The Voice: The Back Story

I  LOVE The Voice!  The combination of human “back story,” amazing talent and coaching feedback is very much what Speaking that Connects is all about.  Yes, this show speaks to me because of its focus on raising the bar, believing in one’s dreams and nurturing personal success.

THE VOICE -- "Knockout Rounds BTS" -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

THE VOICE — “Knockout Rounds BTS” — Pictured: (l-r) — (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

The human back stories connect with my heart.  I admire these adventurers both young and old, who drop their routines to give it their all and go for the gold!  I enjoy hearing the stories of the farmhand, the short order cook, the single mom, the recovered accident survivor.  These stories are about the average person who gets his chance, takes the risk, and moves from background to center stage, literally!   It’s the universal human story of believing in oneself and unlimited possibilities.  For many, our dreams are often hidden and hardly recognizable even when we finally find them. Too often  we accept what is, rather than what is possible.  Kudos to those who go that extra mile!

In the final Voice performances everything is seen, heard and felt. Hairdos and outfits, staging and lighting, performances with or without back-up musicians and/or dancers, all influence both the judges and the remote viewers to make their selections.

How do you decide between two contestants though, when voices are equally strong and beautiful and you feel moved by more than one vocalist?  Does the poor, single father of two who barely feeds his family move you more than the sixteen year old victim of bullying or the plane crash survivor that rescued ten others? Essentially I’m asking, does the back story enter into your decision-making process?

Food for thought.   Let me know.

This is part two of a series. To be continued.