Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again- Incredible Movie & Music

Saturday, July 28, 2018, I went to see the movie Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. I liked it very much. Having heard the soundtrack before watching the movie, I enjoyed the songs even more. The choreography and the tunes performed in the film made it visually pleasing. However, there was only one song that I didn’t hear in the movie, which was The Day Before You Came performed by Meryl Streep. That didn’t affect the film in any way.

The songs complement the movie and advance the story in a smooth rhythm. The order of the tunes in the film is the same as on the soundtrack. It was one thing to hear Cher singing. It was another to see her make her first appearance in the movie. She makes a spectacular entrance. I can’t imagine otherwise. Her voice is powerful and unforgettable. I loved her performance of Fernando with Andy Garcia. The colourful fireworks in the background worked with the song perfectly. Another musical performance I enjoyed was Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper’s version of One of Us, especially how the way they edited that segment. My favourite performance was Lily James and castmates’ version of When I Kissed the
Teacher. It was funny. I was excited when I saw one of the members of the original Abba group Björn Ulvaeus.

In some scenes, I heard the music of some of the other classic Abba hits such as Chiquitita, S.O.S, Mamma Mia, etc. The music was in the background, but impossible to miss.

It was an incredible movie!! I felt like getting up and dance the music is that good.

Watch the movie, when you have a chance. Beautiful story and fantastic music. Enjoy!


Single Saturdays: Ragheb Alama-Elli Baana

Ragheb Alama has released a new single entitled “Elli Baana” ( The one who sold us out)*. It’s a song for the Summer season for Arabic music.
It’s a song about a guy, post-break-up realizes that the girl leaving him turns out to be a good thing for him.

The lyrics are straightforward and explain precisely how the man feels about the break-up. He’s upset, but also relieved that he no longer has to deal with the drama of his ex. He says in the song that he locked the door, which is a symbol of closure from his past. He mentions how the woman he loved was in a heavenly relationship but didn’t see it, and she caused grief.* The language is rich and well structured. The tune has a smooth flow from verses to the chorus to the musical segments.

The music is an excellent fusion of Arabic music with Western-style Pop music. Ragheb Alama’s voice follows the flow of the music very well. The rhythm is at the right tempo with a well-done composition. It’s a song that has a dance beat to it. The song ends with the title of the song sung in a fade.

*The translation or understanding of the lyrics is approximate and interpreted by the blogger.



Soundtrack Saturdays: Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!

Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again came out in theatres July 20, 2018, The soundtrack is now available, and I enjoyed it very much. It was especially fun to hear Cher singing Fernando. What a voice!

Some of the classics such as Mamma Mia, Waterloo, and One of Us have a modified beat. It has a contemporary feel to it. There are also some songs that I had not heard of like Angel Eyes and When I Kissed the Teacher. It inspires to listen to the original version from Abba albums. I grew up listening to Abba, because of my family, especially my mom. It was hard, at first, to imagine the music with a different rhythm from the original versions. However, after listening to them again and again, I heard the homage to Abba, even if the beat is slightly different.

The actors’ performances of the songs are well-done. Lily James’s voice is especially incredible. She sings the most in the album, which makes senses because she plays young Donna, whose past we learn about in the movie. It was a joy to hear Cher singing songs from Abba. She’s a fantastic artist. Her voice is powerful and unforgettable, as always. The actors’ voices compliment each other nicely.

I haven’t seen the movie yet. I look forward to seeing it, especially hearing the classic hits of Abba. I would like to listen to the songs in the context of the film to have a better feel to these fantastic tunes.

My favourite songs from the soundtrack are Waterloo ( Lilly James & Hugh Skinner), Fernando (Cher & Andy Garcia) I Have a Dream ( Lilly James), Dancing Queen, and Super Trouper.




Single Saturdays: L’Isle & D R M S “La Vague”

Canadian singer L’isle has released a new single “La Vague” (The Wave) in a duet with DRMS. L’isle is the new artist name for Ariane Brunet. “La Vague” is a metaphor to describe the intensity of love.

The story is about a couple overcoming the obstacles that they face in their relationship. Sometimes, the barriers are within us, which is the case in the second verse. True love can handle anything that comes its way.
The chorus consists of a sentence repeated four times, which gives it an interesting poetic effect. The ocean is significant because it’s vast, just like the endless amount of possibilities.

The music has a well-done dance beat, and one can hear it anywhere, anytime. That is rare for me to say. It can work for DJs also. L’isle’s voice is soft and consistent. Her singing has rap-like rhythm or even sounds like people who recite poems at a club. The musical style of this song is a step in a different direction from L’isle’s previous material. I look forward to hearing more of this new beat in the future.

Single Saturdays: Wilfred Le Bouthillier “J’attendrai”

Wilfred Le Bouthillier has released a new single entitled “J’attendrai” (I will wait for you). It’s his first single for his album coming out this Fall. It’s a poetic song about a man waiting for his love to come home.

Wilfred Le Bouthillier uses figurative language to describe how he feels. He compares love to a burning feeling inside. His soul and skin are on fire, figuratively. He explains how he’d like for the flame of desire to continue burning. He also uses metaphors such as a reference to being the wind that will be a guide for his significant other in their journey. The lyrics have a lovely and smooth rhythm. The same thing applies to the music. Love is a journey, which is a theme in this song.

The music reminds me of his 2013 album entitled “Je Poursuis Ma Route” ( I follow the road). It’s a mix of folk & pop. The guitar/banjo in the background compliments the song nicely. One can hear this tune that can while on a road trip. His voice is in sync with the music.

Wilfred Le Bouthillier’s voice is harmonious and smooth. Incredible as always!

Single Saturdays: Jonny Zywiciel “Make You Shine”

Jonny Zywiciel’s latest single “Make You Shine” is a song that compliments the lovely Summer season. It’s romantic and sweet.

The tune is about a guy trying to cheer up his significant other, bringing up her confidence. He sounds deep in love and happy. He’s doing what he can to prove that his love is genuine and the person he loves is incredible.

The music is impressive as always. The presence of the guitar is a trademark for Jonny Zywiciel. I love the beat, which has a Summer feel to it. It’s also impressive how he experiments his voice. It blends into the background smoothly and seamlessly. He’s bold and creative. The song reminds me of another single of his entitled Back to Bliss, especially the chorus. However, the beat of Make You Shine is a bit slower than Back to Bliss. His music is incredible and continues to be impressive.

Check out his out latest single on various music streaming sites. Enjoy!