The Resource For Musicals



The Phantom of the Opera Forum


Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
"Think of Me": Awkward, pleasant, seductive, or a 
Author Message
Broadway Legend
Broadway Legend
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 22, 2002 11:23 pm
Posts: 992
Post "Think of Me": Awkward, pleasant, seductive, or a
Dear "TPoTO" Fans,

When Christine sings "Think of Me", should she sound slightly awkward (after all, she isn't necessarily aware that she's THAT good of a singer), simply pleasant, or seductive (as though she's lusting after someone whom she's thinking of, and as though her thoughts just happen to go along with the words of the song that she's singing)? Should the song go from being awkward to pleasant to seductive, or should it be a combination of those three attitudes during the entire time that its being sung?

Of course, seeing as how I like to think of Christine as a self-centered, cruel tease, I'd sing the song as though I were totally lusting after someone...:wink: We all know that "The Phantom of The Opera" is <cough> about sex and eroticism <cough>. That's not to say that it isn't a work of art...

Oh! I have a question about the lyrics from the aforementioned song. Are the lyrics really "the earth recedes, and so do we...", as I think that they are, or have I been totally mishearing the lyrics?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
8)

_________________
Till Next Time,
The Duchess of Mint
(The Original Lone Wolf)
OPINION: Mitt Romney is "that wicked plastic man!"


Last edited by The Duchess of Mint on Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:24 am, edited 1 time in total.



Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:08 am
Profile
Chorus Member
Chorus Member

Joined: Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:47 pm
Posts: 95
Location: Various Locations in Australia
Current Obsession: Amanda Palmer, Doctor Who, Jane Austen
Main Role: Performer
Post Re: "Think of Me": Awkward, pleasant, seductive, o
The Duchess of Mint wrote:

Oh! I have a question about the lyrics from the aforementioned song. Are the lyrics really "the earth recedes, and so do we...", as I think that they are, or have I been totally mishearing the lyrics?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
8)


Do you mean "flowers fade, the fruits of summer fade, they have their seasons, so do we..."?


Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:16 am
Profile
Broadway Legend
Broadway Legend
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 22, 2002 11:23 pm
Posts: 992
Post Re: "Think of Me": Awkward, pleasant, seductive, o
Dear Megziid,

Those were indeed the lyrics which I kept mishearing. :oops:

Then again, I cannot stand musical phrases which continue, while trying to include two complete sentences, so that the listener is completely confused, and/ or weirded out by the weird transition between the two sentences...

You know what I mean?

Thanks in advance for your reply.
:idea:


Megziid wrote:
The Duchess of Mint wrote:

Oh! I have a question about the lyrics from the aforementioned song. Are the lyrics really "the earth recedes, and so do we...", as I think that they are, or have I been totally mishearing the lyrics?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
8)


Do you mean "flowers fade, the fruits of summer fade, they have their seasons, so do we..."?

_________________
Till Next Time,
The Duchess of Mint
(The Original Lone Wolf)
OPINION: Mitt Romney is "that wicked plastic man!"


Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:35 am
Profile
Broadway Legend / MdN Veteran
Broadway Legend / MdN Veteran
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:56 pm
Posts: 2745
Location: Lousiana
Current Obsession: Too many to list.
Main Role: Fan
Post 
Well the song is in a opera so wouldn't mean nothing? Or am I looking at it the wrong way....

_________________
"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities." J.R.R. Tolkin.


MDN's Superlative Voting Winner:Most Likely To Make You Laugh


Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:19 am
Profile WWW
Broadway Legend
Broadway Legend
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:36 pm
Posts: 1017
Location: On the roof of the Paris Opera House
Current Obsession: Jekyll & Hyde
Main Role: Performer
Post 
Whenever I heard the song, I always pictured it as an innocent reflection on happier days before two lovers parted. Also, when the song was written it was probably unintended, but I can see a little bit of a Raoul/Christine subtext in terms of their childhood, but in Christine's part it's a lot more subtle then Raoul's part of the song. I'm probably reading too much into it, but I can see Christine reminiscing as she's singing that song.

_________________
Rudolf-Elisabeth Forum Cast 2010
Ensemble-Sweeney Todd Forum Cast 2008

Previous Role(s): Huckster *Halloween Tour*
Upcoming Role(s): Unknown


Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:21 am
Profile WWW
Tony Winner
Tony Winner

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:17 pm
Posts: 283
Post 
I agree - it's not going too far beyond the material to say that the reason Christine's performance of that song is such a success is that she relates the subject matter to herself and Raoul. Raoul's intervention invites us to make that connection.

In response to Duchess's original question, I'd say "none": the mood is primarily wistful. ALW does "wistful" well (and frequently).

_________________
Blessed are those who go in circles, for they shall be called "wheels".


Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:18 pm
Profile
Tony Winner
Tony Winner

Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2004 11:35 pm
Posts: 355
Location: Singapore
Post 
I get the sense that this song might have a dual meaning.
I think that Christine might be singing to Raoul as we see him in the box towards the end of the song. It might probably be the first fruit of their romance and blossoming love.
However, I'm sure that it has a purpose to serve the scene as Christine steps in for Carlotta. So it's OK for her to sound nervous and tentative, even halting at times, as she lives in terror of her teacher (i.e. Phantom.)


Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:53 am
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 7 posts ] 



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.