Music Monday, The Greatest Show, The Greatest Showman, Zac Efron Musical

Music Monday and we look at The Greatest Show song from from The Greatest Showman musical featuring Zac Efron.

“The Greatest Show” is a truly inspirational song about recognizing one’s true passions, ceasing any false pretends and showing your true self and what makes yourself tick. Following one’s dreams takes courage as you never know where it might lead you, but it most definitely is empowering and intoxicating.

“The Greatest Show” is powerfully performed by Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Keala Settle, Zendaya, and The Greatest Showman Ensemble in the beginning and ending of “The Greatest Showman”.

[Hugh Jackman:]
(Whoa) colossal we come these renegades in the ring
(Whoa) where the lost get found and we crown them the circus kings

[Ensemble and Hugh Jackman:]
Don’t fight it, it’s coming for you, running at ya
It’s only this moment, don’t care what comes after
It’s blinding, outshining anything that you know
Just surrender ’cause you’re calling and you wanna go

Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, intoxicating you
Oh, this is the greatest show
We light it up, we won’t come down
And the sun can’t stop us now
Watching it come true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show

[Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle:]
It’s everything you ever want
It’s everything you ever need
And it’s here right in front of you
This is where you wanna be (this is where you wanna be)
It’s everything you ever want
It’s everything you ever need
And it’s here right in front of you
This is where you wanna be
This is where you wanna be

[Ensemble, Zac Efron, Keala Settle, Zendaya and Hugh Jackman:]
Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show

We light it up, we won’t come down
And the sun can’t stop us now
Watching it come true, it’s taking over you

[Zac Efron:]
This is the greatest show
[Ensemble:]
Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show
We light it up, we won’t come down
And the walls can’t stop us now
I’m watching it come true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show

[Zac Efron and Zendaya:]
‘Cause everything you want is right in front of you
And you see the impossible is coming true
And the walls can’t stop us (now) now, yeah

This is the greatest show (oh!)
This is the greatest show ”

“The Greatest Show” lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. “The Greatest Show” lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

Single from The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Music composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

More Music Monday posts:

Music Monday: Halloween Special 🎃 Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight

Music Monday 🌍 Toto – Africa, soft-rock, jazz-fusion

Music Monday 🌍 Toto – Africa, soft-rock, jazz-fusion

Music Monday 🌍 Toto – Africa, soft-rock, jazz-fusion via @PatFurstenberg, #musicmonday #rock #fusion #jazz #marimba #Africa

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

Toto’s Africa is a wonderful song describing the African’s love for their continent.  The use of local instruments such a marimbas and drums with their constant rhythm adds to the feeling of belonging. You have to witness the long, dry months of African winter and its effect on people’s and animal’s lives to grasp the true meaning of

“I bless the rains down in Africa.”

Enjoy!

“I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She’s coming in twelve-thirty flight
Her moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me toward salvation

I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say,
“Hurry, boy, it’s waiting there for you.”

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what’s right
Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

I seek to cure what’s deep inside
Frightened of this thing that I’ve become

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

“Hurry, boy, she’s waiting there for you.”

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had”

“Africa” lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. “Dancing In The Moonlight” lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

Artist, Producer: Toto

Single: Toto IV

Recorded: October 18, 1981

Genre: Soft rock, Jazz fusion

Label: Columbia

Songwriters: David Paich, Jeff Porcaro

Do you have a song that conjures to you a country or an area?

Music Monday, Halloween Special 🎃 Toploader, Dancing in the Moonlight

Music Monday: Halloween Special 🎃 Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight #MusicMonday #Halloween #PopRock

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

What better what to kick start this new blog feature but with a song that always, always seems to cheer me up. Enjoy!

Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight

“We get it almost every night
When that moon is big and bright
It’s a supernatural delight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Everybody here is out of sight
They don’t bark and they don’t bite
They keep things loose, they keep ’em tight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

We like our fun and we never fight
You can’t dance and stay uptight
It’s a supernatural delight
Everybody was dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

We get in almost every night
And when that moon is big and bright
It’s a supernatural delight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight”

Toploader lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. “Dancing In The Moonlight” lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

Artist: Toploader
Album: Onka’s Big Moka
Released: 1999
Genre: Pop rock
Nominations: Brit Award for British Single, Brit Award for British Video
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Do you have a song you just know it will cheer you up?

Inaugural South African Indie Film Festival Sets the Bar

SA Indie Film Fest 2018 entry ticket - courtesy http://saindiefilmfest.co.za/

Writing about the Inaugural South African Indie Film Festival was such a thrill, I am so proud of these guys and of their achievements!

Local IS Lekker!

SA Indie Film Fest 2018 entry ticket - courtesy http://saindiefilmfest.co.za/
Inaugural South African Indie Film Festival Sets the Bar

SA Indie Film Fest 2018 entry ticket – courtesy SAIFF

The Rainbow Nation, South Africa, has given the world the iconic, inspirational spirit of Nelson Mandela and the voice of Miriam Makeba; the talent and gorgeous looks of Charlize Theron and the spirited and witty Trevor Noah.

Drenched by the southern sun and bathed by two oceans, the South African spirit is forever replenished — this time, to give the world a blend of breathtaking scenery and dynamic, independent filmmakers. The inaugural South African Independent Film Festival (SAIFF) is a fresh platform for both emerging and experienced filmmakers, local and international.

The 2018 South African Independent Film Festival on May 24 celebrated some of the very best independent film from the world stage. SA Indie Film Festival aims to give a platform to the vibrant and diverse artists working in independent film today. (SAIFF Press Release)

With screenings taking place at the historic Labia Theatre — home of independent cinema in Cape Town — South Africa’s first Indie Film Festival showcased 22 short films, documentaries, music videos and even VR films from all around the world, from Belgium to South Africa.

The international panel of judges featured renowned South African and international industry professionals including actor Sean Cameron Michael (“Blood Drive”, “Black Sails”), actor Brandon Auret (“District 9”, “Chappie”, “Elysium”), director Ryan Kruger (“Doomsday”; musician; conceptual shooting style), lead singer of Prime Circle Ross Learmonth, actor/singer Steve Wall (“Vikings”, “Rebellion”, “Silent Witness”) as well as DOP Roy Zetisky and actor Joe Vaz (“Dredd”, “10,000 B.C.”).

Read my full article on the Huffington Post SA here.

Huffington Post SA
HuffPostSA

My thanks go to James C. Williamson for his time and wonderful support in writing about the SA Indie Film Fest.

Art Vibes Exhibition by Heinrich Pelser, Live Performance by Lily and Bear, Ice Cream from Legendairy @ Leaky Tap Craft Exchange

Art Vibes Exhibition,Heinrich Pelser, Lily and Bear

Prepare to be spellbound by the Art Vibes Exhibition of Heinrich Pelser and a Live Performance by Lily and Bear.

What is better to do on a rainy summer’s day in Pretoria than to visit a cutting-edge art exhibition, listen to great live music, enjoy home-made  gelato and smash a Leaky Tap Golden Ale while having a relaxed conversation with interesting people?



Heinrich Pelser
is an accomplished South African musician and a much treasured music teacher. A classical guitarist by training and a rock player at heart, his first art exhibition, Art Vibes, explored the connection between art and technology in a modern world. Just like through his music, Heinrich effortlessly communicates playful and optimistic ideas, backed by what appears to be graphic simplicity. Heinrich has offered us the gift of a true artist, as the many layers of work and thought transpire in each and every one of his creations. Each piece of art on display vibrates with a story to tell; some by the use of lines and shadows, some featuring brightly colored shapes that kindles the art, giving it an impression of movement.

DoctorPatrickAdvisesAnOldManAboutElvisBird, Heinrich Pelser
DoctorPatrickAdvisesAnOldManAboutElvisBird, Heinrich Pelser

Heinrich’s art is definitely perceived in a different light if you have the chance to listen to Heinrich the musician in a live performance together with his talented and beautiful wife Bianca, as Lily and Bear. Bianca’s refined and velvety voice blends to perfection with Heinrich’s classical guitar tunes, just as their personalities do, on and off the stage.

Lily and Bear
Lily and Bear

I had the great pleasure of asking Heinrich and Bianca a few questions. Here’s our chat on art, music, family and dreams.

Pat: Who is Heinrich Pelser and what would he normally be doing on a rainy Saturday morning?
Heinrich
(inward smile): I am quite the day dreamer, imagining myself in various scenarios all the time, from being on stage with my friends at massive venues to thinking what a dragon would say if he had to be in a musical production. Rainy Saturday mornings will have me drinking coffee and being busy with preparing food. I love to write songs and draw when the weather is gloomy, but my wife’s influence also has me watching movies when the thunder comes for a visit.(he hugs Bianca)
Bianca (with her warm, glowing smile): What he means to say is that I make him watch more television than he wants to! 😊

Pat: How do you balance art, music and your teaching job?
Heinrich:
I feel it comes quite easy and as a necessity as well, diverting my mind and helping me to not fall into a routine rut. Teaching helps me tremendously because kids have pure and colorful minds that aids me with ideas and also to break the loneliness one can fall into while drawing or writing music alone for hours on end.

Pat: Tell us about the media you use.
Heinrich (his fingers seem to have picked up an imaginary pen): I feel the media guides my style. With pen drawings the type of ink has a massive influence over the type of hatching I would use and the length of my lines. With digital drawing I took to the pen fairly easy and various programs have me apply different techniques. The tablet allows me the freedom to draw absolutely anywhere and that is super for when inspiration comes.

Pat: What is your creative process like?
Heinrich: I draw a lot in my classroom at school in between lessons and then I will take ideas home and finish them on the patio outside. I love late evenings and listening to music while I do creative things. There are guitars nearby almost always so If my mind throws a lyric at me I would put that idea down. Whatever I feel the vibe for I would do, I never force myself to finish a certain idea if I am not in the groove to do so.
Bianca (excited): It is amazing and very inspiring to see Heinrich while he is drawing or writing/composing. The creative process totally encompasses him and he gets in the flow very easily.

Pat: As a musician, you can take your guitar with you everywhere you go. Has this proximity influenced your choice of medium used in your art?
Heinrich (nods while his fingers seem to drum a little tune) : It has indeed. I always carry small sketch-pads with me so quite a few of my drawings are rather small. The digital medium changed that due to the fact that I can store any canvas size on my tablet. It is different not to see the big picture when you step back but that is part of the fun waiting for the large prints to arrive at the print store.

Pat: How has this art exhibition come to life? Who supported you?
Heinrich: Friso Woudstra and I were having a beer after a band meeting at Craft Exchange where he is an owner. The conversation steered in the direction of an art exhibition and I started planning. My father Willem was instrumental in everything, his arm was in a sling but he helped me with all the logistics and to build the various crazy things we attempted to have a decent display area. My friend Brenton Watt at Brand Inventors helped me with the UV printing for the bigger pieces I had on display and our experiments ended up being some of the key pieces on display. My wife is a legend and she drives me to do things a bit better every time. She is a beast when it comes to events so her planning skills and helping hands is an absolute blessing.(winks at Bianca).

Pat: What is the coolest part about being an artist and a musician?
Heinrich: The fact that they feed on one another so well. Music can also be a visual medium that creates images with sounds in the mind of the listener. I think over the years the two amalgamated for me personally and in many aspects they cannot be separated.

The Indulged Man, Heinrich Pelser
The Indulged Man, Heinrich Pelser

Pat: Which artwork is your favorite and why?
Heinrich: The Indulged Man is probably my favorite. I drew this at school so it was my first big project and it taught me so much of my own style and mind. I have fond memories of drawing this at my Mom’s dining table while listening to the radio.
Bianca: I remember seeing one of Heinrich’s artworks up on the wall of the art class in high school. It moved me deeply and I had, up until that point, never seen anything quite like it. The intricacy with which he composed that piece and the amount of detail he put into every square centimeter was just amazing. He was the first graphic artist at our school and inspired me to major in that medium as well. I don’t think he has that piece anymore. My favorite work at the moment is Whaleybubsinthecity.

Whaleybubsinthecity, Heinrich Pelser
Whaleybubsinthecity, Heinrich Pelser

Pat: What’s next for Heinrich Pelser?
Heinrich: I will keep on building my repertoire of songs and artworks. At the moment I am focused on creating and with the December holidays coming up I have ample time to create and consume fresh ideas and moments to feed me for another year.

Thank you, Heinrich and Bianca, for great art, good music and great company. I left Heinrich’s Art Vibes Exhibition with the enlightened feeling that anything is possible  when one works hard, believes in one’s dreams and, yes, perhaps, “with a little help from my friends”.

Quick links to contact Heinrich Pelser:

Heinrich Pelser on Instagram

Heinrich Pelser on Facebook

Heinrich Pelser on YouTube

You can buy Lily and Bear music here (CD baby, ITunes, Spotify)

Lily and Bear on Facebook

Many thank to our sponsors and friends 🙂

Thank you Friso Woudstra @ Leaky Tap Beer on Tap

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Creamy Espresso, bursting with the flavor of freshly ground coffee,  smooth Chocolate, as sinful as a chocolate custard and fresh Blueberry that bursts with the flavor of the fresh fruits!

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Thank you Brentonn Watt at Brand Inventors.

You will also enjoy: Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel) with Lily & Bear @lilyandbearmusic