(photo credit: Courtesy)
It was an outstanding performance with an unexpected Israeli twist. There was an
electricity in the air as Seal came onstage, gripped the microphone, closed his
eyes, placed his hand on his heart and sang – his soothing, rejuvenating voice
ringing out – without holding anything back. The audience roared with
excitement, the band members rocked out and adrenalin pumped through everyone as
they clapped their hands over their heads. Those on the grass twirled each other
to the beat, their love and passion for the music shining through, as if the
moment was all that existed.
Seal continuously encouraged audience
participation, and the ecstatic crowd responded with eagerness.
invited the audience to sing a song back at him, the Israelis
“Hava Nagila,” and Seal, right on cue, improvised, picking up where the
One man called out, requesting that Seal play a song from an
old album because his whole family had come along to the concert and it
special moment for him. Seal was forthcoming, playing the song even
band hadn’t rehearsed it.
Afterwards, Seal asked the man if he liked his
performance of the song, and the man made an inaudible reply, gesturing.
responded: “This is how you know you’re in Israel: We didn’t rehearse
and it’s still not a problem, and my brother [the man who requested the
says ‘my whole family is here,’ and I say ‘was that okay?’ And then he
‘eh.’” And Seal shrugged his shoulders and shifted his hand slightly in
decidedly Israeli gesture that means “so so.”
The audience laughed in
At one point, Seal started speaking to a fan in the
audience and right when he asked her for her name, the sound shut off.
band quickly began to play again – overcoming the technical glitch – and
invited the young girl on stage, the two of them dancing as the audience
and laughed with delight.
“We don’t need electricity; all we need is each
other,” Seal said as the dance ended, giving her a hug.
continued with Seal’s most famous song, “Kiss from a Rose,” as well as
from his newer albums, and ended with tremendous applause as Seal
adoring audience and walked off the stage, leaving behind a soothing,
aura and a resounding “laila tov!”
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