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November 3rd, 2007

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07:33 pm - The Obligatory Paul Potts Entry
Better late than never. I've just been listening to Nessun Dorma sung by Paul Potts and then by Pavarotti back to back. My initial thought is that if both of them were in, say, HMS Pinafore, Pavarotti should play the Captain and Paul Potts should play Rafe.

If you never saw Paul Potts' audition video on "Britain's Got Talent," see if you can find a bootleg copy out there. It's wonderful. Don't bother trying You-Tube -- it's been removed from there for "copyright" reasons.


ETA: In the comments, someone has found a link to Paul's audition video on YouTube. Also, what I meant by the "Pinafore" comment was that Pavarotti's voice was "older" and richer than Potts', while Potts sounded more like the "young male lead." I was wondering if Potts really had a great voice, or if it was just his whole story that made it seem like it, but listening to he and Pavarotti doing the same aria back to back really sort of brought it home that, yes, his voice is pretty damn good.

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Date:November 4th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Paul's audition video and many other videos since that first audition
are still available on youtube...try myredroom. Some youtube users have had their accounts suspended for a violation of some kind but Paul's videos are still there.

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Date:November 4th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh, awesome, thanks. I tried a few that I knew of but at least three were taken down for copyright violation.
Date:November 5th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :) Did you listen to some of the audio from his CD yet? They are even better yet! This is a link to my page on youtube where I have saved some of his videos and audio. If you want you can go there and enjoy to your hearts content. http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Marcia409

The people that got taken off youtube for violation of some sort didn't get taken off because they had Paul's videos on there...according to a couple of people that knew them personally. There are other reasons to get kicked off you tube so you should be able to see and listen to Paul's music there for a long time I HOPE. Be sure to click on "see all 15 favorites" down at the bottom of the first page to get to all of them. You can also buy his CD, it's well worth having.

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Date:November 5th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Haha! Thanks! I did buy his CD, actually -- got it for my Dad for his birthday, and I also bought most of the tracks from it off iTunes. (That's where I got the Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti and Paul so I could play them back to back.)

I can't count the number of my friends who've said, "I don't care for opera, but I love Paul Potts' voice!" It's just such a cool story, and he seems like such a lovely person. Plus, of course, that wonderful voice!
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Date:November 4th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
Who? Pinawhatwhat?

Okay, goddamn... (that one probably won't last long, either) Lots of teary eyes in that house.

I think I'd go my middle name if I were him, though.
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Date:November 5th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! My Dad said, "How'd you find him? Doing a search on Vietnamese dictators?"
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Date:November 4th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
I admit I get teary listening to Paul Potts - not because of fangirl squee, but because good opera sung well just does me in. Pavarotti, however... no words. Compare this one from 1982: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Cr5vpHtJIlg
with his final performance: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZaufjDVYivc

I do agree with your assessment of the difference in their voices. Going to crank up La Boheme and snivel...
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Date:November 5th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Goddamn Puccini, man. That fucker did good opera. Suor Angelica absolutely killed me when I saw it.

Heh. I'm sort of a contradiction -- I absolutely adore well-sung opera and a lot of classical music, but I don't listen to it very often because half the time I end up just sobbing my eyes out from the sheer joy of it.

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