Tenor Jesse Blumberg sang "Bring Him Home" at actor James Gandolfini's funeral mass in Manhattan's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It's an especially apt musical choice since the beloved actor's repatriation to the states from Italy last week was expedited thanks to phone calls from Bill and Hillary Clinton. Americans just wanted their big guy back. Here is Alfie Boe's sweet rendition of "Bring Him Home." And here's the same song on piano and cello alone, once again revealing that old standbys are great without the words a lot of the time.
Peace be with you Mr. Gandolfini, a most talented, intuitive and generous man. Here's HBO's video tribute to him.