As I was driving home one day I heard the opening lines of At Last sung by Etta James and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. Sure, she had a divine voice and its a great song, but the song is somehow weighted with significance for me. There’s a few of them; where the beauty of the voice, the sadness of the life cut short or the events associated with the song take it to a different level. In no particular order:
Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy (should be Fields Of Gold really but the vocal is so pure on this and the arrangement is fantastic)
Nkosi Sikelel iafrika- in the funeral scene from Cry Freedom in particular but any arrangement will do
Try a little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Need Your Love So Bad – Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green creating the perfect guitar tone)
Run – Leona Lewis (I know…no idea)
All the time in the world – Louis Armstrong
And as the Olympics showed: Close your eyes and imagine how you would feel as a member of Team GB with tens of thousands of people watching, the Union Flag sliding up the poles between France and the United States and the National Anthem playing. Would you not have a small tear of pride as thousands sing along?