Monday, February 15, 2016

Musical journey (67)

Mummy's whirlwind Melbourne trip has ended and it was a great Chinese New Year week spent with her. Now that she's gone I have to start sorting out my own stuff before I head off to the remote mountains again and one item on my to-do list is to make a new musical post. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is one of my most loved movies and it being a musical is not a coincidence. I believe if done properly (unlike a lot of cheesy ones), the songs from musicals can really immerse you much deeper into the plot.

I watched this movie for the first time many years ago in the cinema during my university exchange in Sydney when I was still grappling with coming out issues and had the "daddy complex". That was when I constantly wished for a daddy figure in my life (my own passed away when I was eight) and hence the section of the plot about not having a good father really spoke to me (which is also the reason why I am so close to my mum). Nowadays I still go for daddies but I no longer have the complex which overlaps the need for fatherly love and sexual intimacy. Instead I do it purely for carnal gratification (hehe). Come to think of it, maybe my sexual attraction to daddies stems from a lack of a father figure during my adolescent years... Whatever the case, it is now pointless to delve into the causes anyway so let's just move on to this month's musical sharing.

I have done a cover of my favourite song in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" called "The Origin of Love". The animation and imagery that came with the song along with its extremely meaningful lyrics won me over and for a brief moment back in 2001, I did think that that could be the true origin of love after all. I wish the director (John Cameron Mitchell) would make more movies as I also enjoyed his "Shortbus" tremendously. So here's my take on this excellent song and I hope I have done it justice.


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