微风轻哨声声歌

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《微风轻哨》(whistle down the wind)是韦伯在九十年代的少数作品之一。虽然它没有八十年代那些大歌舞剧的磅礴声势和经久不衰的人气,但是这部剧中有几首旋律优美的歌曲,尤其是由英国少年组合Boyzone唱的No Matter What更曾经是英国1998年全年排名第一的单行本歌曲。 
 
No Matter What(Boyzone)

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Boyzone在帕瓦罗蒂99年演唱会上的合唱版

 
 
No matter what they tell us
No matter what they do
No matter what they teach us
What we believe is true

No matter what they call us
However they attack
No matter where they take us
We'll find our own way back

I can't deny what I believe
I can't be what I'm not
I know our love forever
I know, no matter what

If only tears were laughter (ooh)
If only night was day (ooh)
If only prayers were answered (hear my prayers)
Then we would hear God say (say)

No matter what they tell you (ooh)
No matter what they do (ooh)
No matter what they teach you
What you believe is true

And I will keep you safe and strong
And shelter from the storm
No matter where it's barren
A dream is being born

No matter who they follow
No matter where they lead
No matter how they judge us
I'll be everyone you need

No matter if the sun don't shine (sun don't shine)
Or if the skies are blue (skies are blue)
No matter what the end is
My life began with you

I can't deny what I believe (what I believe, yeah)
I can't be what I'm not
(I know, I know) I know this love's forever
That's all that matters now
No matter what

No matter what (no, no matter, no)

No, no matter
That's all that matters to me

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《微风轻哨》原作是Mary Hayley Bell的小说,曾经被Richard Attenborough制作成电影(Bryan Forbes导演),作曲韦伯和词作家Jim Steinman合作的音乐剧是最新的版本。在这一版里,故事的时间地点被改成1959年的美国路意丝安纳州。
这个故事发生在五十年代美国西部一个十分信仰宗教的小镇,那是一个闭塞守旧的上一代与叛逆不羁的年青人冲突的环境。事实上,那个时地根本就是叛逆少年一词的发源地。故事的主角小燕子(Swallow)是镇上一个乖巧的十五岁女孩。由于母亲的去世她一直郁郁不乐。一天,她在牛圈里发现一个神秘的陌生男人。当她询问他的名字,他随口说“耶稣基督”,天真的小燕子以为他是耶稣派遣来回答她祈祷的。但是,镇上的大人一口咬定这个陌生人是一个必须除掉的逃犯。为了自己坚定的信念,小燕子,以及镇上其他的孩子都不顾一切的保护陌生人。故事就围绕孩子们与大人们之间的矛盾展开。孩子们在成人势利冷酷的社会里挣扎冲撞,却始终保持了自己天真自信的本性。小燕子也通过这次经历,发现了自己也明白自己要走的路。

www.u148.net 在《微风轻哨》中,韦伯把的悠扬动听的慢曲和爆裂刺激的摇滚乐完美地糅合起来,成功地表现了剧中传统和革新之冲突的内在。
《微风轻哨》自出品之后就一直得到好评。在韦伯五十岁生日会上,就有“无论如何”(No Matter What),“微风轻哨”(Whistle Down the Wind),“天堂的阀”(The Vaults of Heaven),“轮胎印和破碎的心”(Tire Tracks and Brocken Hearts) 四首歌出现。

Whistle Down the Wind情节

第一幕
一群满怀着希望的大人和孩子唱出开场曲“The Vaults of Heaven”,诉说了对天堂的向往以及对未来充满着憧憬。这时,牧师告诉所有人:救世主将会来临,这是他的承诺,世上将没有痛苦,没有失落……Overture随即响起。
故事进入了正题。在一个小镇中,三个失去母亲的孩子:Swallow,Brat和Poor Baby在计划着即将来临的圣诞节,虽然他们想得到更大的焰火,但是家中却无力负担,Swallow唱出:I never get what I pray for,即使祈祷很少却也什么都无法得到,Swallow祈求主可以让母亲回来,即使一天也好。就在这时,他们遇到拿着一个大袋子的叔叔Edward,Swallow猜测袋子里装着小猫,而Edward正要将小猫扔入河中淹死,Swallow立刻跳入河中救起小猫,送给Brat和Poor Baby,他们抱着小猫在吃饭前赶回家。路上遇到了Earl,一个总是吓唬孩子的青年,Earl神秘的告诉他们,镇上将会举办人与蛇表演,治安管的出现,制止了Earl和他们的交谈,并对Swallow说不要和陌生人说话。他们在回家的路上又遇到了镇中的反叛男孩,总是骑着摩托车的Amos,Amos拦下Swallow要带她去兜风,被Swallow冷漠的拒绝,带着弟妹回家。
Swallow的父亲Boone和朋友Edward正在看电视中关于暴风雨即将来袭和杀人犯逃狱的新闻,Swallow问起为什么有人会和蛇在一起表演,Boone回答:这是在测试人们对主的忠诚度。这时孩子们说起了所想要的圣诞礼物,Swallow的愿望只是希望母亲能够回来。Boone随即唱出了“It Just Doesn't get any better than this”满怀了对妻子的回忆。Swallow也跟着唱出主题曲“Whistle down the Wind”。
屋外风雨交加,正当Swallow和弟妹在祷告的时候,突然闯入一个男人(The Man),口中说着:Jesus Christ,并让他们不要告诉任何人他在这里。Brat认为他就是每个星期天牧师所告诉他们的救世主Jesus来临了,而他们所有的愿望都会成真!他们将The Man藏在谷仓中,并发誓会给他一个安全的藏身地。 
 
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另一方面,在酒吧中,大家热闹的唱起了“Cold”。Amos和女朋友Candy计划着离开这个令人生厌的小镇,治安管看到Earl命令他离开酒吧,因为在小镇附近发现了一个逃犯的衣物,所以全镇都必须要小心提防。
Swallow,Brat和Poor Baby还有其他孩子们来到谷仓探望他们心中的Jesus,The Man再一次提醒他们不要告诉任何人,The Man此时唱出了“Unsettled Scores”,诉说了这世上的种种不公平,The Man问起Swallow希望从自己这里得到什么,Swallow希望母亲能够复活,The Man利用Swallow的纯真,让Swallow好好照顾他,等他恢复体力或许会实现她的愿望。Swallow唱出“If Only”,诉说了对The Man的信任。
Candy和Amos在一起厌恶着在这个小镇中平凡的生活,他们彼此倾诉着梦想以及对目前的不满,唱出了“Tyre Tracks and Broken Hearts”,最后他们相约明天晚上六点半,一起离开这里,去新的世界。而镇上的居民仍在为逃犯而担忧。Earl问Poor Baby会不会来和蛇一起测试自己对主的忠诚,Poor Baby说:如果Jesus感觉好些,他会带Jesus一起来参加。Amos问起Swallow关于他们的Big Secret,Swallow生气的拒绝。市民仍在商议如何对付这个破坏他们宁静生活的逃犯,孩子们则在一起讨论关于The Man。他们各自说出了自己希望Jesus实现的愿望,孩子们天真的认为如果Jesus在孩子这边,他们将会变得强壮,孩子们快乐的唱起“When Children Rule the World”。
孩子来到谷仓,希望The Man说故事,施行神迹,The Man讲起了一个关于圣诞节的故事:Annie Christmans,而这个故事却没有任何意义,只是为了敷衍孩子们。此时,优美的旋律响起,孩子们分别唱出要送给Jesus的礼物,第一幕的最后,孩子们唱出了“No Matter What”。 
 No Matter What(童声)

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[Charity]
I got a plastic flower, so it will never die
I got my Grandma's hankie, if you ever need to cry

[Vikki]
I got a pretty bracelet

[La Vonne]
I got a mirror too

[La Vonne, Vikki & Charity]
I'm never gonna need them, I'll give them all to you

[La Vonne, Vikki, Charity & Louise]
I'll give you all I got to give, I guess that's my good deed

[Elizabeth]
I just want to stay besides you, you're the only love I need

[Louis]
I got a great big sea shell, you put it to your ear
Then you can hear the ocean, it's like you're really there

[Clarence]
I got a glass of firefly's, they make amazing light

[Winston]
I've got a four leaf clover, I'll bring it here tonight

[Brat]
And I will keep you safe and strong, and follow where you lead

[Swallow]
I'll never leave your side now, were the only love you need

[The Children]
No matter what they tell us, no matter what they do
No matter what they teach us, what we believe is true
I can't deny what I believe, I can't be what I'm not
I know this loves forever, I know no matter what
I can't deny what I believe, I can't be what I'm not
I know this loves forever, that's all that matters now no matter what

[Men]
No matter what the outrage, no matter what the crime
No matter where he's running, he's running out of time

[Women]
This was a safe haven, now it's gone
Dangers on its way

[Men]
No matter where he's hiding no matter how he's hurt

[Women]
Evil can spread out like a stain and darken all the day

[Men]
He's better dead than captured, he's just a speck of dirt

[Adult Chorus]
No matter what he's scheming, no matter what he's got
We'll tear him limb from limb, that's all that matters no matter what

[The Children]
If only tears were laughter, if only night was day
If only prayers were answered, then we would hear god say
No matter what they tell us, no matter what they do
No matter what they teach us, what we believe is true
I can't deny what I believe, I cant be what I'm not
I know this loves forever, that's all that matters now
No matter what!!!

[Adult Chorus]
You gotta wrestle with the devil
Wrestle with the devil in a heartbeat

[The Children]
Midnight is clear, our saviour is here
He's gonna guard each boy and girl
No hunger or thirst, the last will be first
The night that children rule the world,
When children rule the world, tonight, when children rule the world
When children rule the world, tonight, when children rule the world

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第二幕
The Man让Swallow去火车隧道为他取一个包裹,并让Swallow偷父亲的车,快去快回,Swallow恐惧着,The Man安慰她唱出“Try not to be Afraid”,让Swallow相信他,就在Swallow要离开之际,Amos经过附近,看到谷仓的灯光认为Swallow在里面。The Man叫Swallow搭乘Amos的摩托车去隧道,Swallow虽然不愿意与Amos单独相处,但是为了The Man,还是让Amos进来,Amos告诉Swallow他即将离开这个小镇,希望Swallow能够和他交换一个秘密,今晚的Amos令Swallow感觉害怕,Amos说出对Swallow的好感,并让Swallow在他临走之前吻他,Amos唱出“A Kiss is a terrible thing to waste”,而躲在黑暗中的The Man深深懊悔着自己对Swallow的利用。Amos让Swallow相信自己,Swallow为了完成The Man交给她的任务,让Amos先带她去隧道。
坐在Amos摩托车上的Swallow和苦苦等待Amos的Candy同时唱出了Tyre tracks and broken hearts,诉说了年轻人的叛逆与苦恼。就在Swallow在为The Man拿包裹的时候,一辆列车驶过,Amos救了Swallow,Swallow感激地告诉了Amos她的秘密:Jesus在她的谷仓中。就在此刻,治安管发现了他们,指责了Amos,并送Swallow回家。
回家后的Swallow和询问她去向的父亲发生了争执。Poor Baby也伤心地告诉了Swallow自己的小猫死了,而他不明白为什么Jesus要让小猫死去,Swallow相信Jesus一定有很好的理由解释这一切。他们来到谷仓,Swallow将包裹交给The Man,The Man被Swallow的纯真所感动,Swallow希望他能告诉Poor Baby为什么小猫会死,The Man唱出一个故事:“Charlie's Christmas”,告诉孩子们因为时间到了,所以他们才会离开这个世上。伤心的Poor Baby认为Jesus只不过是个伐木工,然而Swallow仍对The Man坚信不疑,Swallow爱着The Man也相信他也同样爱着她。

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等了一晚上的Candy终于见到了Amos,Amos却焦急的找寻Swallow,Earl告诉Candy,Amos刚刚和Swallow在一起,并告诉她,Swallow相信是Jesus的男人其实就是大家在找寻的逃犯。到处找寻Poor Baby的Swallow在演出场地看了他,Poor Baby失落的认为自己什么都得不到,Swallow安慰着他并告诉他,因为很多人在世上受了很多的痛苦,主为了减轻他们的痛苦才将他们召回天堂。
Candy为了报复Amos的失约和变心,告诉市民凶手就在Swallow的谷仓中,所有的人前往Swallow家。而回到家中的Swallow和父亲发生了严重的冲突,Swallow得知人们已经知道了The Man的下落,急忙跑去通知他,The Man叫Swallow赶快离开他,并告诉Swallow他是一个无恶不作的罪犯,Swallow却认为Jesus在测试他不肯相信。The Man唱出“The Nature of the Beast”,告诉Swallow他的痛苦,他的悔意。治安管和市民来到谷仓,孩子们为了保护The Man而反抗大人,最后,The Man用Swallow做人质逃脱了,Swallow却始终相信他一定会回来,这时终曲“Whistle down the Wind”响起,全剧终。(《微风轻哨》音乐电驴下载

Whistle down the Wind(Tina Arena)

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Whistle down the wind
Let your voices carry
Drown out all the rain
Light a patch of darkness
Treacherous and scary
How l at the stars
Whisper when you're sleepy
I'll be there you hold you
I'll be there to stop
The chills and all the weeping
Make it clear and strong
So the whole night long
Every signal that you send
Until the very end
I will not abandon you my precious friend
So try and stand the tide
Then you'll raise a banner
Send a flare up in the sky
Try to burn a torch
And try to build a bonfire
Every signal that you send
Until the very end
I'm there
So whistle down the wind
For I have always been right there
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