In our family, we have always been big fans of musicals. Growing up, I participated in many both in school and in the community. Participating in musicals as a youth was one of the things that helped shape me into the person I am today. I realized I enjoyed not just playing piano and singing, but doing so on stage telling wonderful stories. It helped me branch out and do something a little scary, yet incredibly rewarding. It inspired me to want to continue with music for the rest of my life.
Since college and kids, I no longer have the time I used to to participate musicals. But we still enjoy watching them when we can, whether on stage or at the movies. And “The Greatest Showman” was one of the biggest surprises for me when I saw it at the end of last year. I knew very little going into it, other than it had Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman, the former I chuckled at when I watched the previews due to High School Musical pre-conceptions, and the latter I admired as an actor, dancer, singer, and performer. It was reason enough to get me out to see it.
And WOW! I was BLOWN AWAY!
Even for critically acclaimed award winning broadway musicals, most of the songs are great, some are AMAZING, and there’s always a few that are “filler” songs, and forgettable. You buy the CD so you can hear them again, remember the AMAZING songs, learning all the words, sing along to the great songs, and skip over the forgettable ones.
For The Greatest Showman, every single song was AMAZING. Are some more amazing than others? Yes, absolutely. But each one was written in a way that I don’t ever find my self wondering “wait, how did that song go?” I know. Because each song was catchy, memorable, and profound.
Of all of the AMAZING music from The Greatest Showman, there’s one that stands out, mainly because my 5 year old daughter Zoe enjoys singing it with me. “A Million Dreams” not only has a great piano melody, catchy tune, and profound message, it’s also relatable to me. And Zoe. When Zoe goes to bed at night, it takes her a long time to unwind. Her mind just doesn’t stop at night. Our boys after about 20 minutes are zonked out. Not Zoe. Sometimes she is up for hours reading, humming to herself, or finding some reason to come out of her room to ask us something she’s thinking about.
I may fall asleep faster than Zoe does, but my mind is also constantly thinking about the million dreams and things I want to do with my life. And it’s been fun to share one of those dreams with Zoe, singing with her and sharing that music.
Enjoy our latest music video, “A Million Dreams.”