The first Six Sensational Songs post for 2018 is from Karen Blower. I first met Karen in a virtual sense on Twitter as we both had a love of Alfie Boe and also both blogged about music; Karen is also a huge Il Divo fan. Karen first became aware of Alfie via the Royal Variety performance that featured him as part of the Les Mis medley and of course, since then, Alfie has graced that stage twice more. Here are Karen’s choices:
Of course, Bring Him Home, from a few years ago and in Karen’s words, “enough said”. No further reasons needed!
Tell Me It’s Not True, from the Together Again tour. Karen chose this because “Blood Brothers is a favourite musical of mine and Alfie’s version of the iconic song is amazing, especially when sang with Michael Ball”.
It’s Over, from the Storyteller days. Karen says that “I grew up listening to Roy Orbison and Alfie is one of only a few singers who can do proper justice to his songs”. Yes indeed, and I still love have a chuckle that Alfie opened his set with a song called It’s Over!
Over The Hills and Far Away, at the Festival of Remembrance in 2011. This one gives Karen goosebumps – and I’m sure she’s not the only one!
Forever Young, again at the Festival of Remembrance, this time in 2013. Alfie has of course appeared twice more in recent years, being, in Huw Edwards’ words, “a great friend of the festival”. As with the previous choice, Forever Young is just beautiful and gives Karen goosebumps.
Finally, Love Reign O’er Me from Classic Quadrophenia, this time from the Together tour 2016. Karen acknowledges that this is a popular song by saying “again, yes I know but the emotion and power he puts into this, how can you not put it on the list?” Quite – it was on my list!
Thanks Karen for sharing your six songs with us – yet again, two new songs to add to the list!
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