Something to make you happy…

My good friend Carol, from Carol Cooks 2 introduced me to this video and the two glorious voices in it. Good things do happen. Enjoy.

The first time I saw this video I had no idea who either of the singers were, but I was so impressed I literally searched until I discovered that the girl – Celinde Shoenmaker – was actually playing the role of Christine in the Phantom of the Opera at the time.

You can’t see the very beginning of the duet here because the person filming didn’t get their phone working fast enough, but apparently the young busker – Stephen Barry – sang one song from the Phantom and then this strange girl from the crowd asked him to sing another. He demured, saying two songs from the same musical wouldn’t go down well. She said that if he did, she’d sing along with him.

lmao – he asked her if she was any good!?! The rest is history.

Youtube channel for Stephen Barry:

https://www.youtube.com/c/StephenSings1

Have a wonderful day my friends,
Meeks

About acflory

I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

32 responses to “Something to make you happy…

  • D. Wallace Peach

    That was utterly amazing! I just love the spontaneity. And what an intro. Was she any good? LOL. You added a whole bunch of brightness to my day, my friend. Huge hugs.

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    • acflory

      Just read about that child dying of Covid. I’m glad I could inject a little positivity back into your life. -hugs-

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      • D. Wallace Peach

        There are still wonderful people bringing joy to the world. We need more of these amazing moments.

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        • acflory

          I agree, but the media isn’t supplying them.
          When the pandemic first began, the Offspring got very angry at mainstream media for being ‘biased’. I didn’t see it at the time but as I continued to watch the news and current affairs type programs, I started to see a pattern – lots of ‘real life’ stories and interviews about shopkeepers losing money because of the restrictions, families being separated by closed borders, people hit hard financially by the fight against Covid.
          All of it was true, but there were next to no stories about people, particularly young people, who had had Covid and suffered badly. No stories about the families of the elderly mowed down by Covid, very few stories about the healthcare workers who /died/ trying to help people with Covid, next to no stories about the heroes who fought to save lives instead of bellyaching about the sudden drop in their standard of living….
          Apologies, it still makes me see red. The lack of those stories helped a big chunk of our populations fall for the conspiracy theories.
          Lies of omission have killed as many people as outright disinformation.

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          • D. Wallace Peach

            We had a better experience here, but it was very one-sided. Fox News denied the existence of the virus. But every night on MSNBC there was a moving remembrances of a few people who’d lost their battle with covid, usually smiling during some wonderful moments in life. I think that’s one of the reasons why US citizens are so divided – we live in alternate realities.

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          • acflory

            Oh, I didn’t know that, Diana. I wish we’d had something like that here. The Newscorpse tragics would not have changed, but I think many of the younger, I’m-immortal people would have become a lot more cautious.

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          • D. Wallace Peach

            Possibly, if they watch the news at all. Many young people here are getting more politically involved and that means more compassion, I think. The rest of them, those who don’t care about climate change, voting rights, gun massacres, and poverty, also don’t care about the virus (unless it strikes home).

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          • acflory

            -sigh- yeah, the abyss between those with empathy and those without grows ever deeper.

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  • Remembering Lives

    I love the fact that he looks so embarrassed when he is not actually distracted by singing. It is so lovely that she took the time to sing with him.

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    • acflory

      lol – I agree. It was a lovely gesture on her part, but I suspect she too recognized what a great talent he has. The fact that she chose to /help/ says a lot about the kind of person she is. I’m a fan now, of both of them.

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  • petespringerauthor

    Talk about captivating a room!

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  • robbiesinspiration

    Hi Meeks, My husband loves this type of video and when I played it, he recognised this one immediately.

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  • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    How absolutely sweet. Especially his face when he discovers she can sing.

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  • Jacqui Murray

    I saw this over at Carol’s also. It made me smile.

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    • acflory

      -hugs- I’ve been smiling all day. Something like this makes such a welcome change from some of the madness out there.
      Psst…24 is even better than the first book. Just reached the part where Otto gets his wheels. πŸ˜€

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      • Jacqui Murray

        Oooh–that is very good to hear. Otto was a fun character to write for me. I do regret not getting to my next book in this series because Otto plays a big part in that plot. Sigh.

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        • acflory

          But you will write book three eventually…won’t you????? Seriously, I’m hooked. Please write the next book. I know you’ve been busy with Lucy’s world, but it’s time to come back to tech now. You know you want to. πŸ˜‰

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    • Jacqui Murray

      About reading your book–I can’t overstate how much I’m enjoying that trilogy. The re-reading–I keep jotting down notes like “why isn’t she famous???”

      I’ll have Book 3 done soon–or sooner. I’ll publish the review on my blog around mid-March unless you have something you’d like me to coordinate with.

      Question: Is your genre ‘tech thrillers’ or ????

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      • acflory

        -humungous hugs- I’ll be over the moon whenever you publish your reviews, Jacqui. I haven’t got the mental oomph to do any marketing so no, nothing to co-ordinate with.
        Re genres… Like you, I write in two genres – scifi-tech-thriller [the world of Innerscape], and what amounts to scifi-fantasy [the Suns of Vokhtah]. But it’s hard to squeeze any of our stories into really precise pigeon holes. I mean your Rowe-Delamagente stories are definitely tech thrillers, but Otto can’t really exist yet, so they’re also about future tech, which makes them a bit scifi in my book. In the same way, Vokhtah has fantasy elements – the ‘healing’, the mindspeech etc – but despite how outlandish the biology may seem, it’s actually based on animals that actually do exist in our world, maybe not all in the one creature, but real nonetheless. So some people see the story as more fantasy while I see it as more scifi.
        Sadly that particular mix doesn’t appeal to a lot of scifi or fantasy readers.
        Getting the blurb right is a minefield. :/

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        • Jacqui Murray

          OK. I’ll put it in both categories. That will work fine!

          I used to call mine tech thrillers (which they are), but no seemed to care. And if I call mine ‘military thrillers’, I get pushback because I’m not military. So, ‘thrillers’ seems to work.

          Do you get much attention in the ‘tech thriller’ category?

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          • acflory

            You’re not military as in – actually in the military? Because as a total non-military person, everything about your thrillers reads as if you’ve done decades of research.

            I recognize some of the people who leave reviews but not all. Alicia was talking about making blurbs that fit our genres so I went and did a head count, only about 6 reviewers of Innerscape are male. Maybe I’m being very sexist here but I would have thought more guys would be into tech & thrillers than ladies. Then again, none of the people I’ve come to know online are stereotypical anything. Not the women and not the men so… in answer to your question: I have no idea??

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          • Jacqui Murray

            That does surprise me–only 6? Me too, would have expected lots more males. Not sexist. We’re allowed to let our big brains draw rational conclusions.

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          • acflory

            I’ve thought all sorts of things: maybe having the MC an older woman puts guys off? Or maybe not scifi/thriller enough at the start? Or maybe, and this is a distinct possibility, I simply don’t know how to /find/ the majority of scifi readers. -shrug-

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  • CarolCooks2

    I am happy you loved this too…it just shows how generous some people are πŸ™‚

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  • davidprosser

    WHAT AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT. I’D LOOVE TO HEAR HIM SING MARIA FROM WEST SIDE STORY TOO.

    Liked by 1 person

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