In this tribute to a favourite musical theatre production, Les Miserables, Canadian musician Allison Crowe performs Fantine's "I Dreamed a Dream" (words and music by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg) in concert.
Crowe's live recording of this song - http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/i... - is on her double-album (two-CD) set "Live at Wood Hall" - a collection which journeys through the artist's concert repertoire. It's recorded with a simple clarity in the converted chapel of Victoria (B.C.)'s Conservatory of Music.
Alongside more than an album's worth of original songs of love and hope, social and political conscience, and real beauty, Allison covers cherished favourites - including Ani DiFranco ("Independence Day"), Counting Crows ("A Murder of One"), Tori Amos ("Playboy Mommy"), Janis Joplin ("Me and Bobby McGee"), and John Lennon ("Imagine"). Colours in the artist's musical palette range from roots & blues, through folk, pop/rock, jazz and Broadway. There's even a tradtional Irish aire, "Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms)", sung acapella.
US music blog Muruch loves this distinctive take on the Les Miz tune, which can be heard in so many different voices. Calling it the "definitive cover" Muruch says: "Here Allison Crowe once again proves that there is no song too great for her powerful voice to conquer. Her vocals on 'I Dreamed A Dream' are especially potent and moving. As with her cover of 'Hallelujah', she seems to put every fiber of her being into the song and it's an awe inspiring thing to hear."
Photos of Allison Crowe live on stage are by Billie Woods.
I Dreamed A Dream - Lyrics
Words & Music by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg
As performed by Allison Crowe
There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong
I dreamed a dream in days gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted
But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame
He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when Autumn came
And still I dream he'd come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this Hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.