Tony Bennett performs in the Concert Hall of the Tivoli, in Copenhagen, Denmark, October, 2011 (AP Photo/Polfoto, Mik Eskestad)
What's the one thing almost everyone does when they're alone and more often than not in the shower? Sing of course! And it doesn't matter whether the person is singing flat or sharp, or has no voice at all.
What matters, is that most people appreciate singing. It's the one musical thing that just about everyone gets. So when world renowned crooner Tony Bennett comes to town, people take notice.
He just turned 86 years old a few weeks back and still captivates audiences around the world.
Why? Well, Bennett is the epitome of class and artistry when it comes to singing. He's blessed with a sonorous voice, a killer sense of timing and phrasing and he's 100 percent honest as an artist and a human being. Why else would dozens of performers including Billy Joel, k.d. Lang, Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse line up to record with him? He's simply a legend!
What's remarkable about the man is his longevity. Believe it or not, he's still riding his second wave of popularity that dates back to the early 1980's. At that time, after refusing to follow the advice of record companies to get with the times and sing more contemporary music, he made a conscious decision to sing what he knew best........the Great American Songbook.
When you attend one of his concerts, you realize that for Bennett, the song is everything. He insists on doing material that tells a story and concentrates on standards by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Gershwin among others. Perhaps Frank Sinatra was first, but he too was a fan of Bennett and singers such as Michael Buble follow in the footsteps of Bennett.
Bennett's heavy touring schedule would surprise most people, but he would be the first to tell you that performing is as important now as it was years ago. It gives him immense pleasure and keeps him young at heart.
Tony Bennett performs tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.