Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Madonnathon Song of the Day - Choice Selections from "Evita"

Photo Source: Gerard's Madonna Page

Today's Madonnathon "Songs of the Day" are probably some of her less known tunes, except by her diehard fans. They're from the 1996 film version of the Broadway musical, "Evita," and I love them in a different way than I love other Madonna songs. Joe and I first rented the movie when it came out on DVD and we both loved it. I soon bought the album and the two of us sang practically the entire score along to the CD over and over again.

The soundtrack to the film has many wonderful songs, and most of them are of course typical Broadway, in that they work to tell the story of our heroine. The score was written by Andrew Lloyd Weber, the most classic of Broadway composers. Songs such as "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You," "The Lady's Got Potential," and "Good Night and Thank You" are wonderfully written and fun to sing along to, but these are the lesser known tunes from "Evita."

The songs featured here today are two of the most well-known from the original score, as well as one that was written especially for the movie version. I also threw in my own personal favorite, "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," which segues the story from little Eva's hard knocks to her eventual personal success, all before she meets Colonel Peron.

Buenos Aires

This is one of the most up tempo and popular songs on the soundtrack, and comes at a time in the story when Eva moves to the big, wonderful city. Some of the dance sequences in the scene are spectacular!

Don't Cry For Me Argentina

Probably the most well-known song from "Evita," this version from the movie is downright dramatic, as our popular heroine publicly reveals her illness. It's quite different from some of the versions heard on the radio, but the chorus is yet the same.

Another Suitcase in Another Hall

Ah, my favorite! This melancholy tune about the struggles of trying to make it is wonderfully arranged and beautifully performed by Madonna.

You Must Love Me

This was an original song written especially for this movie version and it takes place at one of the saddest parts of the film.

So there you have it, four noteworthy songs from "Evita" as sung by the Queen, Madonna, who happened to win a Golden Globe for her performance. The rest of the soundtrack is just as good, and if you're a big enough Madonna fan, you've seen the movie and already know what I mean. You can pick up the soundtrack below by clicking the links for digital copies at iTunes or CD's at Amazon.

Evita (Music from the Motion Picture) - Madonna

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