because she doesn’t feel it any more emotionally. the controversial singer explained why on her Facebook yesterday:
OK, the time has come for me to cease singing Nothing Compares 2U. The first principle of the manner in which I’m trained as a singer (Bel Canto) is we never sing a song we don’t emotionally identify with. After twenty-five years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it. I don’t want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won’t. If I were to sing it just to please people, I wouldn’t be doing my job right, because my job is to be emotionally available. I’d be lying. You’d be getting a lie. My job is to give you honesty. I’m trained in honesty. I can’t act. It just isn’t in my training. I have ceased singing other songs over the years for the same reason.
i appreciate her idealism and i love her new songs. she’s an amazing artist.
but she’s dead wrong here.
one of the goals in art is to push oneself. a wise man once said life is the conflict between doing what you think you have to do with what you really want to do.
when you’re a musician who has been performing for over almost three decades and most people could only name two or three of your songs AND YOU DONT WANT TO PERFORM YOUR MOST POPULAR TUNE you’re not pushing yourself.
yes we want emotional performances. no one appreciates acting. but if you can’t get to the place where you can emotionally sing a beautiful song like that, my belief is you are avoiding the route to that emotion because it is TOO emotional.
tap into that, sweet lady, and you will discover a goldmine.
sing your song.
be the great example, not a quitter.