Post by Sapphire Rain on Jun 23, 2015 12:13:59 GMT
Hello folks! I've found a classical compilation skating album on iTunes. The album's title is Figure Skating Music Best 2014-2015. The album contains the song “I'm Kissing You” as the 5th track by Hayley, which is released on her 2007 Japanese compilation “Prayer”. The album also contains one of Hayley's Ave Maria, which I don't it's version, but it's 3:41 length. There are various artists on it and it's released by Universal Classics And Jazz label. Though I couldn't find the album on anywhere else.
I'm so happy to see that such a favorite, abandoned, and beautiful track is released again. I guess that I'm Kissing You was recorded along with other Treasure tracks on Dublin, Ireland, but it never appeared on album because maybe it wasn't so classical.
Yes, that's a beautiful track. The only other version of it that I have heard is by Rebecca Newman, on her album "Dare to Dream". Rebecca is one of the very few singers that doesn't make me cringe when she covers a Hayley song. She is a big fan of Hayley too, as she mentioned at a recent "fans only" concert she did, saying that Hayley was someone she would like to duet with.
I had a look at some other figure skating albums like this on CD Japan, though I couldn't find this newer one. It's funny, because nobody's ever skated to Hayley's version of this song, though the music from the movie that song is from has been used in skating before. Of course, it was either instrumental, and used with other pieces of the soundtrack (i.e. O Verona), or the original version by Des'ree.
Recently, I've seen one of my favorite ice dance couples skating to this version, and although Des'ree's voice isn't as pretty as Hayley's, watching this program and hearing the powerful emotion conveyed by Des'ree's singing was very moving. I admit I hadn't listened to Hayley's version in a long time. It never excited me very much, but after watching the skating program, I listened to Hayley's version again. Beautifully sung, of course, but Des'ree's more emotional performance, coupled with the exquisitely-performed skating program, was much more moving. Also, I missed the instrumental part in the middle from the original song; Hayley's version was changed, and so it wasn't quite the same. I'd love to share Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje's program with you, but I have to wait till there's a video I have permission to share publicly. It's very, very beautiful.