Hey, this guy is terrific and I’m a pathetic latecomer to realize quite how terrific he is. (That is Andrea Bocelli with Kathryn Jenkins above.) I first saw him perform with Luciano Pavarotti on television where he was overpowered by the other voices it seemed to me. I couldn’t figure out why he never opened his eyes and needed a shave. Over the years, a glimpse of him here and there revealed a beauty and purity of voice that I enjoyed but I had never watched a full Andrea Bocelli concert. (I watch very little television.) And, I knew nothing about his life. What would we do without Wikipedia? You can check out his biography for yourself at the following link if you like.
He went completely blind at age 12 and made it in a tough and demanding business. He has maintained a demanding work schedule since 1992. I was stunned. He played piano bars to put himself through law school and worked as a court appointed attorney for a year before he went into music full-time. He’s blind! I watched the Christmas Concert on PBS Tuesday evening with David Foster and a number of guests including Kathryn Jenkins, Natalie Cole and the Muppets. Now, I know what beauty his voice can give you. Better late than never. And, now I understand why he rarely opens his eyes.
I picked up this painting of Andrea from Wikipedia. There was no attribution, but as you can see, his trademark three-day old beard. Sorry if I was disrespectful. His Christmas Concert with David Foster was a wonderful, eye-opening experience for me. I love this guy. If you go to the following link and type in his name you can hear his music.