Que Sera Sera... Just can't see it. Moon River, however, is a different story. It is a beautiful song, and I think Hayley would do a wonderful job with it. The others I haven't heard, so I'm not going to judge.
Moon River was specifically written for a one-octave range voice — Audrey Hepburn's. Hayley has a three-octave voice so this song would not showcase her talent nearly as well as most songs.
It would sound very pretty, nonetheless.
I can do just fine without her singing it, anyway, but if she did, I wouldn't mind... as long as it was either on an album with a nice variety of music, or performed live somewhere for some reason or another.
Libby, I'm sure Hayley would make the most of it, what there is of it. Some other points to consider as we suggest this song:
1. Hepburn's character, "Holly Golightly" (who sang Moon River), wasn't exactly a woman of great virtue.
2. The late Andy Williams practically owned the song and any new renditions would be unfairly compared to his impeccable treatment.
3. Hayley's already sung about the moon and a river or two.
As I said, I can live without her singing it, so I'm not really that worried about it. However, your first point made me think of the character in Les Miserables who sings I Dreamed a Dream. I'm not really an expert on the story (no, I'm not going to sit through the mediocre singing for 3 hours), but from what little I have heard, she wasn't exactly living a virtuous life, either.
I know Andy Williams was a well-loved singer, but that doesn't mean Hayley wouldn't do an amazing job. She sang My Heart Will Go On very well. And that's a hard song.
I wonder, does Decca own most of the rights to the covers that Hayley records? I could be wrong, but if not, wouldn't it be more cost-effective to record an album of Hayley's originals? All I know is that if Decca doesn't own those songs, they obviously have to pay to use them, and pay Hayley for performing them. Although I'm not sure if it would make a difference. It depends what contract she has with them - as far as the divided ownership of performance and publishing rights
However, your first point made me think of the character in Les Miserables who sings I Dreamed a Dream. I'm not really an expert on the story (no, I'm not going to sit through the mediocre singing for 3 hours), but from what little I have heard, she wasn't exactly living a virtuous life, either.
That of course would be your loss, Les Misérables was probably one of the greatest musicals of the last century..
Have a look at the sales figures for musicals like the Original West Side Story soundtrack which only sold a very small number of copies.
" But you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the Angels
and then the Angels forget to pray for us. " ......Leonard Cohen
Yet WSS is a great musical, my wife's favourite of all time and I'm not sure it isn't mine (but there are so many, JC Superstar, Phantom, Oklahoma just off the top of my head) that I can't pick just one. Les Mis I haven't seen yet, but I hope to put that right on Wednesday.
I don't consider it a loss. I have never cared for musicals, of any kind. If the movie had not been singing the whole way through, I would've given it a try, since I like some of the songs in it (the ones that I know). I've tried musical movies before, and I just cannot take them seriously when they burst into song about anything and everything, every few minutes. I personally did not care for West Side Story. I hated the ending! Maria doesn't even seem to care that her own brother got killed, only her boyfriend (Tony?). That's another thing, I don't like depressing stories, and from what little I've heard, Les Miz definitely isn't the happiest of stories.
Call me picky, I'll be the first one to say I am. As a rule, I don't like most movies. There's really not a whole lot out there that holds my interest. Many that have big movie stars in them, I have never even seen, because they just don't interest me. When the same movie stars are in so many movies, I don't find the stories very believable. I mean, of course, I know it's not real, but when you see the same people in movies all the time, you're reminded of it the whole time, and that's distracting. Murder/kidnap movies get so old, comedies are mostly horribly stupid and crude, vampire movies are silly,.. yeah, there's not much out there for me. But what I do like, I like a lot.
Grace Bawden's own mother thinks the singing in the movie was mediocre (her words); that's what made me call it that. But then I guess when you have a daughter with a voice that's anything but mediocre, you're probably going to be picky. Yeah, in the trailers, Anne sounded pretty good singing I Dreamed a Dream, but once you've heard Hayley, why bother with anyone else?
So, was the 1985 version singing the whole way through? If it's not, maybe I'll try it, if I can ever get a hold of it.
Surprised to hear you say that Libby, always though you were a bit of a movie buff, especially with your obvious enthusiasm for LOTR and The Hobbit, and your keenness for Hayley to be involved in movies. I always thought it was me who is not into movies. In fact musicals are some of the few that I do enjoy, because they have music and I love music. Perhaps if the singing was terrible it would put me off, but for musicals the music is the main reason you go. I like live performances of musicals too, a few months ago I was at a superb performance of The Sound of Music. And we saw a live performance of "Grease" just before Christmas. The reason I mostly don't like a lot of films is because of the proliferation of "strong" language and violence - I don't like explicit sex scenes either. So I avoid anything like that, and that means I don't watch much TV either.
I think Hayley would sound great singing Moon River, its a great song. I hope Hayley does some writing for her next album, I think some of the best songs she has done have been ones where she has written for it. A few covers would be great with some original material too I think, there's loads of songs Hayley could sing, her voice is very versatile.