Now that my mother suffers from dementia and her communication skills are sometimes next to none, the only really bright part of her life is her music. When my sisters or I visit and we put on a recording of one of her favourite pieces, she is immediately transported into a higher realm of existence. Sometimes, even though she can barely talk, or recognize who we are, she will remember song lyrics and sing along.
When I first discovered the singing sensation Paul Potts, star of Britain's Got Talent -- thanks to the wonders of Youtube and social media, I decided that my mother would really enjoy listening to him. So that Christmas I gave her his first CD. My mother has always been the most stringent music critic I have ever known, and even more so now, when she would certainly not hold back her opinion for fear of hurting anyone's feelings. So when I knew that she really liked his CD, it was high praise indeed!
His second CD, which this cover is from is not quite as popular with us, but it does have this song, which is very appropriate for Mother's Day.
I believe Paul Potts does a much nicer version of this song in Italian than Il Divo does in English. Here is a translation of the first two verses, (which is the part of the song that is the most meaningful for me).
Mama thank you for who I am thank you for all the things I'm not
Forgive me for the words unsaid for the times I forgot
Mama remember all my life you showed me love, you sacrificed
Think of those young and early days how I've changed along the way
And I know you believed and I know you had dreams
And I'm sorry it took all this time to see
That I am where I am because of your truth
And I miss you yeah I miss you
I hope all you mothers out there have a lovely day! :)