Facing the Giants

April 1, 2012

Culture

One of my friends posted this video on Facebook. I usually avoid such videos, not liking to get swept up in the latest fad or hype. But this had some description about a kid who sings opera with a marvelous voice, so I watched the video. Yes, yes, it’s a lot of hype– boy, that Simon Cowell can sure tinker with the emotions. But the kid has a beautiful, rich voice.

“The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

The video reminds me of a singing teacher I once had. He was an opera singer in New York, and also taught classes at drama school. He’d once made the observation that the most powerful singers are usually very “big” people. Ella Fitzgerald, Mario Caruso, Judy Garland, Kate Smith, Luciano Pavarotti, etc. He compared these singers to athletes. Like most football players needs a big, solid body, singers have a certain physique that makes their voices rich and powerful. I personally don’t know anything about the physiology of a singer, but I do notice that opera singers and others who can “belt it out” are usually larger than the average person and constantly have “problems” with their weight.

I’m happy for Jonathan. I’m also happy for Charlotte, because without her love and support, Jonathan would still just be a bullied schoolboy.

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