I think I'm just a little bit in love with Vince Gill. This is a pretty big deal - I don't crush easily. I tend to distrust celebrities and others who put themselves out there to be noticed and approved of. I don't usually believe "public facades" and if truth be known, I fight thinking that people who need public exposure/acceptance are somehow flawed and needy. I realize that to assume this is just as wrong as believing that we "know" any of the famous people that we are bombarded with daily - so I just try to stay neutral.
There is an exception to my ambiguity about famous people. I am a sucker for TALENT and KINDNESS. When a very talented person shows kindness in their interactions with others I makes my heart go pitter patter. A good example of this is Ellen Degeneres. Another example is Brad Pitt in the advent of Katrina (I didn't think much of him -good or bad- before that). And, to get back to the subject at hand, I have always regarded Vince Gill as an extremely kind person - so it is no wonder that every time I listen to his music I fall just a little farther in love and admiration with him.
I picked up one of his Christmas CDs the other day at an estate sale and popped it in the player as soon as I got in my car. Minutes later I am singing my heart out and enjoying this incredible peaceful feeling that comes over me every time I listen to him sing. His voice is just so darn nice. It helps that I love to listen to music that I can sing to and his vocal range seems to match right up with mine. He sings high for a man and I sing low for a woman. He sings remarkably on pitch - and this long-time choir girl really gets excited about a man that can sing on pitch. He has very little vibrato - just a sound so clear and lovely that it is almost haunting. Beyond his great voice, he is also a very talented songwriter and plays several instruments well. When I try to put words to the good feeling I get in my gut when I listen to his music I am left speechless. So I guess I will stop writing.....
(It doesn't hurt that is is a good 'ole Oklahoma City boy either)