Celine Dione was being interviewed by Katie Couric today. I have always loved her as an artist. She seems like the persona of elegance without losing who she is. I love the way she dresses and how she always stays true to herself. She said today on Katie that she is an open book.
I sat there and watched her talking to Katie for the first thirty minutes of the show. I was so impressed to hear, that already, she has sold more than 200 million records and that she has been reigning in Las Vegas for the past ten years. She joked about not being great with math and how they originally intended for her to be only for one or two years.
I appreciated her candor about her collection of shoes, more than three thousand pairs, and how she said that her two year old son wears them better than she does. She came from a family of fourteen kids and yes they were poor, however, she said that they felt like they were rich, because they had it all.
Just seeing her talk to Katie I can feel that she seemed like such an honest and sincere person. Of course Katie has a way of making everyone feel comfortable. She makes it seem like she is having a conversation with a friend and the person being interviewed feels right at home.
She talked about her husbands battle with cancer and how challenging it was. She was also star struck when Michael Jackson went to see her in Las Vegas. Probably the only thing I have in common, needless to say, being the classy and elegant lady she is, she probably kept her cool, unlike myself, when I saw him on stage at MSG I could not stop screaming his name and stood up and clapped as loud as I could, could not hold the joy.
She also shared what was most impressive about her career and what touches her the most. It may not be glamorous or easy, but it goes beyond the fame and touches her in a way that is more significant than her fame. Often times, when parents are facing losing a child to terminal illness, many of them ask to speak to Celine Dione. Although it is a very sad situation that touches all of our hearts, she says, “I do it for selfish reasons because I come out stronger knowing that they have trusted me with their most priced possession, their children” , not verbatum, but close. She said that shortly after the parents will call to let her know their loved one has passed away.
I can remember being on the opposite side and calling my aunts when my mom was taking her last breath so that they can tell her goodbye, not matter what side of the phone you are in, it is not an easy to task for anyone involved, so I commend her on her bravery and courage knowing that this is not an easy thing to do.
I have always admired and respected her as an artist. Now that I have seen her on Katie Couric, I have more admiration and respect than I did before. She has not allowed her fame to take her away from her foundation, the love and support she got from her family still keeps her grounded.
There are times when she may not be as enthusiastic about singing the same song over and over again, but as she said “They know my story but I don’t know theirs” helps her to put those feelings aside and think about the audience and the importance her music has had on their lives. Her song may be a wedding song of a couple that went to see her perform live. Her song could also be a favorite song of a loved one that they have lost. She said these reasons motivate her to go out there and perform.
May she continue to be who she is and give us the gift of her performance and the beautiful music that touches the hearts of so many. We continue to wish her well in all of her endeavors.