Michael Buble and his wife Luisana Lopilato have had a tough few months while their 3-year old son Noah has been on a four month course regiment of chemotherapy after a liver cancer diagnosis. Reports indicate Noah has a 90 percent chance of beating the disease after surgeons removed a tumor.
Buble has canceled all all appearances, both concerts and broadcast hosting events on his calendar.
There is a common theme shared and usually mentioned by countless audience members exiting any Michael Buble concert. As well as comments and phrases like “that was sensational,” “Wow,” and “he was energetic,” there are often observations about how he designs his shows with an intimate feel and works to befriend his audiences.
In large stadium venues, Buble has been known to walk through the crowd to a secondary stage toward the back of the facilities to interact and sing songs to fans who may not always be able to get the prime seats. From the stage he may throw out giant beach balls and intermingle.
Sometimes, Buble will share something personal, about his family, a long ago memory, or a recent special occasion. Most of his songs include jazz standards from his or his grandfather’s musical inspirations, but his style and attitude set a contemporary tone. He moves at ease between Sinatra classics to Latin American to Soul without pandering in artistic cliches.
Bublé often writes songs inspired by new loves, short-lived relationships, or painful breakups. He married Argentine actress/model Luisana Lopilato in 2011 at a Buenos Aires ceremony. He honored her with a song, “Close Your Eyes.”
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Bublé was inspired by his former fiancée at the time, Debbie Timuss to write “Lost.” He relates to the ache of their break up after 8 years of being together.
Bublé’s grandfather introduced him to music of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and The Mills Brothers. Rather than take a traditional “Hollywood” route, Buble’s approach was to re-introduce much of this music to his generation.
This song was inspired by Bublé’s Argentinian wife Luisana. He wrote the tune sitting at the piano and it serves as a homage to the strength of women, and how much men depend on them. Bublé explained to The Sunday Telegraph that the song pays tribute to how Luisana, “helps carry me… How she shares the load with me. I was just thinking, ‘You’re always the one that pulls us through.'”
“I notice the stability my wife has given me in simple ways,” he continued. “In other relationships I would think, ‘Let’s go on vacation,’ and the girl would say, ‘Let’s go to Hawaii,’ and I would say, ‘Who do we call, what couple do we get to go with us?’ It’s like I always needed someone else there. With my wife it’s just… we’re good together.”
This 1956 song written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell was originally recorded by Little Willie John on the King label. Peggy Lee received 1959 Grammy nominations from her version. Elvis Presley and Madonna also released it with their distinctive styles.
Michael Steven Bublé was born Sept. 9, 1975 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, fifteen years after the original version of this song was released by The Drifters. It was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Other releases came from Jay and the Americans, Buck Owens, Ike & Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis and Petula Clark. Dolly Parton released it in 1983. Buble’s release was in 2006.
Written in 1964 by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for a musical The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd. Nina Simone made it famous in 1965 when released as a single. Buble released “Feeling Good” in April 2005.
It was released from Bublé’s eighth studio album, To Be Loved, as a single on February 25, 2013. Bublé admitted to drinking when writing this song. .
“I have always written these songs about love, or loss or longing,” he told BBC News. “I just sat down at the piano and I started to work on this tune and the lyrics just came right out. I was drunk, that’s the truth. I have never written anything sober in my life.
“I thought this is a great concept,” he explained. “I am going to write this song about a guy whose girlfriend thinks she’s the greatest and dumps him. And he realizes that once she is gone, his life gets so much better.”
“I wrote that song about the great happiness of real love, but at the same time I was making a statement about the world,” Buble stated. “We’re living in really crazy times, and I wanted to say that no matter what’s happening, this person in my life is what really makes it worthwhile.”
After a hard break up with the influence for the song, his ex-girlfriend, the English actress Emily Blunt, he admitted to difficult and emotional times when he had to sing it.
By 2009, he could sing ‘Everything’ again “because I’m OK now. But straight after, well, I didn’t want to listen to music. Forget about my music. I couldn’t do anything. The only good thing I did do was I went and got a therapist.”
“I felt bad for everybody involved,” Buble said. “It’s definitely worse cause it’s all done publicly. You go to the grocery store and it’s in every magazine. It’s the same thing that’s happened in my other break-ups. It’s always tough. You grow attached to someone and they become your best friend. You lose a friend – that’s one of the most difficult parts. I’m a sentimental person.”
Michael Bublé wrote this song for his ex-fiancée, Debbie Timuss, relating the pain of being away from her while he traveled often during their relationship of 8 years. A powerful song, it became a defining milestone for his career.
Bublé was inspired by his wife, Argentine actress/model Luisana Lopilato, who was his fiancée at the time he penned it.
“I wrote it because I had met this girl and there was nothing solid about anything of it. She didn’t speak English,” Buble said. “There was every reason to not try to get into this predicament of a relationship, yet I did and it was weird. The song came from that – it was inspired by meeting her. You live on your potential as a single person – it keeps you sane. I’m not saying that you can’t be alone and be happy but there’s this great way to keep your sanity where it’s like you know it’s going to happen – you just haven’t met them yet.”