It’s a sunny Saturday here in Singapore. In another hour or so and I’m off to lunch. Hopefully it will be something interesting that I can put into my Food page. But right now I just want to talk about music, Il Divo music to be exact 😉
Hubby often asks why are the songs always sound so sad and sorrowful, save for a few like La Vida Sin Amor. Of course he doesn’t understand the foreign languages that Il Divo uses for most of its songs, and neither do I. But unlike him, I know where to look for translations and I do that for songs I really like and want to understand the stories behind the lyrics. Every song has a story and not every song of Il Divo are sad ones. Some are uplifting (like Passera which just played on my almost dying stereo 😦 ) and some are soul-cleansing, like Aleluja and Amazing Grace.
But this particular song that I’ve picked today is poignant and beautiful, and it’s not just in the lyrics that you get that kind of feelings, it’s in the voices of the Divos as well. Their delivery of the song depicts the story without one having to understand a word of Spanish. From the first word being sung by David Miller to the closing line sung also by him, you can feel the remorse and longing of a man who has lost his love. I didn’t know the meaning of the song until much later but the sadness hits me so hard when I first heard it that I could feel my throat constrict and tears threaten to fall. That’s how powerful the talent of Il Divo is. Il Divo has the power to deliver a myriad of emotions across in beautifully arranged songs regardless of any language they are sung in. Viva la Il Divo!
Here is the video. The lyrics and translations are below.
Fun Facts about the song and some observation by me;):
This song is no doubt a David Miller song because he has the most part, followed by Carlos. Sebastien and Urs have only a couple of solo lines in it but that doesn’t matter a bit. What is interesting is that the oh oh bit in the Bridge had forum members guessing who sang that. Most thought it was Seb, some thought it was David, some joked that it was Carlos and only less than a handful thought it was Urs. I myself toggled between David and Seb because David has the high tenor voice and could do a soprano bit pretty well I’m sure but Seb has the pop voice and that bit sure is pop.
But surprise, surprise! It wasn’t David or Seb and definitely not our charming baritone, THE Carlos Marin. It was Urs! Urs the under-rated (by some cynical fans’ standard his voice isn’t as good as the rest, but to me his voice is heavenly 🙂 ) ex-opera and ex-hardrock band singer! I get goosebumps every time I listen to that part even before I knew it was my Uberlord who sang it. Just have to have that out since I’m a diehard Uber 😛
Another fun observation…Did any of you notice that Carlos sang at a very low range in the chorus? I always like to analyse their voices when I listen to them on headphones and I found that he has never sung so low before in any other songs. It was like he was doing the bass instead of singing his usual baritone or even tenor range like he always preferred singing in. Put on your headphones and listen very carefully, especially towards the end where the English lyrics start 😉
Enjoy and have a good day 🙂
Lyrics & Translation:
|Hoy Que Ya No Estas Aqui (Spanish)
No dije que te amaba
Dijiste que lo amabas
As far as any man can see
|And Today You Are No Longer Here
I didn’t say that I loved you
You said that you loved me
As far as any man can see