Last week I got to do a bucket list type activity.
Wait – back it up.. Years ago I really wanted to see the Three Tenors (Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras) live. With Luciano’s passing it wasn’t going to happen. I missed out.
This past December when I saw Andrea Bocelli was coming to Minneapolis in six months, I bought tickets the moment they went live. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity a second time.
Honestly I really didn’t know what to expect. All I knew is I thought he had a great voice and I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to see someone of that caliber and genre live. I just had high hopes it would be a great memory.
My short term memory is pretty poor, but my long term memory for extraordinary events is pretty close to photographic. I remember every last detail. As the performance started, I wondered what memory I would take with me. Would it be Bocelli’s powerful voice? The perfect union of singer and orchestra? The crazy overpriced, but yet mediocre drinks?????
Ironically, I came to hear; but what I walked away with was what I saw.
Soon after his birth in 1958, Bocelli, 57, was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma which made him partially blind. He then lost his vision completely at the age of 12 years after he was hit on the head during a game of football. Because if this, the conductor escorts Bocelli on and off stage multiple time during the performance – it’s clearly well rehearsed.
What will always stick with me is, as he was being escorted on and off stage to thunderous applause, is Bocelli’s most genuine and appreciative smile.
This guy truly loves what he does!
How many of us have Bocelli’s passion and love for what we do? And – if we don’t, how many of us have the courage to change it?