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You're the Inspiration: The Music of David Foster & Friends

2009-06-11 10:52
You're the Inspiration
The über singer-songwriter/musician/knob-twiddler has been the magic touch behind the ridiculously successful careers of Josh Groban, Celine Dion and Michael Bublé. So if you still can't fathom why adult contemporary schmaltz hasn’t died a violent death yet, blame him.

You're the Inspiration (named for the massive Chicago hit from the early 80s, which Foster co-wrote with Peter Cetera) is actually a live concert held in honour of the man behind the music, and features a star-studded line-up of artists who have all benefited from Foster's patronage. There's Andrea Bocelli, belting out "The Prayer" with American Idol cast-off Katharine McPhee, Kenny G blowing out the high notes from St. Elmo's Fire's "Love Theme", as well as contributions from Groban and Brian McKnight.

Whitney Houston must've been in rehab at the time, because her two hits from The Bodyguard ("I Have Nothing, "I Will Always Love You") are performed by Oprah-approved teen newcomer Charice. She may have a big voice, but the poor girl is straining her voice more than anything, and clearly has much to learn. Please come back soon, Whitney. All's forgiven.

The live CD itself is just a snapshot of the two-hour concert, as the whole shebang can be viewed in fullscreen Technicolor on the accompanying DVD. Here an embarrassment of stars are unveiled, each lending their tribute to the svengali and winner of 15 Grammy Awards – Barbara Streisand, Boz Scaggs, Eric Benét, Peter Cetera, Babyface, and even Kevin Costner, who's probably just grateful that Foster helped make The Bodyguard (1992) his last successful movie.

The name David Foster may not ring a bell with many, but chances are that everyone (as in everyone) has, at one point in their lives, found themselves caught up in one of his songs.

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