Originally filmed in March 1997, camera crews caught up with Celine Dion in Memphis, Tennessee delivering another show-stopping performance. Including previously unreleased live performances from her multi-platinum album Falling Into You, this 17 song concert-length program also features a rare performance of The power of the dream written exclusively for the 1996 Olympic Summer games in Atlanta. Dedicated fans will enjoy more than one hour of Celine Dion’s pure energy and enthusiasm for love, life and music!
First single from Celine’s album The Colour Of My Love, Jennifer Rush, who co-wrote the song, originally performed this song in 1984.
For the recording of the album Falling Into You, David Foster asked to Celine to do a remake of All by myself. “David informed me that he had changed the orchestrations of the last part of the song, Celine tells. I had to sing a little higher, until a F# which almost reached the limit of my voice. The worst was that he wanted me to hold this note during several times… I knew that I couldn’t do it more than two recordings without risking to break my voice. The day of the recording, Rene and I quarrelled, for a mere nothing… He decided not to acompany me to the studio. I left all by myself, to the Record Plant (in Los Angeles), where I found a rather cold, condescending, almost contemptuous David Foster… While the technicians were finishing to put the orchestra tracks, I was bothering myself. I think that David was delaying everything on purpose… At one point, innocently, he told me: ‘If you don’t manage… I could ask it to Whitney.’. Whitney Houston was recording on this day in the nearby studio… I did not say a word… I sang All by myself with all my strength, with all my soul. When I came to the time to climb towards the F#, I put my voice at maximum, until it was hurting, and I held the note a very long time, without weakening. When I finished, the musicians on the other side of the glass were stand up to applause. I left without greeting David Foster…I was thinking to Rene. I was looking for the reason of our fight. And suddenly, I understood…He put one more time the difficulty harder to give me new challenges, to force me to surpass myself.” Now, Celine speaks about the impact of this song when she sings it on stage: “Before, people did not expect this note, she says, and when I was doing it, they were surprised, amazed or not, but they did not expect this note… And now they expect this note, and there is a silence which moves me, and which paralyses me, it’s incredible! And then, I say to myself, ‘well, I can’t leave them now’, so, there is a hand inside me, this performer who loves singing, who’s saying to me ‘go girl, do your note, make them happy, do it right!’.” Eric Carmen originally recorded it.
Pattie Labelle originally recorded it for James Bond’s movie Licence to kill.
(Duet with Peabo Bryson) (Theme song in Beauty And The Beast)
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.”
(Duet with Jean-Jacques Goldman) This is an up-tempo song with flights of voice which reveals Celine’s energy.
Pandora’s Box originally performed this song.
“A few years ago, when I was touring in Japan, Celine tells, I met an incredible young violonist: his name is Taro Hakase, and we have recorded this next song together.” To love you more was the theme song for a popular Japanese drama series.
“With Le Ballet, Celine admits, it was the first time I sang Blues.” For Celine, in a way, it is a metaphor of her meeting with her audience.
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.
In 1997, Celine sang Beatles’ hit Twist and shout during her Falling Into You Tour.
(Theme song in “Up Close & Personal”)