I cry at the joy and jubilation of others, I cry on the feel-good Canadian Tire ads (remember the one about the bike in the back of the pick up?) and I cry when great music makes me feel exuberant and joyful.
Recently I watched David Foster: Off the Record and man did that open my emotional pores.
There’s a lot of music that stirs me, watching the David Foster special was an extreme version of a musical stirring. But really doesn’t everyone want to feel that exhilaration? Shouldn’t everyone feel it? I mean it’s a BIG feel good feeling.
With David Foster the cause to show emotion came at different moments, different causes – but there is one common thread, it was an exceptional moment, a musical or personal moment.
The magic is watching Foster know what he wants, work towards it and then we get to hear the results, it’s breathtaking. It’s not just about having talent, but about knowing people and having the instinct to know what can be great. Foster is a musical Rainmaker.
Foster is responsible for getting some of the most memorable performances, not just of new voices but some of the greatest there are. The special had many moments and I cold have talked about them all, but here are four.
Moment number 1: One of my favourite Lps is “Broadway” by Barbra Streisand and on that collection is a David Foster produced track ‘Someday’. Foster falls into producing the track because of a studio mic that is turned on during a break in recording. Streisand hears Foster purposely tinkling on the piano, loves what she hears, and it seems that David Foster has his big break.
Moment number 2: Foster takes a young famous singer from Quebec and turned her into a world icon. Driving in the rain, 100 miles to Montreal Foster hears the voice of the future – Celine Dion. It’s a partnership that started in 1990 and lives on today. Listening to Foster and Dion talk about their history and their work together it’s clear they made of the same fabric of drive talent and humility. It’s no surprise the success they have together.
Moment number 3: When great talents collide, you can only expect greatness. For the movie the Bodyguard which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner the search for a song to be the staple of the film. Deciding on came from Costner who suggested the song to Foster, after hearing Linda Ronstadt sing it. The surprise of the song was that the version Costner heard missed the last verse – Foster only heard about this when he called Dolly Parton who wrote the song about another great Porter Wagoner. In this moment, of “I will always love you”, these 6 degrees of separation come together for an unforgettable moment in music.
Moment number 4: When you have perfect pitch, you can spot a ‘voice’ even from a cassette tape. But let’s be honest, sometimes it takes a bit of luck to push the talent a head a few steps. Hired off a cassette tape by David Foster, Groban filled in for Andrea Bocelli to rehearse with Celine Dion for the 1999 Grammy Awards. But this moment was not just about Foster, it was also about Dion who is shown taking the then 17-year-old Groban under her wing during the rehearsals. The video shot by Groban’s parents have Dion tenderly working with the young singer as the world icon pays forward her success to Fosters next big thing.
Add these moments, along with so many more from the career of David Foster together and there you have it a rush of emotional exhilaration. These are amazing moments to remember and they can come at any time. When you have one, take hold of it and ride as long as you can. Those moments that I’ve had and the songs I’ve heard become special and stay with me forever.
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