Saturday, May 7, 2011

Valentin Vierling - Recherché

Angel Watchers was very fortunate to be able to do an exclusive interview with Valentin Vierling, the extraordinary singer from France.  The events that made this interview possible are quite unique.  Valentin was doing a Google search of his name, and bingo, Angel Watchers popped up at the top of the Google search engine results.  So naturally, Valentin logged on to Angel Watchers, and left a comment on the post that I had made about him.  It was that comment that led me to make contact with Valentin, and his mother Nadège Vierling, and I asked them if it would be possible to do an exclusive interview with Valentin for Angel Watchers.  I was so happy when they agreed and said "yes".  I asked Valentin a series of questions, and Nadège who is fluent in English, translated the questions into French for Valentin to answer, then very graciously, translated his answers back into English, so that they could be shared with all of Valentin's fans on Angel Watchers.  So, without further ado, here is Angel Watchers' exclusive interview with the magnificent Valentin Vierling.

1.  What is it about singing that you like the most?

"I love to make people feel good through my singing, and it also makes me feel good inside to be able to do that.  I love to communicate with people through my songs."

2.  Do you have a vocal coach?

"Yes, I do have a vocal coach.  Her name is Carole Duval and I have been studying with her for five years now.  I meet with her once a week.  The rest of the time I practice alone at home."

3.  How long have you been singing for the general public?

"I first sang in public at the age of eight.  I am now thirteen, so I have been singing for five years now."

4.  When you are singing, what kinds of thoughts go through your mind?

"Each time I sing, I imagine myself in the future, on a big stage, for example, like that at the Paris Olympia (the Paris Olympia is the oldest music theater in France, and it is also one of the most famous musical, and theater venues in the world).  I always imagine that I am a famous singer.  I don't know why though.  Maybe, it just gives me energy."

5.  What are some of your favorite songs?

"It actually depends on the time I am singing.  At the moment I really love "SOS D'Un Terrien En Détresse', because even though it is a difficult song, I love the feelings, the sensations that it give me when I sing it.  I also like "In Your Hands".  It's quite different.  I love all of the songs that I sing.  If I don't like a song, I can't sing it well."

6.  How do you feel when you are onstage?  For example; happy, nervous, apprehensive, excited etc.

"It is a strange mix of different feelings, for example; happiness or sadness.  It actually depends on the song.  When I sing the songs of Grégory Lemarchal, I am sad because he died a few years ago, and I really loved him."

7.  How long does it take you to prepare a new song before you present it on stage?

"It depends on the song.  Some songs are easy, and it only takes me one day to learn them.  Others songs are more difficult and they may take me a few weeks to learn."

8.  Do you have CDs or MP3s for sale?

"As of yet I don't have any CDs or MP3s for sale, but I hope to have some for sale in the near future."

9.  How often do you give concerts?

"It depends on the time period.  For example, last summer, I sang in concerts twice a week.  I also did commercial animations for some supermarkets a few times.  Last week I sang for some old people, and in a few weeks from now, I will be appearing in a cabaret with a magician, and later on I will do a Christmas show.  So I do perform a lot."

10.  Do you plan to make singing your professional career?

"Yes, of course!"

11.  What kinds of music do you like to listen to?

"I like popular songs, folk songs, French songs, and musical comedies."

12.  Who are some of your favorite recording artists?

"I like Patrick Fiori, Grégory Lemarchal, Christophe Maé, and Charlie Winston."

13.  Do you have any hobbies?

"Besides singing, I really enjoy bicycling."

14.  Do you speak any foreign languages?

"I speak English and Spanish, but I am still learning those languages."

15.  What are some of your favorite movies?

"I like the 'Star Wars' movies, the James Bond movies, and 'The Simpsons'.  I like a lot of American movies."

16.  What are your favorite foods?

"I love to eat just about anything, but my favorite foods are chocolate, cakes and sweets."

17.  Do you plan someday to perform in operas?
"Yes, I was asked a few weeks ago to sing in the Tunis Opera (Tunisia) in July 2011.  I will have more details about that shortly and I will share that information with you."

18.  Have you concertized in other countries besides France?

"Yes, I performed twice in 2009, and 2010, at the 'Zlanta Pahulja Festival' in Montenegro.  I came in second in 2009, and in 2010 I was awarded a special prize."

19.  What do you think about American popular music in general?

"I love some American music, but they are some songs that I don't like because they don't feel 'true'".

20.  Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans on Angel Watchers?

"I am very happy that you love my music, and I hope to meet all of you someday at one of my concerts."

Wow, that was some interview!  Angel Watchers feels very privileged, and blessed that Valentin, and Nadège took the time to answer all of our questions.  Please log on to Valentin's YouTube channel for many more videos at this link:  Valentin's YouTube Channel 
In 2008 he was the winner of the highly competitive  L'Ecole des Stars. When he was interviewed by the judges of that competition he was very likable and displayed a wonderful boyish charm.  He is an excellent singer with natural grace and poise.  In this edition of Angel Watchers, we are presenting Valentin in a double play.  In the video widgets below he sings two songs.  The first song is the incredibly difficult "Le Manége (The Ride)"  that was composed by French singer and composer  Stanislas.  I've listened to Stanislas' version of   "Le Manége", which is great, but I prefer Valentin's rendition because of its youthful innocence and sensitive pathos.  I just love that bowler hat the wears in the video.  It's the perfect touch to a very classy performance and image.  In the second video he performs "Con Te Partirò (With You I Will Leave)" the signature song of Andrea Bocelli, composed by Francesco Sartori and Lucio Quarantotto.  Valentin continues to perform in France and elsewhere.  He will go far in the music business, because he is very talented and loves music with all of his heart.  Valentin, May The Peace And Love Of Pure Angel Light, Bless You And Your Career.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

"Le Manége (The Ride)"

 "Con Te Partirò (With You I Will Leave)"

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Mystical Apparitions Of Our Lady Of Fatima

From 1916 to 1917, a series of mysterious events occurred at a small mountain village called Fatima, located in Portugal.  There are many different theories as to what actually took place there, but the general consensus is that it was nothing short of miraculous.  Even more amazing though is that the individuals in the center of these occurrences were three, humble, illiterate shepherd children, named  Lucia Abóbora, aged ten, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, aged nine and seven respectively.  They were chosen by a celestial entity to be major players in an otherworldly adventure.  It was a very unlikely trio, but historically, angelic, and other heavenly emissaries, have often chosen children to be the recipients of visions, and prophecies.  Was this actually an encounter with an extraterrestrial entity?  In this edition of Angel Watchers, I am presenting a brief introduction to the Fatima enigma.  In 1952, the film "The Miracle Of Our Lady Of Fatima" was released.  Even though the movie itself was flawed, it managed to popularize the Fatima apparitions in ways that the media of the time were not able to do.  The movie contains, among other things, many factual errors.  There is a major mistake right at the very beginning of the film, when the narrator says "Here is Fatima on Sunday, May 15, 1917".  Well, in reality, the correct date was actually May 13, 1917.  Also, this was not the first apparition as the movie seemed to imply.  The apparitions actually began during the month of  April, 1915.   Errors aside, and viewed as a devotional tool, the movie served its purpose though.  Please click on the video widget below to watch a scene from"The Miracle Of Our Lady Of Fatima".  It stars Susan Whitney as Lucia, Sammy Ogg as Francisco, and Sherry Jackson as Jacinta.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Heaven Is For real - An inspiring True Story

"Heaven Is For Real" is the incredible journey of Colton Burpo, and his visit to Heaven.  Colton's story is compelling, powerful and has important life messages for all of us.  I have to admit that this book brought tears to my eyes.  It is that emotional in its content.  Todd, his father, took a great risk is publishing this story as he is a Christian minister, and he left himself open to all kinds of criticisms because of the nature of "Heaven Is For Real".  Actually Todd has nothing to worry about as the book is a best seller, and has been accepted by many in the Christian community.  There is one incident portrayed in the book that made me smile.  The angels sang to Colton because he was scared when he first entered Heaven.  They sang all of the old-time Christian classics, then they asked Colton if he had any request, and he responded with "We Will Rock You", a song made popular by Queen.  The angels declined to sing that one.  The official "Heaven Is For Real" website can be found at this link:  Heaven Is For Real  If you go to YouTube, you can find many interviews of Colton, and his father Todd.  Please click on the video widget below to watch an incredible interview with Colton Burpo and his family.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.