Celine Dion once said, “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli”. That was, I think, when they came together and made this masterpiece – The Prayer. (Video attached). This song, featured in the movie Quest for Camelot, went on to win a Grammy and bag an Oscar nomination.
Hear the song and you’d know why. 🙂 It is a glorious composition with two unparalleled performers. It is a song you’d often hear blaring from my room, first thing in the morning. It is also the first song I ever heard of Bocelli’s. And I’ve been in love with his voice, ever since.
Bocelli’s parents, were advised to abort him based on certain pre-natal tests. It was obvious that the baby (Andrea) was going to be born with some disabilities. But his mother disagreed, and gave birth to him, anyway. From the very childhood he had a compromised vision, which he completely lost at the age of 12 following a football accident. Life, as one can very well imagine, wasn’t easy to Bocelli.
But here he is today, a crossover tenor, I guess, one of the few, who’ve been both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. In 1998, he was on the People Magazine’s ’50 Most Beautiful People’ list, an accomplishment that must mean something so different, so much more, when earned by a visually challenged person like Bocelli. It was his beautiful voice that earned him that spot, more than his dashing good looks.
And that’s what I am happy about, and thankful for today.
For having artists like Bocelli, who are a proof that when the juggernaut of talent picks momentum, it cannot be stopped by even the mightiest of obstacles. For having being introduced to the magic of his voice, almost by chance I must add. For the joy this song brings me every single time, even though I have heard it a zillion times. For the comfort in the knowledge, that the happiness that is meant for you, can come to you in the most unexpected of packages; even a song, half of which is sung in a language you do not speak.
Yes. It’s been a #Happy day. And I am #Thankful for all it came with. 🙂