Looking for MODERN Song Ideas that Relate to Specific Scenes in the Play. For our final assignment of Romeo and Juliet we have chosen to recreate the entire play (the main parts) through...

Looking for MODERN Song Ideas that Relate to Specific Scenes in the Play.

For our final assignment of Romeo and Juliet we have chosen to recreate the entire play (the main parts) through dance. Our idea is to find songs that have the same feeling and emotion that the play does. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a really old one, but it has been used in some modern movies.  "Only You" by the Platters (1950s) expresses love for one person who has made all the difference in the world to the singer.  The last line is "My one and only you."  It has a melody that would be easily to choreograph, it seems.

Also, what about 1990s Queen's "I Want It All"?  (I want it all and I want it now). The operatic rock sound of this group might work well, too.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would suggest "The Power of Love" by Celine Deon. The song speaks about how nothing else really matters when two people who love each other are able to be together. Sounds like a great assignment!

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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While many students might think that eighties music isn't exactly "modern" have you thought about Tiffany's 80s classic "I Think We're Alone Now"? The song tells of a young couple having to hide their love and only being able to be together in secret, clandestine relationships. Sounds like our young Romeo and Juliet? Look at this verse Look at the way We gotta hide what were doin cause what would they say If they ever knew And so we're Running just as fast as we can Holdin on to one anothers hand Tryin to get away into the night And then you put your arms around me And we tumble to the ground...
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I can't help but suggest My Last Breath by Evanescence for the climactic scene when the two lovers commit suicide. It's a haunting song, although quite heavy, and the melody stays with me for hours every time I hear it. As far as I have read, the song itself is about death and dying, and seeks to evoke the emotions felt from the loss of a loved one.

Holding my last breath/Safe inside myself/Are all my thoughts of you?/Sweet rapturous light, it ends here tonight...

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