I love concerts. There’s an immediacy and intimacy that you don’t get from studio recordings. It’s raw, unfiltered performing without any fancy engineering either to enhance or hide any limitations on the part of the performer. The energy from the crowd, the noise, the lights and sometimes even the heat just adds to the experience.
Unfortunately we don’t often get good performers coming to our shores but when they do it’s a highly pleasurable experience and a great way to spend at least 90 minutes of your day. Drowning yourself in a feast of vocal delights is even more amazing when you hear it live. And when the performers sounds just as good, if not better, on stage heaven is indeed a place on Earth.
I had the pleasure of listening to David Foster ( Ha! you thought I was talking about David Archuleta I bet 🙂 ) and Friends this past Saturday and it was well worth the rather pricey ticket. He took us down memory lane with his string of hits that he either wrote, co-wrote or produced with a whos-who of superstar performers. He brought along his guess artists like Russell Watson – British tenor, Philip Bailey – lead singer of Earth, Wind and Fire, Ashanti – renown R&B singer, Charice and best of all Michael Bolton. Together these entertainers lit up the stage and got the crowd singing along. Mr. Forster himself seemed pretty amazed and delighted that we knew so many of his songs and could sing along.
There were no back-up dancers, no fancy costume changes, no flashy stage decorations just voices and what voices they were! Michael Bolton is probably in his 50s but you would never have noticed because that powerful voice filled up the stadium with effortless ease. The same goes for Russell Watson whose tenor voice could scale the heights of opera and yet be tender and mellow in the pop numbers. It was an amazing 2 hours of vocal heaven! There was such an assortment of voices from Charice the youngest to Philip Bailey at probably the oldest paying tribute to David Foster’s musical genius. Mr. Foster’s musical sense is pretty impeccable and I wonder at the magic that he can bring out in David if they were ever to work together. Judging from his ability to bring out the best in a singer, I wager David would really bloom in Mr. Foster’s able hands.
This is the kind of concert that I prefer as you get to appreciate the beauty of the human voice and its power to connect and move. It’s an amazing instrument that we have – our vocal chords and I envy those with the gift to evoke emotions, feelings and moods just by their voice. If you really think about it our voices are nothing more than the vibration of our vocal chords (a bunch of muscle tissue) but the results are incredible. On that night this remarkable instrument rang out clear and strong needing no embellishments other than David Foster’s piano playing and the band. The stadium was awash with incredible sounds and it was a joy to sit there and drink it all in. I hope in my heart David Archuleta gets to work with such remarkable artists who really knows what they’re doing and are passionate about their craft not because of the glamour and glitz but the sheer joy of marrying words, music and voice into one wondrous whole.