Thursday, September 06, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti 1935-2007


There are voices and there voices.
The are Hills and there are Mountains.
Ever since I first heard Pavarotti, when I was about 14 years old, I have been mesmerized by this gift of God.
I know most of you are not Opera fans. But you don't really have to be a fan of opera to appreciate the pure, rich and golden voice of this legendary tenor.
To me his voice was no less magnificant then the Alps.

But he was more than a voice. He had presence that few others have. His intense eyes, huge form and electric smile have made him larger than life.

Here is a clip of Nessun Dorma, which became his signature piece over the years.
A clip of him and Bon Jovi..for those that need a "pop" setting to appreciate the voice.

I was just stunned this morning to read of his passing.
The voice the New York Times called "like molten gold pouring out of his mouth" has been silenced...

I woke up this morning and The Alps were gone..

Arrivaderci Luciano....




14 Comments:

Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

It's a true loss..

Since he was Catholic...
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

September 06, 2007 2:24 PM  
Blogger Spelling Mistakes said...

Amen

September 06, 2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger chaverah said...

hello there, i come back to your blog and the first thing i see is Pavarotti. yes it is sad that he died but its weird to see a dedication on a frum blog.

September 07, 2007 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David,
You help us to find those sparks in life--sparks that transcend the captivity of classification.
That was beautiful. Thanks for causing us, who look to you, to look and appreciate other places as well.

September 08, 2007 9:38 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

fashionista...
amen..

spelling mistakes...
amen to that too...

chaverah...
I'm mourning what I feel is a loss to me and the world..
and welcome back..Hope ur summer was nice..

anonymous...
Thanks..
Theres beauty all over..

September 09, 2007 11:07 AM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

Boruch Dayan HaEmes...

It is interesting that you are able to derive such pleasure from a goy's talent... in some ways it seems wrong and in others it's so right.

I would say you made me a goyish-music-listener except Dreamer posted Simon and Garfinkel a coupla months back... :P

Seriously, though, I notice you've been posting a lot of relevant videos to your posts... From the bottom of my heart, I recommend that you avoid getting into YouTube. It is treacherous terrain.

September 09, 2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

bas...
I dont see anything wrong.
Its a natural gift that God gave him..why shouldnt I enjoy it?
Oh come on..what do I post already?
Some Classical Music here and there?

September 10, 2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

David, don't worry, I checked with a Chasidishe rebbe I'm friends with (such things happen): halachically there's no objection whatsoever to letting a Jew listen to a non-Jew (female or male) singing. Besides, if not for Gypsy and Celtic influences, klezmer wouldn't be what it turned out to be either. Even in the ghettos of Spain and the shtetl of Eastern Europe Jews didn't live in a hermeneutically closed off environment, particularly not in terms of culture. Yes, there were progroms, but there also were many years and places of peaceful co-existence and cultural exchange. "Latkes", challah (the particular way it's made) and herring were picked up in the Rhineland, along with many wedding traditions and many more things. It's a very interesting and important topic in Jewish history studies.

September 11, 2007 1:56 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

fashionista...
Thats 100% correct.
There has never really been an authentic Jewish sound in the past 1000+ years.

September 11, 2007 11:20 PM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

David, besides a kvetch ;)

The singing of psalms as is done by Orthodox Christians probably is pretty authentic as they preserved the liturgy that came into being among the early Christians around the time of the destruction of the Temple.

September 12, 2007 2:39 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

fashionista...
lol

Thats true..Early church music has been traced back..and has elements of temple motifs..(at least thats the thesis).
The oldest known Jewish motifs are The Magen Avot motif of the Friday night prayers..

September 12, 2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

david - gosh, you idolized the man... lol...

yes, his voice was magnificent... my dad made me listen to him a number of times...

September 19, 2007 10:48 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

oh no..i dont idolize him...
Just appreciate the beauty he added to this world..

September 20, 2007 11:05 AM  
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