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Sunday, April 29, 2012

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São Paulo, Brazil ~ April 26, 2012 ~ Reflection by Carlos Fiorelli 



"An Emotional and Unforgettable Musical Journey” 

All of Roger Hodgson’s concerts are unforgettable but the show in São Paulo on April 26, 2012, was very special to me, as many surprising situations occurred.  This time, Cris (my wife), and I were with another person who also loves Roger, my sister-in-law, Griselda.

After traveling 70 miles (we live in another city, Sorocaba), we arrived in São Paulo. Our musical and emotional journey began in the afternoon at soundcheck, where the atmosphere is very intimate, I would say, and also amazing! The lighting and stage were very beautiful, prepared for the big show that night. It is incredible to observe and listen to our hero, Roger, checking the sound of his keyboard, piano and finally one of his wonderful Guild 12-string guitars. He sang and played several pieces of his classics, including the beautiful "The More I Look,” one of my favorites.

The concert that night was another set of unforgettable emotions and situations.  The setlist was impeccable because besides the wonderful classics, and songs such as "Fool's Overture,” "Easy Does It,” "Sister Moonshine,” "Hide In Your Shell,” "In Jeopardy,” among others, Roger also played two of my favorite "special” songs: "Know Who You Are” and "C'est Le Bon.”  By the way, those two songs were performed in a wonderful way, and it is fascinating to watch the concentration, technique and naturalness of Roger.  These songs have chords that are unusual and not easy to perform on the acoustic guitar, but Roger plays and sings them with such naturalness that is really impressive!

However, the biggest surprise for me was when Roger played my favorite song, my eternal number one, "Death and a Zoo.”  Roger dedicated it to me with very beautiful and affectionate words.  Honestly, I feel very honored and touched every time I talk with friends, or write or remember it (as is now occurring again).  In fact, this was the greatest gift I could have in my life; my favorite song offered by my idol and hero!  It was an extremely strong emotional and psychological situation.

Cris filmed this wonderful moment for me, but of course, she was completely thrilled and her hands were trembling because of intense emotion.  I really understand what she was feeling.  In those hours, rationality is asleep, and the heart is what feels, speaks, and dominates you completely.

It is a moment when emotional controls do not exist and you simply must let the tears of joy roll down your face and feel your heart beat very strongly ... and see Roger, hear his wonderful voice, and be impressed by the effort of his amazing band.

Really, the performance of "DAAZ” was breathtaking in every sense.  In fact, I had heard Roger play "DAAZ” in 1998, when he played for the first time in Brasil, and since then this song became the song of my life, my eternal companion.
However, hearing this song after 14 years was a new experience for me, and it made a very strong impact.   People around me in the audience were really impressed because most had never had the luck to hear Roger play this song live!  After the show, many people told me they were surprised by the impact melodic of  "DAAZ,” and a dear friend told me it was as if the melody itself was entering into his soul.   I really agree with that, my gentle friend.

Technically, what Roger and the band made on stage, at the Via Funchal, was unforgettable. They made the floor vibrate with the sound intensity! Not only did my heart vibrate with emotion, but also my feet because of the strong impact sound!

Roger's voice was amazing, perfect. If it is possible to say something of a voice that has always been beautiful and powerful, it's amazing how Roger’s voice is better than ever.  What a wonderful vocal ability he has.  Roger's voice always surprises me.

Another striking moment during "DAAZ” was when Roger got up from the keyboard and started playing the electronic drums intensely. The public was surprised!  Roger played it with much emotion!   The band - what perfection and unison! Aaron, Kevin and David concentrated on all their instruments and producing sounds similar to African wild animals.  Bryan played his drums in a frenetic rhythm, exactly as it was in our hearts.

What an emotional and unforgettable experience for us all.
We have received so much affection and love from Roger and I would like to express that we were delighted by the immense kindness received from Linda & Shakti. 

I  will always remember this with much love and will always be very grateful.

Now, this day, the concert, songs, surprising moments, the love received, all is living inside of my heart, like a permanent light. 

Sublime emotional for eternity.

Carlos Fiorelli
Sorcaba-São Paulo-Brasil


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[ Posted by Scornet Marie José, April 30, 2012 3:55 ]
     Merci Mon cher Carlos pour ce compte rendu de concert, c'est tellement beau à lire et la puissance des mots et si forte et font ressortir toute l'intensité de l'émotion que tu as vécu, que de te lire m'a fais pleurée aussi à chaude larmes. La je me rends compte que la musique de Roger à le même impact sur moi, et à réveiller du fond de mon cœur toute les émotions enfouie de chacun des concerts que j'ai vécu. Le pire pour moi à été Nantes en 2010, parce que j'avais vécu presque une semaine de Sound sheck de concert et de back stage. La séparation à été horrible, ce jour la il ma demander qu'elle chanson je voulais, alors il à chanter pour moi "Along came Mary" d'y pensée les larmes me viennent. Je crois que les concerts de Roger sont pour moi devenue indispensable à ma vie, et dont je ne peux plus me passer. Mais c'est moments rares sont tellement doux. Merci Carlos de tout cœur, et je souhaite sincèrement de pouvoir entendre de la même oreille "DIAZ" pour que je puisse donner mon impression qui je pense ne seras pas très éloigner de la tienne puisse c'est une chanson que j'adore aussi et qui signifie beaucoup de choses sur le comportement humain. Encore merci Calos, Merci à Linda et Shakti de m'avoir donné la chance de lire de compte rendu. Amitié de France Marie josé de le " Crazy French Family"

[ Posted by maria, May 01, 2012 10:07 ]
     Hi Carlos!

Wow!!!

I am also completely thrilled and my heart trembling.
Yes, In the moments with Roger rationality is asleep, and the heart is what speaks and dominates in you completely. I understand very good what you felt. I survived it several times .
Thank you for your sharing.
It seems to me like I was there too...

Draw from this experience long time!

God bless!


[ Posted by Carlos Fiorelli, May 07, 2012 17:13 ]
     Sweet friends, Marie & Maria, sorry for writing just now, but we were preparing to see two Rogers’ concerts, and with many things to do at the same time! By the way, it was a wonderful and unforgettable time.

I really want to thank the comments of you two and say I'm very happy because I learned in the last ten years that Roger's music is so powerful, that you gain many friends around the world, and you are precious friends. Is really amazing the power and energy of the songs from our beloved hero, Roger.

Again, thank you so much, and it is an honor for me to have caring friends like you two!
Much love and peace!

Carlos


[ Posted by Norton de Amorim, August 23, 2012 5:11 ]
     His songs bring the best memories of my life! Brings me back the image of my mother that is living on the other side, also reminds me of great days of summer in my small southern brazilian beach town. The first time I saw my wife, and everything good that happened in our lives. Seeing Roger playing those songs in the casino ball room in N.H. Made us so happy that we cryed, and later by the end of concert we went close to the stage and jump like children. We already have tickets to see him again in lynn,ma on nov. 4th, we feel so blessed to have the opportunity of beeing healthy, we be able to listen to his music....thank you Roger Hodgson. Norton and Valeria.


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