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juno_februa
Nov. 21st, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
AND it makes a change for a fat person to get through! He was quite amazing and I'm glad that bolstered his confidence. I hate to see people with low self-confidence and that 'vulnerableness', mainly cos there are some very cruel people out there(simon cowell would be a good example!)
phaseolus
Nov. 21st, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Pavarotti had the advantage of coming up when he did; it wasn't all that long ago that how you looked wasn't important, it was how you performed. Compare, say, the star violin soloists of the '70s - ugly white men - to today's crop. Josh Bell, Hilary Hahn, and these chicks are wonderful musicians, but today ya gotta look like a movie star.

Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald were geniuses, too - it's hard not to get blown away listening to what they did in their prime. I don't think either of them would even have a career if they were just starting today...
juno_februa
Nov. 21st, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
You're absolutely right, it is relatively 'recent' history that visual media has hijacked true talent, it's sad but maybe just maybe there's a glimmer of hope with 'our man from Cardiff' above...but how long before they say he's gotta loose weight and get his teeth fixed?
none_too_subtle
Nov. 21st, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
If he gets his teeth fixed, he might not be able to sing like that. I'd be afraid -- if I were he -- to get my teeth fixed for that very reason, ya know?
juno_februa
Nov. 21st, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's gotta affect annunciation!
none_too_subtle
Nov. 21st, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Indeed! I wouldn't mess with the mouth if it was mine and I had /that/ voice!! =)
none_too_subtle
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
The "Weather Girls" sued and won over that song (it's raining men, I got the power?) because they used beautiful chicks lip-syncing instead of them (they were overweight). It's sad that we're reduced to think about people on those terms, or thinking that the sum of a person lies in their looks alone. =(
none_too_subtle
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Actually I find it more common for overweight people to be better singers. I felt bad when I first started seeing it, thinking it would be a joke =/
phaseolus
Nov. 21st, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Music Video Thread!!!!

Link

none_too_subtle
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
That was gorgeous!! Thank you :) I doubt there'll be any participants in the "music thread" but I loved that! :)
fionnbharro
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Holy Cow.... Thank you!

I hope he wins -- though, he probably won't because opera isn't 'marketable'.
none_too_subtle
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Wasn't that /beautiful/???? He literally changed in LOOKS after I heard him.

He did,by the way, win! =) If you mouse-over the bottom, you'll see Pavaratti singing the whole song, as well as clips from the show (where he won, etc.).

I love Josh Groban, too. He has range like woah. Three octaves and still going...very impressive for someone so young.
garlicsalter
Nov. 23rd, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Ok, I finally got on here and watched this. And tears sprang from my eyes. I just loved how the judges, esp. Simon, and the audience looked so "OMFG, here we go again" until he started singing. Just wow, thanks for the post.
none_too_subtle
Nov. 23rd, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great??? I ran to Limewire and downloaded his version :) lol :)

You're welcome. I never put these things in here unless they're absolutely worth it. I thought the chick could've handled it smarter than lump of coal, considering he's Welsch, ya know? Tsk, tsk.
none_too_subtle
Nov. 23rd, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
PS - another awesome performer on that same show was a six year old girl, perfect pitch, singing a cappella "somewhere over the rainbow". I wanted to cry that time, too. Wow.
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The lady of situations.
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