I came across this video and really enjoyed watching Tracy Chapman performing with Pavarotti. They have such different styles and yet they managed to pull off an entertaining performance. I was intrigued to see how they would mix his operatic Italian style and her English folky voice in one song but they seemed to play it safe and not overlap too much which was wise as their voices are quite distinct.
I think what struck me most was realizing how often Pavarotti would support, collaborate and perform with other musicians. In our competing society, it is unusual to see an artist perform with varying musicians all the time and I think that’s what made Pavarotti quite unique. I believe he also showed a sense of humility and creativity in his willingness to collaborate with so many artists.
I often share with musician friends of mine that we need to give more support and encouragement to each other rather than mimicking the competitive nature that exists in the artistic community. Our society is infected with the attitude of wanting to be the top of one’s field and stay ahead of others rather than excelling because we are motivated to fulfil our own potential. There is room for many gems to shine… To play my part and show some support, I have a little table in our livingroom where I have displayed CDs from several of my musician friend’s for sale. It is a joy to be able to assist and support them whenever I can.