Words & Music

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Queen of Soul

“At the Grammys in 1998, the legendary soul singer stepped in – at the last minute – for Pavarotti, who had been due to sing his trademark piece, Nessun Dorma. So obviously she went ahead and performed that aria.

Nessun Dorma is one of the most impressive of tenor arias – with an astronomically high top B at the climax of the aria.

It's also an operatic tenor role. Aretha Franklin is, clearly, neither an opera singer, nor a tenor.

But that did not stop her performing the aria at the Grammys in 1998. Well, it would have been a shame to send the choir home. 

This might be the most Aretha Franklin thing that has ever happened. 

Here she is performing the piece a few years later, at an event in Philadelphia in 2015. Just **listen** to how she ad libs on that top B.”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hope Springs Eternal

A sunny day dawns…

Hope springs eternal in the human breast; 
Man never is, but always to be blessed: 
The soul, uneasy and confined from home, 
Rests and expatiates in a life to come. 
-Alexander Pope

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I Have To Say

I’m sorry I forget to tell you sometimes how much I love you
I’m sorry I forget to tell you sometimes how beautiful you are
Some things seem so obvious that I don’t have to say them
But I do have to say them
And you do have to hear them
Because they’re more important than anything I have to say

I know I get under
Your skin and you wonder
What life would be like
Without Mr. Mike
Probably better
And probably worse
And probably someday the last will be first
But before we get to that day
I want to hear everything that you say
And you do have to say it
And I do have to hear it
Because I've already heard everything I have to say