Life of a Song: “Love Changes Everything”

ASPECTS OF LOVE LOGO“Love Changes Everything” is the most famous song from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart’s 1989 musical, Aspects of Love. Based on Aspects of Love by David Garnett, the show focuses on the romantic and sexual entanglements of a quintet of characters, at the centre of which are actress Rose Vibert and her young admirer, Alex Dillingham.

The song peaked at #2 on the UK singles charts, on which it was featured for 3½ months – no mean feat for a show tune at that point in time. Much of this can probably be attributed to the anthemic feel of the song and its three chord structure. Originally written in G major (around the chords G, C and D), before modulating up to A flat major, Andrew Lloyd Webber transposed the entire song up a key (A major, modulating up to B flat major) to showcase the crystal clear tenor voice of Michael Ball, who introduced the song to the musical theatre canon.

Ball’s stamp on the song is definitive and most male singers who tackle the song – from Michael Crawford to John Barrowman – follow the template laid by this actor-singer, who originated the role of Alex in the stage show. Before we take a look at some of the different cover versions of the song, let’s take a look at the single that was released by the Really Useful Company to promote the show in its original production.

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