Dec 312006
 

From MIRACLE
Written by Ron Miller, Ken Hirsch & Marti Sharron

“Miracle” was a true labor of love for Celine Dion. It was a special project that she developed between 2003 and 2004 together with Anne Geddes who’s a famous photographer specialized in portraits of little children. Geddes’ stunning images matched with Dion’s unique rendition of perfectly themed lullabies made of “Miracle” a visual and musical work of art as well as a gift from Dion to her own child and to mothers and children all over the world.For the musical part of the project, Dion called her old friend David Foster, for help. “Miracle” was released in the fall of 2004 and it became an out of the box success with platinum-plus sales and top positions on the worldwide charts.
Foster, together with his partner in crime, Humberto Gatica, created a perfect musical scenario for Dion’s outstanding voice. The selection of songs includes sweet and tender melodies that are performed by the singer with an understated feel and produced and arranged by Foster with taste and class.
Among the gems on the album are gentle covers of John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” and Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World.” “Miracle” also includes new material written especially for the occasion like the title track penned by Linda Thompson and Steve Dorff or “In Some Small Way” co-written by Richard Page and David Tyson. One of the highlights of “Miracle” is “If I Could.” It is a stunning melody co-written by Ron Miller, the renowned composer of “For Once In My Life” and “I’ve Never Been To Me.” The lyrics of this songs are especially meaningful given they were written by Miller for his own wife and children. Foster’s arrangement is outstanding, elegant and rarefied. It gives Dion a great background for her heartfelt singing.
This song and the whole record are also clear evidence that Celine Dion delivers her best performances when she has David Foster and Humberto Gatica behind the glass.


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Lead Vocals: Celine Dion
Keyboards: David Foster
Additional Keyboards & Arranging: Jochem van der Saag
Guitars: Dean Parks
Percussion: Rafael Padilla
Orchestral Arrangement by William Ross
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

If I Could

I’d protect you from the sadness in your eyes

give you courage in a world of compromise

yes I would

If I could

I would teach you all the things I’ve never learned

and I’d help you cross the bridges that I’ve burned

yes I would

if I could

I would try to shield your innocence from time

but the part of life I gave you isn’t mine

I’ve watched you grow

so I could let you go

if I could

I would help you make it through the hungry years

but I know that I can never cry your tears

but I would

if I could

if I live in a time and place where you don’t want to be

you don’t have to walk along this road with me

my yesterday won’t have to be your way

if I knew

how I’d try to change the world I brought you to

and there isn’t very much that I can do

but I would

if I could

if I could

I would try to shield your innocence from time

but that part of life I gave you isn’t mine

I watched you grow so I could let you go

if, if I could

I would help you make it through those hungry years

but I know that I can never cry your tears

but I would

if I could

yes I would

yes I would

if I could