A Few of our Favourite Things…
With all that’s happening in the world, ranging from the distressing (see: British politics) to the downright disturbing (see: the “CATS” trailer), we can understand if you’re feeling a bit gloomy.
And so, we here at Jellynote have compiled a list of our favourite musical performances of all time to remind you of a happier time when cats didn’t have breasts.
Lady Gaga’s homage to “The Sound of Music” at the Oscars
Four years before the world went mad for “Shallow”, Gaga, stripped of her usual costumes and gimmicks, reminded us of the power of live performance and its ability to move and inspire. She was spectacular.
Aretha Franklin sings “Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors
Barack Obama cried. Enough said.
The Spice Girls surprise the nation at the London Olympic Games Closing Ceremony
By no means the most musically impressive moment on the list, but 10/10 for the sheer iconicness of this moment. All 5 Spice Girls arriving in black cabs, reuniting for one night and one night only, to perform their greatest hits? A dream come true…
Freddie Mercury’s vocal improvisation at Wembley
Mercury cements his status as a legend in this vocal improv, proving he doesn’t even need to sing actual words for the audience to hang off his every syllable. A testament to his skill both as a singer and as an entertainer. Bravo.
Paul McCartney sings “She’s Leaving Home” in Red Square
Arguably the best Beatle singing their greatest song. McCartney’s voice has faded, but the song still packs quite the emotional punch. Perhaps more so as McCartney performs without the other members of The Fab Four.
Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand’s duet on The Judy Garland Show
A symbolic passing of the torch moment, made even more poignant by the contrast between the joy on Streisand’s face and the weariness in Garland’s eyes. Both stars hold back at first, out of respect for each other. In the final chorus, they seem to let go, creating an unforgettable moment in music history.
Jeff Buckley’s rendition of “Hallelujah” at the Cabaret Metro
Buckley probably has the least cult-status of all the artists on the list, but his performance is no less moving. His audience is completely silent, mesmerised. It’s a sublime performance.
Feeling better? Why not try following in the footsteps of these stars? You can find all our sheet music online at Jellynote.com. Happy practising!
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