Love Changes Everything (song)

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This article is about the Aspects of Love song. For the Climie Fisher song, see Love Changes (Everything).
"Love Changes Everything"
Single by Michael Ball
from the album Aspects of Love
Released 1989
Genre Musical theatre
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, Charles Hart
Producer(s) Andrew Lloyd Webber

Love Changes Everything is a song from the musical Aspects of Love, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics written by Charles Hart and Don Black.[1] It is first sung in the musical by the character Alex Dillingham, which was originated by Michael Ball in both the London and Broadway casts. The song was released as a single in 1989, also sung by Ball,[2] and stayed in the UK singles chart for 14 weeks, peaking at #2.[3] He later released the song on his album Love Changes Everything: The Collection.[4]

In the prologue to Aspects of Love, a young Englishman, Alex, is lovestruck by a French actress, Rose. This upends his world, and he sings that "Love changes everything ... How you live and / How you die" for better or for worse. He notes that love "Makes fools of everyone" and concludes that, once love strikes, "Nothing in the / World will ever / Be the same." Musically, it is a "simple, effective three-chord piano-accompanied anthem".[5] The song became the best-known number from Aspects of Love and it "delivered yet more proof that Andrew Lloyd Webber could deliver soaring, anthemic ballads".[6]

The song was featured at the 44th Tony Awards.[7] Artists who have covered it include Jonathan Ansell, John Barrowman, Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford, Il Divo (with Michael Ball), Audra McDonald, Nana Mouskouri, Marti Webb, Opportunity Knocks winner Mark Rattray, Anthony Warlow, and Hayley Westenra. The Off-Broadway spoof revue Forbidden Broadway picked up on the bed-hopping aspect of Aspects of Love, changing the song to "We Sleep with Everyone".[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Review/Theater; Lloyd Webber's 'Aspects of Love'
  2. ^ Bosanquet, Theo. "Nunn Revives Aspects of Love at Menier, 15 Jul", whatsonstage.com, 18 February 2010
  3. ^ "Michael Ball | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  4. ^ Love Changes Everything:The Collection
  5. ^ Polkow, Dennis. "Review: Aspects of Love/Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre", NewCity Stage, 14 March 2013
  6. ^ Cavendish, Dominic. "Aspects of Love, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review", The Telegraph, 16 July 2010
  7. ^ 1990 Tony Awards, Tony Awards official website, accessed 9 July 2013
  8. ^ Morgan, Scott C. "Aspects of Love", Windy City Times, 20 March 2013

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