My Top 10 Inspiring Broadway Musical Songs – Week 2

Mar 22

My Top 10 Inspiring Broadway Musical Songs – Week 2

I’ve enjoyed plays and musicals for a long time, but it wasn’t until I started watching Glee that I was really introduced to musical theater – the stories and the lyrics to the songs. I have to credit Glee for introducing me to these songs and their inspirational messages, but now that I know they’re out there I’m looking for more. For the next 10 weeks I’ll be sharing my favorite inspirational songs from musicals – the stage or the movie version if that’s the one I know.

Week 1 – I am the Greatest Star (Funny Girl)

This week will showcase one of my favorite songs that I first heard on Glee as a duet between Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Lea Michele (Rachel). I haven’t seen the play Wicked, and even though I’m familiar with the story I’m not sure where the song fits into the play, so this is completely based on my own interpretation of the song and how it’s inspired me.

Something has changed within me

Something is not the same

I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game

Too late for second guessing

Too late to go back to sleep

It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap

It’s time to try defying gravity

I think I’ll try defying gravity

And you can’t pull me down (Glee lyrics say “And You Won’t Bring Me Down”)

I love this song – all of it, not just this verse – because to me it’s all about going after what you want. There are always going to be people on the sidelines who says, “You can’t.” And I have to turn my back on those people and say, “I can.” It’s scary to take that leap and not know if there’s anything to catch you. The song means so much to me personally because it’s finally saying, “Take that chance. Leap. You don’t know what will happen.”

Will you take the leap and defy gravity? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

I’ve shared both versions of the song I found on You Tube – the version from the play with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth and the Glee version that I heard first.


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