Thursday, March 30, 2006

Time, Love and Tenderness
Michael Bolton started last night's concert with "Soul Provider", clad in an all black outfit, his close cropped hair neat, his raspy voice booming and echoing through out the Araneta Coliseum.
Sadly, he performed to a lukewarm audience reaction amidst empty seats of the vast arena, but I loved every single minute of it.
His repertoire included 17 songs (yes, I counted them) from most of his albums. A varied mix of tunes like "To love Somebody" (Bee Gees), "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" (Otis Redding), "Georgia on my Mind" (Ray Charles). Hits from his Vintage Album like "You Don't Know Me", "Summertime". A few songs from his soon to be released album (May 2006) Bolton sings Sinatra Big Band such as "Fly Me to the Moon", "New York, New York" and "For Once in My Life". He also sang a popular aria "Nessum Dorma" hitting the high notes with an ease only a seasoned tenor can carry well.
The best part for me though is when he re-appeared in the audience after a short break. This time, he was dressed in a refreshing white long sleeves shirt and tight jeans and crooned "When a Man Loves a Woman", his soulful rendition always gives me the chills.
The audience clamored for an encore which he promptly indulged by playing a bright blue electric guitar while singing "Rock me Baby" and ended the night with an acapella rendition of "How am I supposed to live without you?"
Definitely an intimate and cosy night to remember!
I will now take comfort in the words of my favorite song of his: Time, Love and Tenderness.

When love puts you through the fire
When love puts you through the test
Nothing cures a broken heart
Like time, love and tenderness
When you think your world is over
Baby just remember this
Nothing heals a broken heart
Like time, love and tenderness
Time, love and tenderness

I understand how you're feeling now
And what you've been through
But your world's gonna turn around
So baby don't you be blue
All it takes is a little time
To make it better
The hurt won't last forever

Oh, all the tears are gonna dry you know
'Cause someday you'll laugh at the heartache
Someday you'll laugh at the pain
You may be down on your luck
But baby that old luck's gonna change

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