This week, we’re looking at Helen Bird’s Six Sensational Songs. Helen first saw Alfie at the Festival of Remembrance in 2007, a fresh faced young man, singing Bring Him Home. At the time she just thought nothing of the singer, just that it was an apt song for Remembrance Weekend. These are Helen’s six songs:
Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Helen says ” I adore this film especially this song”.
I Vow To Thee My Country. Helen says “This hymn reminds me of the many military church services I attended with my hubby whilst he was serving in the Army. I’ve chosen Linda Wellington’s footage of Alfie accompanied by The Central Band of The Royal British Legion at the First World War Commemorative Concert, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle as this sounds just amazing.”
If I Can Dream from Storyteller. Helen chose this as everyone has hopes and dreams and this sums it all up.
O Holy Night from Boston Pops’ Sleigh Ride. Helen says “This is a hymn that will always remind me of my dear departed Mum, albeit I first saw and heard it being sung by Mario Lanza in the film The Great Caruso when we watched films on a Saturday afternoon, usually whilst she did the ironing.”
Love Reign O’er Me from Classic Quadrophenia. This was the first time that Helen heard this song live, at Alfie and Michael’s outdoor concert at Walcot Hall in Shropshire in July 2017. This was the second time Helen had seen Alfie live, the first being Birmingham in 2013.
Bring Him Home, Alfie’s signature song. Helen says “I first heard him sing this back in 2007. Although I didn’t start appreciating Alfie’s voice until my daughters brought home the DVD of the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables and I sat there transfixed to the TV, listening to the voice we all truly love. I decided to choose the 2007 Festival of Remembrance version because to me it brings to mind the importance of when it was performed and also because of my hubby’s military background. He lost several comrades during his time served and if he went away on exercise, I used to say to myself after he had left the house, bring him home safely.”
Thank you Helen for sharing your six sensational songs with us – three more new songs to add to our list!
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