Did anyone catch Andrea Bocelli’s glorious and inspiring performance of The Lord’s Prayer during the Festival Of The Families celebration on Saturday, September 26th in Phildaelphia?
What a moment! Pope Francis must have been incredibly moved by this performance as we were by the Pope’s love, presence and spirituality throughout his entire USA visit. During this celebration, the Pope’s passionate and spontaneous message about the importance of the family really resonated with me and I shall never, ever forget it.
Then, you add the magnificence of Andrea Bocelli’s voice and the entire event took on an ethereal quality and, for me, was the closest thing to what Heaven must be like – where time stands still and you truly live in the beauty of the moment for eternity.
I always love listening to Andrea sing but, more important, his relaxed, yet refined technical skills draw me in each time I hear him. His relaxed and open jaw, the circular mouth, the elevated eyes as he navigates his upper range are impeccably executed.
I always wondered if his visual impairment frees him of visual distractions, thus allowing him to truly focus on his voice.
To that end, I have encouraged students to sing with their eyes closed during their lessons with me and it is amazing how much better they do sing. They naturally correct their technical problems. It is a wonderful little trick and everyone should try it. You become very aware of your vocal sound and the diaphragmatic energy you are using to correctly produce this sound.
Please share your comments about this performance. Did it move you as it did me?