Welcome to the fourth in the occasional series celebrating Six Sensational Songs from Alfie Boe – each post features six songs chosen by a thoughtsofjustafan reader and this time it’s the turn of Sheila Currie. Sheila first became an Alfie fan after seeing him in Les Mis on PBS and recently saw him in concert in New York, also having the opportunity to wish him well before the concert! Sheila says about Alfie:
I could pick many more than six songs, certainly. Alfie Boe is someone who will not pass this way again in my lifetime. His voice goes in my ear directly to my heart.
Here we go with Sheila’s songs:
A Living Prayer, also chosen by Betty Valentine, was chosen by Sheila because “this was on the first CD I bought of Alfie’s after his Les Mis performance on PBS. I loved the video especially. He takes this song of Alison Krause to a hymn like quality.”
If I Loved You, from Carousel – this one might be very popular amongst Alfie fans these days! Sheila says “I sang this song growing up in school choir and it just pulls at my heartstrings.”
Bridge Over Troubled Water was chosen by Sheila as it ” reminded me of my early married life during Vietnam era. I loved it then just as much”.
Forever Young, chosen because “Alfie’s reworking of this Dylan song to remind us of those who have sacrificed for us was incredible, especially the PBS Memorial Day concert”.
Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna, also chosen by Betty Valentine, was chosen by Sheila because “this beautiful song reminds me of my voice teacher and her passion for Italian opera”.
Where’er You Walk. As Sheila says “An old song but I can still sing it as if it was just yesterday.
Thank you Sheila for sharing your six sensational songs with us.
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There must be something rather special about Fratello Sole since it keeps getting referenced by different people, inclluding myself. Like A living prayer, it’s a very obscure song that sounds very different from its original form. Of course, it appeals to his classical fans but I hope he will perform it someday.
Great choices Sheila. He’s really able to connect to us all in a very personal way x