Ariana Grande’s Problem in 20 Different Styles!

So a while ago, I wrote this post about Katy Perry’s Dark Horse covered in 20 different styles by Ten Second Songs.

Well, here’s the same guy doing it all over again – except this time with Ariana Grande’s song ‘Problem.’

My favourites this time round are: Elvis Presley, The B-52s, Green Day (which is spot on!), Gregorian Chant (teehee, unexpected!), The Andrews Sisters, and James Brown (who I haven’t actually heard of before).

The only ‘problem’ with this cover is whenever the original song comes on the radio, I always expect it shift styles after the first couple of lines! :mrgreen:

Happy Monday! :)

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Aladdin Medley by Nick Pitera

So while I’m waiting for Beauty and the Beast to return to a stage near me, I also wait in anticipation for this:

Disney’s Aladdin has a broadway show now?! This is truly amazing! I really hope it makes its way over to the UK soon.

The video above is a medley of the Aladdin Broadway songs, sung as a one-man tribute by the talented Nick Pitera. And he is purely exploding with talent!

It’s only a shame that he won’t be on stage as one of the characters. He would make an awesome Aladdin, Jafar or Genie. And in my opinion, the Genie is a hard character to pull off – especially when it comes to singing ‘Friend Like Me’ – but Mr Nick ‘Disney-Voice’ Pitera does it perfectly! He belongs in at least one Disney film / stage show.

I’ll be waiting for you, Disney’s Aladdin UK tour :)

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Everyone Loves A Great Villain

” A hero’s a hero, but everyone loves a great villain.” – Ferb, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb

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How very true.

I can think of many villains I grew to love… but why do we love villains so much?

I think the main reason is that the best villains have such a deep, usually emotionally scarring back-story. We’ve probably heard, somewhere or other, that evil isn’t born, it’s created. Heroes, of course, can also have an equally emotional back-story… but they managed to deal with it positively enough, to remain ‘good’. They’ve gone through the hurt, healed their wounds (as much as they can) and chosen to dedicate their life protecting others, so that nobody else has to feel the same pain that they went through.
The villain, however, has fallen into the side of ‘evil’… with the aim of causing hurt to everyone. And if you think about it, they’re actually still battling his back-story scars. Potentially, they haven’t gotten over whatever happened yet. And if a writer has chosen to expand on this battle, then this is what makes a villain so interesting and (gasp!) loveable.

Because the hero’s tragic past is just that… it’s in the past. But the villain is still battling on. We don’t connect to a ‘past’ emotional fight quite as much as a fight that’s happening right now, in front of our eyes, on screen. Even if we’re supposed to be watching the hero’s story, sometimes it’s the villain’s side that we are captivated by. We’re actually there fighting alongside the villain. We’re next to them as they deal with their pain and anger.

And somehow, that’s what makes them the most interesting.

Ultimately, hero or villain… we all love a character we can relate to :)

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No Memory That’s Okay To Forget

“I want to live with all my memories. Even if they’re bad memories. Even if they’re memories that only hurt me… that I’d rather forget. If I keep them and keep trying, without running away, then someday I’ll be strong enough that those memories can’t defeat me. I believe that because I want to think that there’s no such thing as a memory that’s okay to forget.”

-Momiji Sohma, Fruits Basket

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I live by a lot of Fruits Basket quotes. This is one of my very favourites.

There are some memories and experiences which perhaps we wish we could erase from our minds. If there was a ‘delete’ button in our memory, I’m sure many of us would like to use it at some point or another.

The memory is a strange and powerful thing. It knows we should forget about that green scarf our friend was wearing that one Tuesday two months ago. It knows to store the big details that matter to us, like the happy day we had with our family and friends, on that bright summer’s day or that snowy winter’s evening. It even knows to repress painful memories into the back of minds, away from our active thoughts, so we’re not constantly hurt. Isn’t that amazing? It knows how to protect us.

This quote really hits me because it tells us to make the most what we can’t control. Memories can’t be controlled. They can’t be easily forgotten. We can’t force them out. We can’t choose whether they should stay or go.

This quote tells us that every memory helps us grow. And I really think that’s true. Most of the time, we don’t even realise it. If we acknowledge this fact, I think it’s worth it. Even painful or sad memories can teach us something to help us become stronger.

We can’t control our memories… but we can grow from them :)

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Happy Father’s Day!

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- Not So Bad a Dad from Disney’s Phineas and Ferb

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We Don’t Like What We Don’t Understand

We don’t like what we don’t understand. In fact, it scares us. And this monster is mysterious at least! - The Mob Song, Beauty and the Beast

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I am still patiently waiting for the stage version of Beauty and the Beast to return to a theatre stage near me. :mrgreen:

How true you are again, Disney! I think this is line is beautiful. We don’t like what we don’t understand.

It really reflects today’s world and why so many people express disdain towards anything different or unusual. I suppose, perhaps, because we don’t know everything about it and it sort of confuses us, and we don’t like that it’s confusing us! We don’t like that there’s something that doesn’t fit with what we know or believe!

But most of the time, that ‘different’ isn’t causing any harm to us. Most of the time, ‘different’ is just busy being themselves. ‘Different’ might even be struggling with it, longing to break out of it. As humans and our thirst to continue forever learning, perhaps we should just open our minds and look at things from a new, non-doubting perspective.

Belle gave the Beast a chance, saw the other side of him and learned that he isn’t so scary.

And I’ve always said that the unusual can often be very inspiring :mrgreen:

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What Is Inside

“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” - the Merchant, Disney’s Aladdin

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In other words, don’t judge a book by its cover ;)

I think by nature, people find it easier to cast judgement on others purely from what they see on the outside. It’s the only thing they have to go by.

And it’s easy to forget that the outside isn’t the whole story. Appearances and even first impressions don’t tell us everything about a person.

If Aladdin taught us anything at all, it’s that we shouldn’t judge someone from what they look like or what we think we know about them. Until we actually get to know that person and their individual story, we really don’t know anything about them at all.

Like the movie says (and it’s one of my favourite metaphors!), that person could be a diamond in the rough… we just might not know it yet :)

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