RIP Luciano Pavarotti

Famed Opera Tenor Luciano Pavarotti passed away, finally succumbing to the pancreatic cancer he was diagnosed with last year.

I owe much of my musical sensibilities to my mother who was passionate in her search for good music past and present. Thanks to her I grew up on a steady diet of Mozart and The Beatles, Ice-T and Flock of Seagulls. My dad, a devout and staunch fan of Country and Western, would never understand my mother’s taste in music, but I was somehow lucky enough to not be pigeon-holed into just one genre of music like he was.

To my mother, music was the voice of generations, the sound of eras. It could move us to rage, to passion, and in some few cases, spiritual transcendence. It was the rare voice that would let the atheist glimpse God, and lift the lowest spirit among the clouds.

Luciano Pavarotti possessed such a voice. The portly tenor’s power and control not only exemplified the art of operatic vocalizing, but his charismatic persona helped a new generation fixated on pop music find a connection with the classic artistry of arias and overtures.

In his career, Pavarotti’s performances reached out to the music of the day, leading to performances with contemporary artists that stunned crowds.

Bono:

The Late Barry White:

Queen:

Even James Brown:

But this is not the Pavarotti that, sitting in the sun drenched living room with my mother, I was introduced to. As we mark the passing of a great tenor, I want to share with you the music that would sting at our eyes and send goose bumps shivering up our arms.

Ave Maria:

Requiéscat in pace

4 Responses to “RIP Luciano Pavarotti”

  1. Oh man, I need to call my family – this will not be a happy day.

  2. Didn’t think it would happen, but I started crying as I listend to Ave Maria. Haven’t heard it in so long…

  3. You wouldn’t knowif I got the Italian right, would you? It was poorly researched.

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