Monday, 18 April 2011

O is for On my Own

Mrs RJR is away this week, she is organising a Stake Youth Convention, which basically means she is at a scout camp with a dozen other leaders and 60+ teenagers age 14-18. So today's post is in the hope of some for pity for me, but to be fair she might be the one deserving the most !

I am not totally alone, although both our eldest are at the camp our youngest, my fellow blogger Ruth, is not old enough to go, so is at home with me.

Now don't get me wrong, I am a thoroughly modern man, washing, ironing,cleaning and cooking hold no fears for moi ! The practicalities of being a single parent for the week don't scare at all, but even though I work on my own 8 hours a day normally, I'm not looking forward to quiet nights and an empty bed ! But such is life when your parted from one so close,even for a short time, we move on and overcome!!
Sat pondering the coming week a song kept coming into my head. Years ago when it was me that was away from home, Joanne wrote me a letter including the lyrics of this song and by changing it slightly from Male to Female it works well for how I feel today.

On My Own - Les Miserables

And now I'm all alone again nowhere to turn, no one to go to
without a home without a friend without a face to say hello to
And now the night is near
Now I can make believe she's here

Sometimes I walk alone at night
When everybody else is sleeping
I think of her and then I'm happy
With the company I'm keeping
The city goes to bed
And I can live inside my head

On my own
Pretending she's beside me
All alone
I walk with her till morning
Without her
I feel her arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And she has found me

In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is her and me forever and forever

And I know it's only in my mind
That I'm talking to myself and not to her
And although I know that she is blind
Still I say, there's a way for us

I love her
But when the night is over
she is gone
The river's just a river
Without her
The world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere
The streets are full of strangers

Les Miserables is probably my favourite stage show, Joanne saw it a couple of years after we were married and were captivated by it. We have always had  the music around, but this Christmas we got the DVD of the 25th Anniversary concert and now the kids rate it too.

The following clip is taken from the 10th anniversary concert of Les Miserables with the part of Eponine sung/played by Lea Salonga. Interestingly, if you're a fan of the musical, for the 25th anniversary concert Lea Salonga stars again but this time as Fantine.
Lea also provided the singing voices for 2 Disney films Aladin (Princess Jasmin) and Mulan (Fa Mulan)

Of course no blog that includes mention of Les Mis would be complete without a version of "Bring him home" and I cant decide whose version to include !! So lets start with the current star Alfie Boe.

But if you want to choose for yourself here is a quartet of all the past players

Colm Wilkinson (1985 Cast), John Owen-Jones (Barbican Company), Simon Bowman (Queen's Theatre Company) and Alfie Boe (25th Anniversary Company).

For me.... Colm Wilkinson will always be Valjean as we saw him live ! But oh my word, I defy anyone to listen to either of these two tracks in a quiet room and not get goose bumps !!!

Till tomorrow ....................and the letter P


Ruthie said...

HeHmmmm! Glad I got a mention though:) And we are at a stage show in a week, MAMMA MIA a week on Friday!!!! :D

Anonymous said...

You'll get through it, and oh, what a reunion you will have. Thanks for the concert.

Rae said...

It's very touching to hear how much you miss your wife...and remember that sometimes they like to be told that. Good luck this week!

Nate Wilson said...

I've never seen Les Mis, but that's okay, since I have most of the show ingrained in my brain thanks to the many many times my high school chamber orchestra played half the program with the choir. Our conductor wasn't big on variety.

And although it'll be sad to be without Mrs. RJR for a while, just think of all the blogging you can do!

M.J. Fifield said...

Oh, Les Mis. My favorite show ever. I was fortunate enough to see it on Broadway before it closed. On My Own is my favorite song from the show but Bring Him Home is right up there too.

Crystal Pistol said...

I love how romantic and tender you are. Reminds me of my own husband. Don't worry. she'll be home soon! Until then it's ok to eat cookies and doritos in the bed! Just be sure to wash out the crumbs before she returns. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Saw Les Miserables in England many years ago. And I hate it when my wife is gone as well!

Darlene said...

Oh how I love Les Mis! I got goosebumps on the first note that came out of Colm's mouth! Thanks for the mini concert. I get lonely when my Hubby has to be gone, too.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Powerful song-incredible play! Your wife is lucky to have such a romantic and devoted husband! Julie

Tracy said...

Awww, I feel your pain...I do not like when my hsband leaves and I am left on my own and like you, it's NOT that I'm incapable of fending for myself; it's like my appendage is cut off!
It shows how much we love....

JPooley said...

Hey Mr. Lonely, we were going to invite you and Ruth round for tea anyway, but as you're lonely would you like to come tomorrow or Wednesday?

Plain Jane said...

This blog began an hour long musical fest at our house...It was SO MUCH FUN. We don't get enough musicals here.

Nicole Mc said...

LOVED this. My husband and I are very close, and when we are apart it's rough. Really rough. In fact, any time I'm gone with other females they make fun of me about how often we call each other. Whatever, it makes me happy! :) Reunions are fun though. *wink*

Crystal Pistol said...

I have an Award for you if you want it! Love your blog!

It's The Versatile Blogger Award. :)

Come and get it (but if you dont want it that's cool too.) :)

alberta ross said...

well not having another half I'm not wasting any sympathy on your lone state - it's my idea of bliss !!! Have just spent an entertaining time (far to long, have things to do places to go etc) catching up on your past blogs - great job there have now clicked follow button (havent seen your daughters yet)

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