Daily Archives: February 8, 2021

Word of the Week: Focus

As a young man growing up in Northern Italy, Luciano Pavarotti was torn between being a teacher or pursuing a career in music.

His mother, a cigar factory worker, often said, “Your voice touches me whenever you sing.” But a career in music was risky following World War II so she suggested he become an athletic instructor. His father, a baker and an amateur tenor encouraged him to continue developing his voice.

While he continued his musical studies he also enrolled in a teacher’s college. Following graduation, Luciano sought his father’s advice. “Shall I be a teacher or a singer?” Continue reading


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