dusty wrote:Yes, I saw the Harry Potter m,usical after discovering him on Glee. I'm a huge Potter fan (even embarrassingly queued up for the last Potter book at midnight when it first came out! To be fair I was heading home from the pub and spotted the queue outside a bookshop and hearing they were waiting for the new Potter book, I just had to join in!)
ANyways, thought the Starkid musical was fun, great music, but rough around the edges, though charmingly so. It is pretty impressive what they have managed to achieve of the back of that. It completely took on a life of its own.
Aw, that's so cool that you are a huge Harry Potter fan! I love that. My husband also is a big Harry Potter fan. ha! And there's no shame in being passionate about such a beloved story and its characters.
I didn't know about StarKid either until after I saw Darren on Glee. I agree, their work is a little rough around the edges, but filled to the brim with charm. I love their positivity and their friendship with each other. Just like Glee and Harry Potter, it feels like there is a community of fans around StarKids and their performances. The StarKid projects, especially AVPM, really did seem to take a life of their own. It's quite impressive. I've read fans accounts, saying how much StarKids have helped them get through some rough times in their lives, by giving them moments of smiles and laughter. That is invaluable.
dusty wrote:I'm sorry to hear you went through a tough time. Glad you're out of it now. I have heard a lot of people say DC has been helping them through tough times. I guess it is because he seems to have such a positive influence. Though it's currently not working its charm on these grey London skies. It's chucking it down here.
Aw, thanks dusty. And yes, I do think Darren's positive outlook helps people get through tough times. He's so kind, warm, supportive and optimistic. People really appreciate that. I remember reading or watching one of Darren's interviews. I don't remember if it was one of the occasions when some guests connected with Make-A-Wish visited the Glee set and met with some of the cast, or whether it had to do with Musicians on Call. But I remember someone commenting that it's not an easy situation, and Darren responded that yes, but he just focuses on trying to make the fans smile and enjoy themselves. That's a giving perspective, from a kind heart.
I know I've read about fans saying his music as well has helped them, especially "Not Alone."
dusty wrote:I hope you are right about that elusive album. I love his voice and have been waiting pretty (im)patiently for it! He really does have a knack for composing. I remember reading a fan report from someone who met him during season three (think it was at the filming of the Ben scene) and she told her that she was singing Coolest Girl at some talent show competition or whatever it was, and he was chuffed and told her that that is where his heart truly lies or something to that effect. Can't recall the precise wording. But that passion does show. I also think he has shown progress from the starkid stuff to This Time. Imagine if he got to compose a Disney musical? Poor boy would explode! Speaking of musicals, I was so impressed with his Hedwig recordings. I was hesitant when he first got the role, as I wasn't sure he could pull of the rock. I mean some of those songs are almost raw punk. But boy did he deliver! On a personal note, I was delighted as I love the rock/punk genre, almost got my hopes up he'd might move more iin that direction on his album! Lol!
You just need to believe, dusty! ha! "I . . .have been waiting pretty (im)patiently for it!" I remember reading that too, dusty, about that comment from Darren about composing. I agree, his passion does show in his songs. I think he's quite good at it. "This Time" was beautifully done! Was so proud of him for writing such a wonderful, touching song.
Geez if he was able to compose a Disney musical?!! Darren's mind and heart would combust, like you said!
I agree about the rock songs in Hedwig. I wasn't sure how well he would be able to pull them off. But boy, did he show us! So much angst and energy. "Exquisite Corpse" in particular is full of so much despair and rage. If you love the rock/punk genre, I can see how you would love some of the songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. And I can see why you would like him to move more in that direction for his album. I would like him to do some rock/punk on his album too.
dusty wrote:Poppy, speaking of his live performances....I was lucky enough to see Darren live when he held a concert here in London after the Glee tour. Maybe I should have put that on my list of favourite Darren projects. he was pretty mesmerising and totally held the entire crowd. I was also struck by how much power he had in his voice. I was used to him singing these soft pop songs on Glee and here he was belting! That was the concert btw where the crowd sang Darren instead of Sami. It was pretty touching. Basically whilst we were all queuing up to get into the gig these two girls went down the entire crowd asking everyone to sing Darren instead of Sami in the song. And by the sound of it the entire crowd obliged! It was pretty cool. The sap that I am, I got a lump in my throat. It must have been pretty cool for him to have an entire crowd in a foreign country showing their appreciation like that.
Wow, this is a nice concert review, dusty. Thanks so much for sharing. I've never seen him in a concert doing his own music. So cool to hear your thoughts about how he was mesmerizing, and that he was able to completely capture the audience's attention. I've read that before from others. Also nice to hear about his belting. I remember seeing videos of the crowd singing along and replacing "Sami" with "Darren." Aw, you got a lump in your throat. I can only imagine how he felt, to see this group of fans doing that for him.