Wednesday, December 23, 2020

One of my favorite singers is...

 I'm a big fan of Michael Buble. Here's why:

A few years ago, Mr. Buble performed at the Greek Theater. (Thank you, Gabi).

The Greek Theatre is an intimate setting, but it still seats a respectable 5, 900. Somehow the show, though with pretty good attendance, was not sold out. (This was definitely a few years ago).

What was remarkable about the show was his giddiness.

To be sure, the Canadian crooner gave it all on stage. He sang with emotion, audience in the palm of his hands, blah blah blah.

But it was the giddiness that I have remembered all these years that never seems to have left him.

You see, with some artists they seem to move from "Wow! I can't believe we're at Madison Square Garden!" to "Biatch, where's my [insert ridiculous request] and I'd better have it at [insert ridiculous time frame]".

With Mr. Buble', none of that was present, even on stage.

He still had that, "Oh my goodness, I can't believe I'm here!"

And in fact, he stopped singing one song--like, right in the middle of the song--and decided on the spot (you could tell from the musician's faces) to sing his then number one hit, Home. He...just...wanted to sing it. 

But a la coffee shop singer, he needed to share a story of when he was a kid listening to Casey Kasem's top forty count down, imagining that famous voice announcing his song. What in the world would that be like?

I too was a kid who listened to Casey Kasem's top forty countdown. I too wondered what in the world that would be like.

And with tears in his eyes, he shared that when it actually happened--when legendary host Casey Kasem announced the number one hit in the land was Home by Michael Buble--he lost his freaking mind. 

And so did we in the audience.

And then he sang it and everyone cried and it was amazing.

This was one of the best concerts I have ever attended because I felt like I was there with several thousand other people sharing not only the experience of Mr. Buble right then, but also the reminiscing of the Sunday morning routine of listening to songs that meant a lot to all of us and carved who we have become in many ways.

Everyone has favorite singers, and sometimes it isn't just because of the music that they created. Sometimes it is the spirit with which they tend to create that affects the heart most of all.

Think about your favorite artists, singers, dancers, and ask why you view them in that light. 

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