- Audio CD (12 Feb 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Manhattan
- ASIN: B00005Y1YC
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Basically, Rodriguez uses two different voices on this album: the big full-bodied tenor we heard on "God Bless America," and a very expressive musical theatre voice.
He uses his that big voice on the some great material, which he only improves on. "The Lord's Prayer" was certainly inspired by Mario Lanza's, but Rodriguez makes it all his own with a few personal touches, like unique phrasing. The only problem is that it WILL make your speakers rattle (and your heart melt, for that matter.)
The arrangement of "America the Beautiful" is well, beautiful. Here a choir takes the second verse. But Rodiguez and company team together for the big finish that will have you waving every flag you own.
Then there are the show tunes. I've never been very into Broadway (we get so little exposure to it in Wisconsin.) But after listening to Officer's Rodriguez's interpretations of tunes like "You'll Never Walk Alone," I just might seek it out.(I read that he actually started a troupe that performs show tunes at functions throughout the city: long before his current wave of success.) Be prepared for the monster note at the end of "This is the Moment." It will have you running for an oxygen tank just listening to it.
No doubt, Rodriguez lost many colleagues in the tragic events of 9/11. While it's sad that it took a horrendous tragedy to make middle America aware of this tremendous voice, it has been a huge part of the healing process for many Americans (including myself.) He shows that we still can (and should) go after those dreams we had before that day, and that doing so honors the memory of those we lost.
God bless you, Officer Rodriguez!
Has anyone heard GOD BLESS AMERICA sung with such feeling since Kate Smith? I doubt it. Many have sung it, but in many cases seem to want to change the music. Rodriguez is right on the mark!
I hope that we will not have to wait too long before Rodriguez cuts another CD.
I'm especially happy that some of our best-loved songs are included here, such as "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Lord's Prayer," "America the Beautiful'" "The House I Live In," "Danny Boy," and of course, "God Bless America."
Thank you to Tom Scott (producer/arranger), Manhattan Records, and everyone who collaborated on this project for a fantastic job well done. And to you too, Daniel, for possessing a fine tenor voice!!!
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