June 21st, 2009
|01:23 am - A MEAL FIT FOR A KING|
On Friday, I got to be a rockstar... for about an hour.
My extremely talented friend Cynthia Ignacio is writing a musical called Rock God Opera, an homage to the famous Greek legend of Orpheus. She's updated the ancient myth to modern times, envisioning the Underworld to be populated by dead rock stars. One of the most famous is, of course, Elvis.
In Dante's "Inferno," Hell is divided into several rings, one of which is the Hell of the Gluttons. In the world of Rock God Opera, Elvis is the leader of the Gluttons, who are cannibals that feed on failed rock stars. The song he sings to Orpheus (aboard a doomed tour bus to the Underworld, in lieu of a riverboat) is darkly satirical, sort of a cross between Elvis, Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas, and Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors.
I was very honored that she asked me to sing the demo track for this song, which you can listen to by clicking here. The music is by the awesome Timo Chen, with lyrics by Cynthia.
Be sure to check out Cynthia's "Rock God Opera" Blog, which chronicles her ongoing journey to get the show produced, as well as some more really incredible concept art for all of the characters. Don't miss Cynthia's online portfolio, either -- she's done some really amazing work over the years in theme parks (most notably Men In Black: Alien Attack with me) and animation (like The Lion King, Teen Titans & Jackie Chan Adventures).
|Date:||June 21st, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)|| |
You sound awesome! We're rocking out here before we go to bed.
|Date:||June 21st, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)|| |
I love the evil laugh at the end!
Heh. :) Thanks -- he had a BEEE-YOUTIFUL mic that was picking up all kinds of subtleties and sub-harmonic stuff if I sang real close into it, so we had a great time finding its sweet spot.
Wow! Nice job - I'm impressed. Have you done this sort of thing before? Oh, and by the way, the lyrics are brilliant as well. Sounds like it will be a fun and totally bizarre show.
Grew up in a singing household -- my dad had a beautiful untrained italian tenor, and would putter around the house singing all the time, so I thought everyone did it. I never had ANY shame singing in the shower or singing in the car -- whenever I get "caught" at stoplights I sing louder :)
Did some musical theater in school. Sang with the Gay Men's Chorus of LA for about five or six years, too.
That's very cool. I wasn't sure what to expect since I hadn't seen any previous indications of this talent (in the 9 months I've known you online) but I've got say you got skillz.
Oh, the Elvis parallel was pretty obvious but I definitely got the Oogie Boogie vibe. I could clearly picture you singing it while wearing a glow-in-the-dark burlap sack. :-)
|Date:||June 21st, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)|| |
I know I've said this at least once before (after playing Singstar or Rock Band or something like that with you) but you have a phenomenal voice... just one of your myriad talents!
*throws hotel room key card up on the stage*
Edited at 2009-06-21 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thankyew, momma. Can you bring up some fluffer nutters? Thankyew, thankyew verymuch.
I just saw ROCK GOD OPERA (the reading) today. I was surprised to see your name in the program... your vocals, in context with the play just blew me away. I've known Cynthia for a while and saw Rock God Opera developed from it's inception about three years ago. It's almost ready... it just too bad that they won't have you to play Elvis.