Indeed, he begins the song with a lush reading of the word, “Romance”. It is resonant, charged with anticipation, and locks us into the proper mood. He holds on to the first syllable as though telling us to listen carefully to what he has to say. Exactly what is romance? The dictionary tells us it is an experience that excites the imagination. Clearly, it is a word that can be packed full of meaning. Of course! As we listen to Mario sing, he delivers the lyrics in a thoughtful way that enables us to share in the enchantment. He conveys the feeling that romance can be a truly idyllic adventure. Musically he explains that it can lift us up from lonely emptiness, that we can all experience it at any time, and that we should be ready to accept it when the opportunity comes to us. In other words, it is a thrill not to be missed.
third pronouncement of this coupling, Mario echoes the second “romance” so softly that is almost an ethereal occurrence. He follows with, “Be eager to heed its call”, and we are now primed to do just that!
Mario uses delicious phrasing on, “….fall from the tongue, (and they’re sung to a glorious ending…….. Rooo-mance….”). Surely he is out of breath by now, but he doesn’t falter in the least and sings “Romance” with as much ardor as you’d expect from that word.
Mario joyfully sings the last line, “Romance, romance, be eager to heed its call, for life is a void till you’ve enjoyed, Romance - Sweet - Romance”. The last three words, all sung on the same exuberant high note, exhilarate us and make us anxious to embrace this “Romance” for ourselves. Mario, you’ve captured our hearts once again!!