I had three reasons to smile when I watched the sublimely talented Kristen Chenoweth perform Charlie Chaplin’s Smile on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Thursday, January 16th.
- This song is one of my absolute favorites and, for whatever reason, I needed to hear this song at this precise moment. The message it brings is one of hope and trust and strength for a brighter future for all.
Kristen Chenoweth, accompanied by her extraordinarily talented musicians, highlighted why live, unaltered musical performances are so inspiring and a spiritual nourishment for one’s mind and heart. There is no facade, no smoke and mirrors – just musical excellence at it’s very best.
American Idol was given a subtle nod via this performance. Accompanying Kristen on the piano was the incomparable pianist/arranger/vocal coach, Michael Orland, as well as the equally talented director of The Tonight Show Band, Rickey Minor. With the retirement of the great Jay Leno as host of The a Tonight Show, Rickey and his band will be returning to American Idol Season XIII, along with vocal coach and singer Dorian Holley . I loved how she nuzzled up to Rickey at the 1:23 mark. Perfect!
No matter what you are doing at this precise moment – STOP. And LISTEN. To music performed at it’s very best and with real emotion and passion.
I shed a tear or two when Kristen acknowledged Jay Leno during her performance.
As much as I love Jimmy Fallon, he has some mighty big shoes to fill. However, he is the right man for the job. No one better. And he will grow via what I suspect is a strong work ethic behind his zany demeanor and antics.
Enjoy the video! It’s a keeper!