Thursday, April 05, 2012

I Don't Know How To Love Him

by Dick Mac

Following the flogging and condemnation of Jesus Christ, his betrayer Judas Iscariot commits suicide.

In Jesus Christ Superstar, the four minute song includes an excerpt of Judas pleadingly singing "I Don't Know How To Love Him."

Earlier in the opera the same song is sung by Mary Magdalene, in a much different tone, appealing to an equally intense relationship that ends much differently than the one between Jesus and Judas.

It is a very dramatic rendition of the song, and Murray Head delivers it convincingly. The passion, the depth of love between the two men can be heard in the antagonist's voice.

Like all his performances as Judas on the record, Head nails this song.

Here is the excerpt:

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1 comment:

Brian M. said...

Great post Dick. Always loved that passage, how he throws technical precision to the winds to convey the love, confusion and anguish he's feeling. The way he sings the word "man" at 0:14 of your sample is goosebump stuff.