There are many songs that move me...spirituals, arias, folk tunes, soaring Broadway ballads...music of all genres.
Some of them appeal to me as a performer - how I yearn to to sing certain works in the context of their original setting, be it a requiem mass, opera or stage show. To have that connection for just a moment with the audience - so tenuous and infinite all at the same time - and draw them in, make them feel and leave them changed, somehow.
Other works move me in a different way - the songs that I want, need to listen to. Many of them are well out of my range and not anything that I could ever attempt to perform. Some of them are what I turn to when I need to cry or laugh.
There are those few songs that I need. Songs that from the first moment you hear them, you think to yourself, "Ah, now if someone, some day would sing that to me..."
I learned this the hard way in college - one of the grad students - a friend of mine - was to perform an aria that was new to him at a group recital. Larry asked if he could use me to focus on for his performance; knowing how seeing a friendly face in the audience would help calm him, I agreed...not knowing it was Una Furtiva Lagrimar from Donizetti's L'elisir d'Amour.
And from that day forward, I have pined to hear someone, anyone sing it to me again, that way. So completely sublime.
And now, for Monday Music, here's the more contemporary song that holds that place - no one has ever sung this to me.
And I don't know that I would be the same again if they did.
Aaron Lazar and Katie Clarke,
Performing "Love to Me"
from Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza