Dream Some Dreams (Music Thoughts: Baby Dream Your Dream, Katie Birtill)

5179SKR0b7L._SS500Katie Birtill’s album stuck out for me because of her song choices. I like that it was showtune-heavy: ‘Baby Dream Your Dream, ; from Sweet Charity for example of ‘Who Will Buy,’ from Oliver are two songs I really enjoy. But when I first listened to the album, I was dismayed. I really disagreed with some of her musical choices – a swinging ‘But Not For Me,’ for example, felt betrayed the song’s lyrics. And a sweet and tender ‘Everyday A Little Death’? Tone deaf! But I told myself to give the album another chance. Sometimes I am too attached to this songs, and maybe these songs don’t need to be in a curio cabinet – perhaps they should be played with and experimented. And yes, I found the album more palatable in subsequent listening. I still don’t love some of it, but I didn’t cringe at some of the other tracks. I kind of get what she did with a jazzy ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and she actually has a great ‘Goodbye Until Tomorrow.’ (No wonder she made it the title of her album)  I don’t know zilch about her – she is based in London and has some credits there – so perhaps I need a little bit of context. I don’t know if I ever have a need to listen to the album again ever (though maybe I will put the title track on a playlist) I really do wish her well, though.

Somehow Somewhere (Music Thoughts: Somehow Here Again, Heather Lowder)

coverWhenever I see a theater album sung by a female, I always hold up hope. In older times that’s where I discovered shows. I would hear a song, love it, and then go to the show from where it’s from.

But even though Lowder is a great – even – fantastic singer, this album kind of fails for me. Maybe I am much too old now, but I really couldn’t enjoy this album. First, song selection. It seems too simple, simple choices, like it did not think about the songs they chose for the album. ‘The Winner Takes It All,’ I know is from ‘Mamma Mia,’ but it is from a jukebox musical and it really is a pop song. Lumping it with other theater song gives the song a big disservice. Even the other songs are so uninspired.  She loves singer’s signatures songs: Secret Love, Till there was you. It’s as if she picked every sing cliche and tried run. This just opens comparison with the original singers, and to make matters worse, she should at least change the arrangements. I mean, I don’t think anyone should sing ‘Over The Rainbow,’ full stop.

I need some food, maybe I am just hungry.