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17 November 2011 @ 10:28 pm
Bp's Song of the Week #134: Rob Evan "This is the Moment" (live) + Bp's Moving Along  
Moving Along:
Well time just spins by so quickly doesn't it? I had this written up, almost complete, about 10 days ago, but for one reason or another never found the time to get it finished and out the email door. And now it seems a bit more poignant.

As many of your know, but some of you don't, yesterday was my last day at Trans World/fye.com. Tuesday was my 12-year anniversary and I never thought I'd see the day where I voluntarily left the industry that I loved so much. But from somewhat out of the blue I was pitched an offer a couple weeks ago that I couldn't refuse and while my head knew the decision needed to be made, my heart took longer to decide. Strangely enough it was the next night, while sitting in a movie theater watching the new Rush live release on the big screen that I was flooded with thoughts and emotions. I realized that since the age of 7, I was hooked by that Canadian band who had been the catalyst for so many friendships and special moments. I was as passionate about music before Trans World, and even before my Program Director days at WRHO, heck, I was one of the only kids in my school who knew who Aldo Nova, who knew Phil Collins was a drummer, who wore Beatles t-shirts in 7th grade, etc. The job didn't define the music in me, did it enhance it, absolutely, but the music will always be in me.

So I'm off on a new adventure which started today, but the Song of the Week will remain! It will be coming from this email address - which is my main email at this point - so please keep in touch!

And without further ado...here's what I typed up and have been sitting on.......

The Song of the Week:
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to see my favorite male vocalist, Rob Evan, in a small theater. Rob held down the dual role of Jekyll & Hyde for hundreds of performances on Broadway, as well as performing in Les Miserables, The Lion King, and others. His group Menrva Realm delivered my favorite album of last year, he’s developed shows merging the likes of classic rock and Broadway, and he’s also toured with that little group I’m fond of, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

This was my first time seeing Rob solo. He was presenting a Broadway-heavy set list that included classics from The Music Man, The Civil War, Jekyll & Hyde, Carousel, Phantom, and more, as well as popular songs from Billy Joel, Josh Groban, and The Beatles.

He opened the show with the song that he is most associated with, from the Jekyll & Hyde show, “This is the Moment.” It was a stunning performance of a song I’d heard countless times, but with Rob’s voice and Jeremy Roberts on piano in that intimate theater, it took flight. Unfortunately, my camera was just back from being repaired and was set on single-mode focus instead of continuous-mode focus and the video is blurry throughout, but the audio is clean. And beautiful! I knew I was blowing the video but didn’t dare change setting mid-song for fear of ruining capturing the magic. It’s seemingly effortless, so natural, and the last note is just brilliant. A perfect cap to a beautifully stunning performance.

Rob Evan "This is the Moment" (live)



This is the moment
This is the day
When I send all my doubts and my demons on their way
Every endeavor I have made ever, is coming into play, is here and now, today

This is the moment
This is the time
When the momentum and the moment are in rhyme
Give me this moment, this precious chance, I’ll gather up my past and make some sense at last

This is the moment
When all I’ve done
All of the dreaming, scheming and screaming, become one
This is the day, see it sparkle and shine, when all I’ve lived for becomes mine

For all these years I faced the world alone
And now the time has come to prove to them I might make it on my own
This is the moment
My final test, destiny beckoned, I never reckoned second best
I won’t look down, I will not fall
This is the moment, the sweetest moment of them all

This is the moment!
Damn all the odds
This day or never
I’ll sit forever with the gods

When I look back
I will always recall
Moment for moment
This was the moment
The greatest moment of them all



More Rob Evan:
Tell My Father/Sarah (from The Civil War)
Ya Got Trouble (from Music Man)
Menrva Realm “Draumatized”