On This Day, 23 April 2011, Alfie Boe Sang…

…in the pouring rain in Trafalgar Square for the St. George’s Day celebrations:

This is Nikki Lewis’ video and it’s her birthday today so – thank you and Happy Birthday Nikki!

Of course, back in 2011, Alfie had not performed this song in public that much – he was at the beginning of his Bring Him Home journey.  He would go on to perform this song many, many times – must be in the hundreds by now – and over the time, it’s interesting to see how his interpretation has changed.  Here is his last concert performance at Leeds in 2015 (thanks to Linda W):

Beautiful – I confess a liking for the simple, pared down version of 2015 and I’m also quite partial to Alfie’s look these days!

A few weeks ago I asked you to tell me what Bring Him Home means to you and you duly obliged – thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.  These are just a few of the comments:

Carole N: To me Bring Him Home will always be Alfie. I have listened to many versions and no one brings so much emotion to the song,i still cry when I listen to it!

Jo Cassidy: Bring Him Home is the quiet strength in the midst of noisy, busy battle scenes. It is the realisation that when things are outside our control we can hand them over to God and leave them in his strength, and the humility to know that others’ lives may be more important than our own. It is quite simply the most beautiful song that I know.

Linda Gleason: First of all it’s a prayer of supplication and it’s usually the song I run to put on my CD player when I’m really down. That it’s Alfie’s song” lightens my heart and I say the words as he sings them. My soul is healed, and I can go on.

Kathryn Frankenberger: Bring Him Home was simply the magical door that opened my ears and heart to Alfie. I’ll never be able to thank my husband enough for showing me the O2 concert on the DVD he promptly bought after hearing Alfie. I was on a trip at the time and would never have known about Alfie’s genius if not for my sweet hubby.

Thank you ladies for sharing your thoughts with us.

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