Music has been a way for people to express themselves of what they feel. It is a magical tool that soothes an emotion every person may have. However, the power of music seems underrated. We cannot deny the fact that we have been moved to tears or moved to dance by lyrics or a tune. For some, music is their past-time, while for others, it can truly change their life.
Take for example the case of Elsie Balawing, a girl from the Philippines who has been totally blind since birth. She has a voice of an angel and a melody like in heaven. Just recently, she became an instant internet sensation after a video of her singing “I Will Always Love You” was posted on Facebook. The post went viral as it was shared across the world and viewed for over 12 million times.
An Ordinary Girl with an Angelic Voice
Singing to the tune of Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You,” Elsie rendered a powerful yet poignant performance. Her voice was crystal clear; her vibrato and runs were spot-on. Sitting outside her family home in a remote village in the Philippines, Elsie effortlessly brings Houston back to life with her performance. Overall, she gave justice to this Dolly Parton-penned song revived by Houston in 1992 for her movie, The Bodyguard.
Interesting to know, Elsie has never been to school and never learned English. According to Darrell Burnett, the Facebook user who originally posted the video, Elsie just listens to songs and memorizes them by heart. Furthermore, this is not the first video that Elsie sang an international hit song. Prior to singing “I Will Always Love You,” she also sang Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” and Ray Charles’ “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The videos of these have already been posted earlier.
To date, the video has over 12 million views with 145,000 reactions, 23,000 comments, and 288,000 shares. The figures are quickly increasing as it reaches every corner of the world. As for Elsie, she may never know how the power of her voice inspired millions of people. But one thing is for sure, she is a testimony that music can send a message no matter where one in the world is.
Elsie has no disability; she has a great vision of what music is!