The year was 1999. The song was Con Te Partiro. The hotel was the Bellagio. It was not a tryst but a distant memory of an otherworldly time I was introduced to Andrea Bocelli's sad, haunting, and soulful song - Con Te Partiro.
The phrase "Con Te Partiro" is Italian. It's English translation is "Time To Say Goodbye". The Bellagio's piped-in music 24-7 is Con Te Partiro. The music video on the hotel TV is, you guessed it right, Con Te Partiro. I didn't know the song nor the singer. I remembered calling the front desk just to ask for the title and singer of the song. So, when I went home from Las Vegas, the first thing I did was look for the Romanza album of Andrea Bocelli, and I got one.
That was a million years ago. Now, I never thought that the song can be sung by any other singer. It would seem to be a career suicide to be compared with Bocelli. Joe McElderry's new version however, is a refreshing take on the beautiful song.
Who is Joe McElderry? McElderry, now 21 years old, is the 2009 grand winner of the British talent show, The X Factor. If you are a fan of The X Factor, I am sure you have already came across with McElderry. He became famous with his rendition of Luther Vandross's Dance WIth My Father. He auditioned with that song and made a studio cover in 2011. For me, McElderry's voice borders on "androgynous" (if it's at all possible to use that word to describe a voice that could sound either male or female), but definitely pleasant to the ears. When I first heard him sing with his natural vibrato, I knew that he is a gifted singer and that his voice can very well showcase show tunes and classical pieces.
I recently stumbled upon Joe Mc Elderry's music video of the song Con Te Partiro. I was glad I did. He sounded fantastic. It was part of his 2011 album "Classics". In that album, he obviously crossed over from pop to opera, and successful at that. I love the song and I love Bocelli''s rendition. Now, I have a new favorite. If you haven't heard of the song yet, here it is. Please do watch the video. I highly recommend this beautiful song. It has a great message, too. "Leave your old baggages behind. It's time to say goodbye and move on!"