I have been put into four pieces which include either a solo, duet or group number.
My first song that I appear in is my solo, which is Not While I’m Around from Sweeney Todd. This is originally sung by a little boy and so I have been looking at female covers and I have found a few I think don’t suit my voice at all and others which have given me inspiration on how to sing it.
This version I found was just too deep I feel, especially since the original has a much higher pitch and I am also not an alto so I would struggle reaching these notes. Also with in the context I sing this song its meant to be gentle and kind where as this just doesn’t give that effect.
This cover sounded a little too creepy for my liking, I know of course they’re trying to imitate the boy but it doesn’t sound nice. I scrapped this one immediately as like I said before the song needed to be gentle and meaningful I don’t want to ruin the tone of the scene by sounding creepy.
This version from Barbara Streisand was quite nice to listen to, it has a soft tone and could be great for the atmosphere as just before I sing this song there is a dance routine about abuse and so the song needs to be a loving song to show that it really will be alright. Barbara Streisand’s version is quite slow I think if I attempted her version I would speed it up a little bit.
Finally I found this glee version, parts of it are sung by males, however I like the way the girls sing their parts as it has a slightly more modern feel and so I could translate that to the boy parts as well to make it an all female song.
My second song isn’t as well known as my solo song. It’s by an artist called Philippa Hanna and the song is called Poisoned Apple. I will be doing this as a duet with Jess and I think this will be really great, we have already decided who will sing which parts on their own and which parts we will do in harmony. I’m still learning the song, but it’s not too difficult to learn. This is the version I have found as is the most popular, it is a live studio version of Philippa singing.
I am also in a group number called Bring On The Men from Jekyll and Hyde. I think this may be a difficult song, but we haven’t had a chat about it in our group so we haven’t split up the song into parts yet either. I have been listening to this version as it sounds really good and to also help me become familiar with it, so when we do split the song up then it won’t take long to learn my part. This is the version I have been looking at, the song is powerful, if no one can completely sing it, then I think if we all sang it together it could have a stronger impact than just one person.