Last Friday, I was able to watch Lea Salonga perform live. I was able to experience the magic her voice brings. I was able to hear her crystal clear, timeless voice. It was my first time watching her perform in a concert and I left the PICC with a full heart -- no, it was overflowing. Watching her perform live in a concert is too much for one heart.
Watching her in a concert is a completely different experience when watching her in a musical. She is the star of the night. She sings as if she owned the songs, as if it was written for her. One can see the passion in her eyes when she sings and she effortlessly delivered every song with confidence and full of emotions.
It was a two-and-a-half hour rollercoaster ride of emotions. I found myself laughing at her spiels, I ugly-cried at her hugot songs, and if I am not laughing or crying, I am smiling the whole time. I was mesmerized, entranced, bewitched.
Though I did not know almost all of the songs in her repertoire, I immediately understood what the songs convey when she finally sang those. It was because of her enunciation, her clear storytelling, and of course, her emotions.
To be on that concert hall is a great experience even though I am seated too far away from her -- no, no one is seated too far away. No matter how far or near I am to her, her voice and emotions still reached my heart, and everyone else's.
I am so lucky to experience her magic. And I would love to experience it all again.
17th of February, 2017. I'll never forget.