Celine Dion. Thank you.

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Celine Dion, thank you.

I’ve never been to a real concert. A music concert. I’m 32 and I’ve never seen a proper stage performance of a super famous person. I’ve seen little concerts, but never seen anyone famous in real. Why? Well, no one was ever worth it enough for me. I love music - I was even headed down the singer path at one stage - but I didn’t have the money or the desire to see performances I wasn’t passionate about. Until now.

Celine Dion. I have been so moved by this experience, her performance in Melbourne (08/08/18) that I have to share it here. Whilst she must know how special her music is, she can never possibly know how many people she has helped in the world. Me being one of those people. Music touches the soul. It penetrates so deeply that it can move you to tears. It can be your friend, it can help you feel safe, help you to laugh. Growing up, Celine was always there. My sister, Alexandra and I would sing to her music all the time. In retrospect, we were just two little girls who knew, even back then, that there was something truly special about this woman. There is love in her music. And I don’t mean love as in romantic love. No, there is love in what she does. A genuine passion and care for every note. And because of this, every single note touches the heart.

We had a difficult time growing up. Family dramas which I won’t go into here, but just know it hasn’t been an easy road. What I wanted to share was how grateful I am for this woman, for Celine. She has been a friend to me my entire life, and she doesn’t even know it (although I’m confident Celine would be very aware of just how special she is).

The moment she walked onto the stage at Rod Laver Arena I was in awe. Tears welled in my eyes. I was mesmerized by the fact that someone I have admired my whole life was within meters of me. I could hear her with my own ears and see her with my own eyes. She no doubt saw me in the crowd as Alexandra and I were lucky enough to have VIP Diamond seats at the front. And whilst everyone was watching much of the show through their phones trying to capture every moment to replay later (it’s not real unless it’s on our phones…) I was paralyzed. I couldn’t take my eyes of this woman and I didn’t want to miss a moment of the live show (so I could go home and watch it on my phone).

Seeing her was like coming home, to the happiest home of my life.

I don’t get star struck. I just wholeheartedly appreciate that Celine has existed in my lifetime. That I had her to turn to. To keep me company, always.

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Music is like a meditation for me. It takes me somewhere. It helps me to feel. To see the beauty that surrounds. To find hope when I’ve felt hopeless. As I’ve always professed to my students, yoga is not just about an asana practice, a pose. Likewise, meditation is not just about sitting in silence in a pretty garden. No. Yoga and meditation are about connection. If your yoga is to sing, then that is yoga for you. Whilst I love the asana practice of yoga, music and singing is something that has always taken me deep within. And whilst I did not pursue the once dream of becoming a professional singer, this doesn’t mean music is not a huge part of my life. It is and it always will be.

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Finally, to my dearest friend Celine. I will be forever grateful for having had you beside me. At times when I’ve needed to cry, laugh or just feel something, you were there. You are and continue to be my idol. Thank you for coming to Melbourne. As there are no USA trips on the cards for me in the near future I had resigned myself to the fact that I may never get to see you live in concert. Well, it turns out dreams really can come true.

Sending so much love and gratitude to you,

Jessica xx