna. It is a heartbreaking song sung by Anna. It happens at a pivotal and emotional moment for Anna due to happening after Hans betrays her. I was able to figure that out by lyrics alone.

One of the things I dislike about the musical now is the cut of True Love. When the US Tour began, this song got cut, which was not the best decision. True Love develops Anna further and love that it is a heartbreaking song. The only way I can even listen to that song is by soundtrack alone. Despite getting cut, I still see True Love as a part of Frozen.

More Presents- Birthday

What is crazy is how close my birthday is to Christmas. My birthday is January 9th- got my free Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks. Surprisingly, I was able to still have my birthday dinner tradition- someone from church made boeuf beouergnion and creme brûlée. For some time, I thought I would have to change plans due to the pandemic, but luckily still got the meal.

As for gifts- two of them were ones I asked for Christmas. Usually some gifts I asked for Christmas are saved till my birthday. I got the Hufflepuff charm Pandora bracelet and the Original Broadway Frozen Soundtrack. I love Frozen and the new songs, but no way of knowing when I will be able to see the show- supposed to see it last year, but got postponed. I am hoping it will be 2022. Just have to wait till the US Tour starts up again.

I actually wanted to read Sherlock Holmes for a while, and I finally will get the chance. I can love mystery, but can easily be a hit or miss. Already know I will love Sherlock Holmes.