Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tunesday: Nessun Dorma

I cannot watch this video without being moved to tears. It's not just because it's my favorite aria of all time. Nessun Dorma, the most beautiful song ever written for man to sing. The song whose most well-known singer, Pavarotti, was introduced to me by my grandmother. It's not just that Nessun Dorma is the song that we played at her funeral because she adored Pavarotti. It's not because this man in the video has the most perfect vocal technique....He doesn't really...again, just listen to Pavarotti. It's not that.

It's....well, my words cannot do it justice yet. Perhaps I'll attempt in the comment section. But please watch. This is from the show, "Britain's Got Talent."

6 comments:

Matt and Shelley said...

There's definitely something endearing about the man even beyond his voice. He seems like such a kind-hearted soul!

FancyPants said...

Yes, he absolutely does.

I mean, here's a humble, tender-hearted mobile phone salesman. He's never had the confidence to pursue his dream. I don't know if he's ever had a voice lesson. Maybe, maybe not. People picked on him his whole life. He said in a different interview that he's always been a bit odd. He's not the best looking of fellows, and then he sings. And his whole demeanor changes. He transports you to this other world. Did you catch that shot as he's singing the last note? As the camera panned away? I mean, geesh!

So the story is that he goes on to advance all the way to the finals and he wins the competition. You can watch the semi finals and the finals. I think his singing is actually better in the semi finals.

Anyway, I might be the only one who bawls her eyes out when I see this. But I hope everyone enjoys the tune! If you get a chance, and you haven't heard Pavarotti sing it, you should really go listen to it. It's amazing.

Susanne said...

Wow!!! I love that Aria too, especially when Pavarotti sings it. But that guy was great. The first thing I thought was, "Take that, Simon!" He pretty much blew the judges away. I don't think he'll worry about people picking on him anymore. I think he should program that song in for the ringtones in his store. :) Thanks so much for posting this!

FancyPants said...

You're welcome! Hey the ring tone is good idea, ya know.

Miss Kelly said...

One of my very favorite things in the whole world is to watch someone in a moment of personal victory. I know the dry mouth. I am familiar with the nervous feeling in my teeth, the self doubt, and the agaony of wondering whether or not there will be applause when I have completed my task. This man must have been completely terrified. But I also know the rush of adraneline, the feeling of importance that comes from all eyes focused on me, the joy it gives me to succeed, and the hot sting of tears of pride and accomplishment. I am so greatful that as humans, we can feel empathetically for one another, because it allows me to share in the sweetness of this moment that has absolutely nothing to do with me.

FancyPants said...

Miss Kelly!

I see you received my letter. =-)

And I enjoyed reading your comment so much that I must implore you to begin blogging. Pretty pretty please?

I am so greatful that as humans, we can feel empathetically for one another, because it allows me to share in the sweetness of this moment that has absolutely nothing to do with me.

Right on.

(I'm not sure why I just went into surfer lingo, but...hey it works.)