I came to buy Pure.. and more
is a strange little story that led me to her CD Pure. I'd never
heard of her, but a subliminal message came from
a snippet on TV when I thought what a seriously competent singer
& an unusual voice, then I saw the CD in town and wondered
can this one sing, for a change ?
was when Doreen nudged me at the TV ad again that I realised
& I rushed into town & got it. Good job I was on my
own that afternoon because by the time I reached the second
part of HINE E HINE I was in tears. Then I just stood transfixed,
in mute disbelief playing the whole CD over & over. I phoned
my best friends and made them order it. I automatically bought
another for my friends Ambar & Monali (from India) &
gave it to Ambar at the Bank where I work. Ambar couldn't believe
his luck Because he'd wanted it but hadn't yet obtained it.
That evening they played it over & over, and Ambar bumped
sleepily out of bed the next morning and gave himself another
"fix" before he came into work ! We actually reserved
a meeting room & discussed our concerns that the sharks
out there wouldn't be allowed to tear her to pieces or seduce
her down the wrong career path or image, perhaps causing her
career to falter. On seeing the family photos I can sense there
is no fear of such things happening - this is a strong, cohesive
story continues: I found out about her other albums & managed
to get the "Hayley Westenra" one imported. What can
I say, words fail me. There quite simply IS a Paradise out there
& this is a strong hint to us all. The Ave Maria (Bach)
is simply stratospheric & I play it over and over. What
a wonderful voice - round, so full of soul and those incredible,
goose-bumping, tear-inducing high notes. I am accustomed to
classical singers being screechy, fruity and a bit much to take.
Hayley has all the force of a great artist but with a magic
and NICENESS that has incredibly wide appeal. She is a tremendously
exciting, fresh new artist and I'm itching to know what she'll
be recording next. I ought to be receiving my "Gift to
you" CD (import)quite soon also.
big passion among singers used to be Roy Orbison starting in
the 1960s & it serves me right that I recently stated to
the Universe "There is no female counterpart, not with
such soul". I got a batch of Hayley-induced tears for my
remarks. There have been others of note - the Welsh girl Mary
Hopkin, for example but as I said to Ambar "I haven't heard
anything like this in 30 years". He phoned his father in
India & told him all about it.
wonder could you pass the attached to Hayley as (i) a possible
foundation for a song or not as the case might be (ii) an expression
of appreciation from our group here - I wrote it years ago to
test my own powers of expression, & yes it was hard to do
& is just sitting on my laptop. Ambar really likes it so
it must be OK. If Hayley likes it please tell her any silly
"Copyright" is hers. Otherwise no matter. I did e-mail
it to her friend Krissi via her website & asked her to pass
it on but things do get lost in the ether out there !
thanks for replying in the first place. Christmas is coming
up, I have my wine & Hayley CDs, Now then, what wine goes
best with Hayley's voice ....
Lewis couldn't find a picture of himself, or Doreen, so we'll
just have to let his pal Kerry do the talking for the moment!
Yes, that's Kerry up at the top right of this page. Woof-woof.
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