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More than just a voice
on 29 March 2014
If you ever wondered what it would be like to be the centre of an entourage and have to shoulder the ultimate responsibility for delivering 'on time, every time'- then this DVD delivers. Sure, Celine Dion has many helpers and enjoys the attention and adoration of more than just her fans. However, the pressure of her world tour was relentless.
This is a warts and all DVD. While it depicts her in less than flattering poses and places, without make-up, singing off key, singing with a distinct nasal tone at times, the documentary provides insight into her persona without being voyeuristic or distastefully invasive.
Clearly her family is the love of her life, so too her sizeable number of musicians, dancers and support organisers. She is depicted as a leader who inspires and connects with many. The scale of the productions, the attention to detail and the need to be 'on point' is evident. Even walking through the crowds with security guards needs close scrutiny.
It is the clip when Celine tells her security team, that there is a problem with how they are walking too slowly, in front of her or standing on her dress that the viewer is able to see how incisive she is in solving problems. She communicates clearly, respectfully and incisively.
You get the impression that there is rarely time to waste, for her to relax and unwind. I think her husband has admirable patience and understanding, allowing her to come back to earth slowly after the high of doing a show. He has his foibles, his blue shoes and dry sense of humour. He knows he shares her with the world and he seems accepting and relaxed about that. Both their devotion to their son is evident.
While the trappings of fame and fortune are easy to see in the DVD, so too are the stresses and the routine of repeating the same show on many continents. That said, no two shows can be the same. Accidents happen, illnesses appear, equipment malfunctions, dancers get injured, replacements have to learn the moves in a few days. Throughout, the impression is that those involved are respected and their own lives as well. Fans who are devoted, who have waited years to see their star, get a piece of Celine's time too.
Celine seems driven to please people. To push herself and use every moment and piece of energy in her quest to bring the best experience to the people she meets. Clearly she takes her responsibility of delivering her art and the songs of her writers, very seriously. She is am concerned and consummate professional.
For some, Celine's use of vocal gymnastics or 'technique' for effect is not appealing. Or the obvious indulgences in endless sentimentality. I am ambivalent about quite a large slice of her music catalogue, yet am hugely impressed by some of her CDs. I prefer her singing in her native tongue. Clichéd I know, but I find her voice sounds more settled, more relaxed or more at home.
No matter her critics for singing covers, for singing schmaltz at times, her fans and her people adore and respect her. She uses and shares her talents the best she can. Her end product is cleverly created and delivered to a very high standard. I for one, would never envy her success, she certainly has had to work for it and as she said, sometimes "at what price?".
Celine Dion is more than just a voice. Watch the DVD, see and hear for yourself.