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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Pavarotti's funeral was today

So help me, I have cried something furious in the past few days since his passing.

A lot of people really didn't know that about me: that I was a big fan of Luciano Pavarotti. And I'd always dreamed of hearing him live in concert someday. That'll never happen now.

Pavarotti is one of the best reasons why God in His graciousness has allowed us to have things like compact discs. I really believe that. If He let the printing press come about so that His word could be shared with the world, then God let sound recording and other technology happen so that the world could enjoy and stand in awe at the magnificent things He has created. Like Pavarotti's voice.

We'll be lucky if the next hundred years gives us a voice so magnificent. Heck, we'll be lucky if we get a voice so magnificent as Pavarotti's at all, ever again.

Here's another clip that I found on YouTube of him performing. This is the piece that comes most to mind whenever I think of Pavarotti: his rendition of "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot...

Words fail to describe how beautiful this is.

Thank you Pavarotti, for sharing with us for so very many of these long years the talent that God gave you.