Saturday, June 19, 2010

Goodbye to a Great Person and an Unforgettable Voice

Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester (1930 - 2010)  died this past week at the age of seventy-nine.

Her voice was truly awesome:

I also loved her attitude.

In an excerpt from an older interview played on CBC radio this week, Forrester was asked about the many lucky breaks that had come her way. She replied that she had, indeed, had lucky breaks, but that she had trained for years and prepared herself to be ready for those breaks when they came along.

And, I believe, that's the secret to THE secret.

Goodbye to a Canadian who blessed the world with her amazing talent.


Ciss B said...

What a lovely tribute! I don't think I had a chance to hear her but this piece from the Messiah was beautiful.

ChrisJ said...


Thank you. I agree the Messiah piece is beautiful - but it was a difficult choice.

One of The Guys said...

That is so true. People who are successful always get lucky breaks, but so do people who aren't. So what's the difference? Preparation!

Hope you're doing well.

ChrisJ said...


You're right. Luck is indiscriminate; it's what we do with it that counts.

I'm fine - starting to get more into the blog again. Thanks for asking.