Below is the blog post of a colleague, Arren Liza, to whom I shared the same experience for the night. Read along…
I am one of more than twenty thousand people who went to Araneta Coliseum tonight to watch David Foster make beautiful music at his piano while his friends sang their hearts out to songs that are both beautiful and timeless. This is one night I will never forget. I never even expected to watch the concert until an hour before the program started. As one of the sponsors for the event, I was given the chance to watch the show for free! I sat at the hard, aisle stair for three hours but it was all worth it!
The show started with David Foster at the piano and he told the audience about his experience here in the Philippines afterward. He noticed that Filipinos are very happy people and that we love music. He was right on both counts. Later on he hinted that he wanted to come back next year, perhaps do a show on Valentine’s day. I’ll watch out for that one.
The entire concert was a musical feast. I enjoyed every minute of it. The performers are really great and talented artists. There were many songs sang but some stood out for me because of the emotion they evoked. David Foster introduced the Canadian Tenors first. I was torn between screaming for joy and savoring their music while they were singing. I opted to be quiet to truly listen to the song. They sang ‘The Prayer’ and I had goosebumps. They are amazing! The Canadian Tenors are a vocal quartet consisting of Remigio, Clifton, Victor and Fraser.
Natalie Cole took the stage next. The whole crowd sang ‘I Miss You Like Crazy’ with her and David Foster stopped playing the piano to look at the singing audience. And then Natalie sang ‘Unforgettable’ which brought tears to my eyes and made me decide that this would be one of my wedding songs.
Next came Ruben Studdard and his beautiful renditions of ‘I Swear’ and ‘Home’. At this point I could have floated in the air. David Foster claimed that Ruben could come up with a song just by giving him a few words. David asked the audience to give any words. The words given were ‘So many years’ and ‘I’ll be there for you forever’ by two George’s from the audience. It was complete coincidence that they had the same name. And we were simply amazed at the two songs that was created by just these words in the impromptu song-inventing session of David and Ruben. Ruben came up with the words while David provided the music. Only a few people could come up with beautiful songs like that in just the span of a few seconds.
As an intermission, David Foster roamed around the audience area to ask some to sing. We enjoyed the special audience participation of Randy Santiago, Pilita Corrales and Arnel Pineda. I wonder who else was in the audience tonight.
And then came Peter Cetera whose every song garnered an ‘aaaaawwwww’ reaction from the crowd, myself included. The songs he sang are the songs that my parents and their siblings listen to. I learned to love and appreciate these songs and I have no doubt that many more people will.
Lastly, came Charice. She is vastly different from when she started two years ago. She was a great singer then, but she became better. This is a young woman who is very nice and shy, but transforms into a powerful performer once she starts singing. She is a whole different person when she sings. All her songs for the night are flawless and brought the crowd to their feet. She gained four standing ovations tonight if my counting was right.
The entire performance deserved a standing ovation and that is what they got. I wish there was more and I am hoping for a next time. I am going to save for the next David Foster and Friends concert here in the Philippines. For now, I came home with my ear happy and my heart singing.
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