The summer tour is over but no need to cry because we are in the rather unusual position of having lots to look forward to! Performances in three countries, a new album, we’re in danger of being rather spoilt in the latter half of 2017.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at six more sensational songs, this time from Karen Rogers. I first met Karen, very briefly, at a Storyteller album signing in London’s Oxford Street and since then we have run into each other at several concerts, culminating in a memorable evening in Bournemouth last year. Ball and Boe were the warm up act for an absolutely hilarious evening with our Boe Buddies – how many Alfie Boe fans can you get into a single hotel room was the name of the game! Here are Karen’s six songs:
A Living Prayer, which appears in this series for the fourth time now. Karen says “I’m not religious in any shape or form but absolutely love this song. The words, even as a non believer are so very beautiful. The video that accompanies the song is lovely too and adds to the emotion.”
Bring Him Home at the 25th anniversary concert. Karen says that she chose it because “as Alfie’s signature song how could I not include it? However the reason I chose it was because of the memories it evokes. I never thought I would get to see Alfie, live, in Les Miserables but when he announced he would be reprising the role in New York I knew I had to get there. I went with the lovely Carole Hunt and we saw him 4 times. Each time was as special as the first. The picture in my head of him sat at the barricade with Marius at his side asleep as he sings it brings tears to my mind every time. Very special times.” We don’t have footage of his stage appearances so I chose this video as the next best thing.
Doctor Jimmy, from Classic Quadrophenia – what a fabulous evening that was. Karen says “I absolutely love this song for the totally shallow reason that Alfie says the f’ word!!! I know its awful to admit but I do. The raw emotion as he swears is amazing. As the wife of a Who fan who was totally bowled over by Alfie’s performance at the RAH I cannot put into words how special it all was.”
Run – Karen’s choice because “it’s a fabulous song with wonderful words but given the Alfie Boe treatment becomes an all time great anthem.”
It’s Only Love – another song that gets me up and dancing every time! Karen chose it as she “absolutely adored Alfie on the Storyteller Tour. It is as a Rock God that I adore him the most.His performance of the song as he charged from side of the stage to the other, jumping on the speakers in those tight jeans was sublime.”
O Sole Mio / Now or Never at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Karen says “again it shows his versatility as he goes from classic to rock and roll. The highlight for me of the Queens Jubilee. Rocking out in his tight black jeans (I do love him in tight jeans!) and lovely black shirt. Doing what no one expected him to do and bringing the house down in the process. Fantastic!”
Thanks Karen for six very different choices – I love seeing the songs people choose and the reasons why.
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