Just three more weeks of the poll to find out your favourite Alfie Boe recorded song – and we come to his signature tune, Bring Him Home:
Bring Him Home is of course a constant in Alfie’s live performances and in this annual poll; twice being voted number one and never being lower than number four. So much has been written about Alfie and this song (quote a lot of it by me!) and it’s always a challenge to come up with something new to say about it, so this time, I’ll let Alfie do the talking with an extract from his autobiography, My Story. Alfie is talking about his life changing appearance at the Les Mis 25th anniversary concert:
I knew that Bring Him Home would be my moment, the golden key. I knew that was it. ‘Boy needs a song!’ It’s incredible, how that song came to me again, after our false alarm with the Festival of Remembrance. We knew that was the one, but it disappeared, and we didn’t think of it again until Cameron Mackintosh knocked on the door. And it is such a spiritual song, it’s so special. When Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil write it they must have been excited. They must have known they had something special…Herbert Kretzmer was really stumped with the lyrics, he didn’t know what words would fit to these three syllable lines. The John Caird, the co-director, said the melody sounded like a prayer, and Herbert wrote it overnight. It is a prayer, it’s acutally called The Prayer, it’s not officially called Bring Him Home, and I treat it as such every time I sing it. I pray. That’s what makes it work.
Beautiful words from Alfie – and for those who don’t know, Alfie sang Bring Him Home at the Festival of Remembrance in 2007 and Harvey Goldsmith said, “boy needs a song” after the performance. It just took a few more years to really get hold of it!
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