Most of my regular readers know I’m a big fan of Dolly Parton, P!ATD, Black Eyed Peas, and PP&M. So, you might be wondering, “Ada, how on earth did Josh Groban get into your playlist?” Well, it’s pretty simple: I was working on a post about ridiculously sad songs when I realized that I could make an entire entry based on Groban’s wailing.
So, without further delay, here is a playlist of Groban’s most tear-jerking songs. FYI, I put the best one at the end of the list.
The first song is “You and I” from a rehearsal for a benefit performance of the musical Chess. It’s one of those heart-breaking love songs from an obscure musical that’s rarely performed because it’s subject matter is wholly obsolete. Until we are in a cold war situation with Russia, I doubt we’ll see many revivals of this musical. Also, you have to find someone who can sing like Josh Groban to pull it off.
Here’s Groban’s duet with broadway empress Sarah Brightman, whose piercing voice will send shivers up and down your spine. They are singing a song from Phantom of the Opera, which my master told me is on his list of least favorite musicals evar. In the video below, Josh looks like he is on this planet. Brightman? Not so much. But then again, her voice is the most unearthly I’ve ever heard.
Keeping with our themes of wailing, duets, and musicals, here is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. Josh pairs up with another ethereal woman, Mireille Mathieu. I have no clue what television show this is from, or who Ms. Mathieu is, but it does not look like either is based out of the the USA. Check it out:
Here’s one of my seriously favorite musicians, Ben Folds, teaming up with Groban to sing “Still Fighting It” at the Hollywood Palladium a few years back. It’s great stuff, although the audio is a bit tweaked and, on a laptop, you might want to lower the volume.
Finally, what would be the best way to end a post about Josh Groban? Nothing less than Groban teamed up with Ellen on “Total Eclipse of the Heart”! Need I say more?