Il Divo’s autobiography Il Divo: Our Music, Our Journey, Our Words hits the shelves today. If you haven’t managed to rush out and buy a copy yet, here’s another of our extracts to whet your appetite. This time Sebastien talks about his childhood dreams and passions.
"In those days people were always telling me that I was hopeless and a bad student and that I would never amount to anything. Surprisingly, these criticisms didn’t make me feel downhearted. On the contrary, they made me all the more determined to prove otherwise. Later on, when I realized my eyesight was too poor for me to be a pilot for a big company like Air France, I was upset, but tried to be philosophical. ‘Okay’, I thought, ‘that dream’s over. But I have an even greater passion in my life: music. If I work really hard at it, all will be well’. I worked so hard, in fact, that it became my whole life, so much so that sometimes I forgot to eat; the music became my food, my energy. I would sit there, eyes closed, dreaming of nothing but music for hours and hours. It became my everything, and it still is today. I’ve always thought that dreams are very important. People who find themselves stuck in a rut are in that position because they have no dreams. You have to have dreams. If you don’t, you can’t make them come true. I once read somewhere, ‘Vie tes reves, mais ne reve pas ta vie’. I love the meaning of this – Live your dreams, but don’t dream your life."
Here’s this week’s final extract from Il Divo’s autobiography Il Divo: Our Music, Our Journey, Our Words, out in shops now. This time, Urs talks about his love for music…
"I just love singing on a stage. The emotion of the song sends shivers down my spine. I feel music, am passionate about it. In that instant it’s all I need. There are some songs, like ‘Curaso’, when I just stand there and think, ‘Oh, God, this is so wonderful’. I wouldn’t care if the hall was empty. I used to say this to Carlos, Sébastien and David in the early days of Il Divo, but I don’t think they really believed me. Still it’s true that I don’t need the whole fame thing; it is the process of making the music that satisfies a deep need in me. I get so much from it. I am never able to sleep until two or three o’clock in the morning after a performance, because it’s such an adrenaline rush. When I lived in Amsterdam, singing operas, I would go home afterwards and listen to the whole piece again until the early hours of the morning. My friends and colleagues used to think I was completely crazy. But that’s what music does to me."