Clay Aiken – A Perfect Way To Start A Beautiful Concert

The Supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
~ Victor Hugo


Have you ever heard of the songwriting team of Francis Lai and Carl Sigman? These two talented men wrote the beautiful song, Where Do I Begin from the movie, Love Story. Both men have written many songs and are famous for beautiful movie music.

Francis Lai was born in April of 1932, in France.  This wonderful musician has written the music for more than 100 films and composed over 600 songs. He is most famous for composing the music to A Man and a Woman (1966), Love Story (1970), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007).

In 1970 Francis Lai won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best music, Original Score for the film Love Story.

Carl Sigman was a lyricist who collaborated with many composers, but is known the most for his work with Big Bands and their leaders, including Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Guy Lombardo.

Some of Sigman’s best-known songs are Pennsylvania 6-5000, Ebb Tide, and Where Do I Begin.

Carl, who was born in Brooklyn in 1909, passed away in September of 2000.

During February and March of 2011, Clay Aiken traveled the US on his Tried & True Tour. He surprised the audiences by starting each concert behind the curtain, singing the theme song from Love Story – Where Do I Begin. It was a perfect way to start a beautiful concert.

Interesting fact: 

The song was first introduced as an instrumental theme. 

The lyrics were added after the theme music became popular.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful YouTube of Where Do I Begin

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8 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Perfect Way To Start A Beautiful Concert

  1. On this very cold morning, you have warmed my heart with this special memory of Clay! So beautiful! Thank you, CANN for sharing the pictures and the video of OMC doing what he does best!

  2. Lots of snow waiting to be shoveled and flurries still coming down–22 degrees–but I’m taking time out to listen to Clay warm my heart. Saw this concert in Cleveland so many years ago.

  3. My 2 daughters and I saw this show in Cleveland also – it was also special as 1of the girls had a M&G and we had very good seats. To say we enjoyed everything so very much is an understatement for sure. Thank you for all of the info concerning the writers.

  4. Thank you for the pictures and video. A beautiful song ,voice, video and man. I was there. Thank you for the memories. Thankyou CANN.

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