The Centennial Olympic Games began on July 19, 1996 in Atlanta Georgia and Celine Dion helped open the 1996 Summer Olympics by performing a song written exclusively for the Games. The Power Of The Dream was written by David Foster, Linda Thompson and Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds. Celine was attracted to the project because of the Games’ international importance and the example Olympic athletes represent. “It is an honour to sing for the world’s athletes”, she said. “The sacrifices they made, their dedication and commitment to a single purpose and the hard work they have gone through makes every one of them a hero for having earned the priviledge of being on that field for the Opening Ceremony”. The Opening Ceremonies began at 8:00pm EDT and was broadcast to an expected worldwide television audience of more than 3.5 billion people.
It is a collaboration between Celine Dion, songwriter Carole King, and legendary Beatles producer, Sir George Martin. In addition to writing the song, Carole King also played the piano and sang the chorus on the track.
“I was not satisfied with the first recording we made with the song Falling into you, Celine admits. This is a song with many nuances, with half-tones. I found the arrangements were too violent, my voice didn’t flow enough. Everybody, however, the technicians, the authors, even David and Rene, seemed satisfied. I said nothing. But Rene felt that I wasn’t happy… He asked me what was wrong. I explained it to him. He seemed surprised. Then I hummed him Falling into you describing after every time the arrangements which I was imagining. He quickly agreed with me. He seemed amazed, as if he just discovered something… I called the director and the engineer to explain how I was feeling my song, what kind of changes. They all agreed and were happy, they said it to me… This song marked a step of my emancipation as an artist… I was becoming a mature, grown-up, autonomous artist… So we came back in studio and we recorded Falling into you again. It never became a big song for the stage; it is too sweet, too subtle to move a crowd. But it is, in my opinion, one of the thrillest song on the album Falling Into You. And I love the lyrics.” Marie Claire D’Ubaldo originally recorded it.
It is Celine’s favorite song on the album D’Eux. Jean-Jacques Goldman wrote it late in 1994. “Pour que tu m’aimes encore, Celine tells, the first song heard, the first recorded, at once reminded me L’hymne à l’amour by Edith Piaf. The same subject, the same structure, the same woman consumed by love. It is a hymn to wild, possessed, possessive, definitive love, as mine… We knew while we were recording that now it will be part of my life.”
Fabienne Thibeault originally perfomed this song on the rock musical Starmania.
(Japanese version of ‘Be the man’) Be the man (On this night) was the theme song from the major Japanese drama series Eve, broadcast on the Fuji TV network.
(Duet with Barbra Streisand) This stunning duet with Barbra Streisand, born of the two singers’ initial meeting at the 1997 Academy Awards is the first single from Let’s Talk About Love.
(Duet with Andrea Boccelli)
(Spanish version of “All by myself”)
It is a spanish adaptation of the song You Only Love Once recorded by Billy Mann on his titled album aired in 1996.