Saturday Snapshot: With Love, Michael Crawford

I had very exciting mail this week…

But before I get to that, let me tell you a story, if I may.  I’ll give you the short version.  About eight years ago, a friend loaned me a copy of Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, and a CD of Webber’s musical.  I wasn’t all that into the book, but I liked the soundtrack.  And so an obsession was born.

A couple years after that, after a lot of delving into Phantom versions and who-knows-how-many times through the soundtrack, another friend suggested I find Michael Crawford’s other CDs.  Crawford was the original Phantom in London and Broadway, and his is the voice on the soundtrack.  As my friend suggested, listening to his other CDs would be like listening to the Phantom sing other songs–and it was!  And so a new obsession was born.

I now have all of Crawford’s CDs because, well, he’s amazing.  Somewhere along the way I stopped hearing the Phantom when Crawford sang and started hearing Crawford when the Phantom sang…if that makes any sense!

Recently I had an opportunity to mail an item in for a personalized autograph.  And so, exciting mail arrived this week…

Michael Crawford Autograph

I could have had my Phantom soundtrack signed…but I suspect Crawford signs a lot of Phantom CDs!  And I wanted this one anyway, because it’s my favorite.  Or to be more precise, the last song on the CD, “A Piece of Sky,” is mind-blowing, life-altering, unbelievably amazing.

So I’d say that’s the most exciting mail I’ve had in, hmm, a long time.  Couldn’t resist sharing!

Have a wonderful weekend, and visit At Home with Books for more Saturday Snapshots!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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16 Responses to Saturday Snapshot: With Love, Michael Crawford

  1. Nabela says:

    I would LOVE to request his autograph. May I ask where you wrote him to request this?

    • Unfortunately, it was a P.O. Box managed by the Fan Association, and they’ve since shut it down. Sorry I can’t help!

      • Nabela says:

        Well, that is frustrating. At this point, I’d be happy just to get a chance to send him a letter of appreciation. I only recently got sucked into the “Some Mothers” and “Phantom” scene. I wonder why they closed it?

  2. What a voice – my husband and I are big fans of him.

  3. I love things like this!!

  4. Louise says:

    I can certainly feel your excitement. How wonderful.

  5. BermudaOnion says:

    How wonderful for you!!

  6. That is so awesome. I love, love Phantom, I have seen it 5 times. My mother was fortunate to see Michael Crawford as the Phantom.

  7. Bonnie says:

    I love Phantom of the Opera and Michael Crawfor has an amazing voice. I can understand obsessions! I need to go find that song and listen to it! How exciting that you got the CD personally autographed.

  8. Ginny says:

    In England we can’t help but think of Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer. Did his comedy ever make it to America?

    • I don’t know if it ever played here, but I’ve seen some episodes on DVD. VERY funny…and so very far away from the Phantom of the Opera!

      • Sally Scheef says:

        I think a few episodes were played in the US years ago, but it has not been shown much. A lot of the episodes are on youtube, and I have some on DVD. Most of the episodes hold up very well and are still very funny!
        I can sure understand a lot of Brits love for “Some Mothers,” but it’s a little annoying when a few can’t see him at the Phantom 25th or presenting an award or appearing anywhere without “tweeting” “Ooooo, Betty.”

  9. I have a few obsessions, too; I can totally relate! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  10. dianem57 says:

    How cool that he personally signed the CD for you. That’s a real treasure!

  11. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard his music. Neat that you got it signed!

  12. Anne says:

    I know about obsessions. I’d be thrilled to have this signed CD, too.

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