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A beautiful ballad has always been something that catches my attention, even when I was young, I used to really enjoy a song with a soft melody and quiet tones.  Even if I had no clue what love was.  I remember growing up with the likes of VH1 or MTV and seeing the music videos and always enjoying the song being put to a small “movie” to help get a message across.  One of the songs and related videos I remember the most was Lionel Richie’s Hello.

The video centers around a drama professor who happens to be in love with a blind student of his.  I thought the narrative of the video and accompanying song really captured the longing of the characters and the pure emotion of the lyrics really touched me far into my adulthood.  This is why Hello was one of the first songs I ever covered when I learned to play the piano.  I recorded this cover in 1999, and it remains one of the best I have ever done.

I’ve been alone with you inside my mind
And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times
I sometimes see you pass outside my door
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You’re all I’ve ever wanted and my arms are open wide
Cause you know just what to say and you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you

I long to see the sunlight in your hair
And tell you time and time again how much I care
Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
Hello, I’ve just got to let you know
Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely? Or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying I love you

Hello

Is it me you’re looking for?

Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely? Or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying I love you

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