Well, I haven’t actually seen the new Disney movie “Frozen,” but I have bought the song “Let it Go.” It’s Idina Menzel! She’s belting it out as if she were back on Broadway and not in a recording studio. It’s not even the words to the song—it’s just that it’s a perfectly constructed show tune. And I’m a girl who loves show tunes.
I could listen to Menzel’s So-Mi-Do’s all day long. Instead of singing, “I will rise like the break of dawn,” that woman could be singing, “I am hungry for buttered corn!” and I’d still be singing along.
I learned about the song from one of my favorite podcasts, “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” and may I say that Glen Weldon’s observation about this song was so right on and so funny that I almost fell off the EFX machine. (More at http://n.pr/18ZBarX.) When the podcast was over, I bought the song while still on the EFX and have been listening to it almost nonstop ever since.
This, people, is why we need show tunes. Because a song can grab you like an icy blast, and you don’t even know why. You just have to sing along.
P.S. Courtesy of YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk.