This is my first blog from my original website, Celestial. Because of this, some of the text may not make sense or be relevant to this site. Please just ignore it. For more reasons why I'm on LiveJournal, see a later post.
I've worked so hard on this damn site, I swear. It's full of my (virtual) blood, sweat and tears. Even though it may not look like it.
Ha, my web-design talent is nearly non-existent. I mean, I don't mind this layout, but then I go and visit some other site and it's like 0_o. I'm hoping my skills will develop over time.
Wow, what a negative way to start off my blog! Let's start again, shall we? I'm Charlotte!
I'm actually a very happy and bubbly person! Exclamation mark overdose!
C'mon Char, serious now. I was watching a film with my mum last night; a foreign film called As It Is In Heaven
. It's this beautiful Swedish movie about a composer who, after a heart attack, returns to the village he grew up in.
He begins to compose songs, and trains, the local church's choir, and it's basically all about his time there. It's an amazing movie, one of my favourites, so definitely see it. As you would expect in a movie about a choir, there's a few singing scenes.
There's a character in the movie named Gabriella, and her boyfriend beats her, and tries to stop her from attending the choir. Daniel writes a solo song, specifically for her, and there's a really powerful scene where she finally agrees to do the song, being inspired by one member of the choir standing up for himself after years of bullying. The scene flicks to her singing the song, and she's just this absolutely amazing singer, like one of the best I have ever heard. And it just struck me as so
unfair that she has this absolutely perfect
voice, and yet she's relatively unknown and has one small scene in a movie.
And then I made a connection between her and Vanessa Hudgens.
They both play characters named Gabriella, and they both sing in the movie they feature in. They both needed persuasion to perform, and they both gave the performance of their lives, once they finally got up on stage.
And it's so unfair, because Vanessa Hudgens has an okay voice, but it's so mainstream pop, and yet she's amazingly
And this other woman has the biggest, best voice ever
, and she's belting out this powerful song, and she's not famous at all.
How does that work? There are all these brilliant singers out there (like Eva Cassidy, who died before she was recognised, even though she has one of the best voices I've ever heard), and who don't even get the slightest
amount of recognition!
It makes me so annoyed
that all these one-hit-wonders, these stupid little teen wannabes, are making all the money and hogging all the spotlight with their useless squeaking and thumping sounds.
I mean, I'm as guilty of listening to Top 40 as the next person, but I wish we could start to appreciate really
good singers. I remember once I tried to tell people about the amazing singers I've mentioned before, and they all laughed at me, and went back to their iPods full of rap and hip-hop.
Maybe it's because we are all really narrow-minded and will only listen to bands we know about, or rather, that everyone else knows about, or that are cool. Maybe we're scared of trying something new; being different.
So, I'm setting all my visitors a goal: keep your mind wide open, and listen to a few of the songs I'm about to post below. Don't judge, just listen. Fields of Gold
, People Get Ready
and Over the Rainbow
. The scene from As It Is In Heaven