Indeed, Dion doesn't have a lot of other tracks that have actually made the dance charts--as a remix of this track did just last year. But somehow that hasn't been a huge hamper on her career. And if it's uptempo attitude you want, pop music's all-time ballads queen has that to spare, in person and in a couple of new releases that capture her quiet elegance and can-do Canadian spunk. Dion has a new live CD and DVD, titled Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert, which is the source of this Maximum Performance video of "I'm Alive." Meanwhile, there's a second tour-themed DVD also coming out that same day, May 11. That simultaneous release is Through The Eyes Of The World, a documentary film about her 2009 tour, stretched out from a shorter version that played briefly in theaters earlier this year to a three-hour running time. Speaking of "maximum," May is truly Max-Out Month for Dion devotees.
When they reviewed the footage after the tour was over, it went from home movie to movie-movie, to "give the fans a VIP pass. I feel like they can just travel with me on the plane. Because I'm sure that some of them who are really big fans, who wait at the airport and sleep outside of a hotel, must wonder, how is it to see her with no makeup? Or, how is it when she's really canceling a show? Is she going out of her mind? How is it to travel with her? How is it to go shopping with them? And it was just a great opportunity for me as an artist to show them, to share that with them. And I also have that in my personal library at home for me to look at as many times as I want."
Surprisingly, perhaps, Dion admits that she used to approach music as more of a duty than a joy. "Starting so young as an artist at 12 years old," she tells Yahoo!, "I was focused on my job, and my vocal cords were kind of leading the way, and I was there to serve the music the best possible." Then personal developments made it feel less like a professional inevitability and more of a choice. "I became a mother, and then my life changed totally. Then I was the leader of my life, and being a mom was the biggest responsibility and the most amazing reward, and the most important job that I will ever have in my life. Suddenly singing started to be very, very different for me. It became fun, pleasant, and just a way of expression, not a job. Not something that I have to do, but that I wanted to do."
Dion isn't sure if she'll ever tour again, but does guarantee she won't be going out any time this year or next. But "we're going back to Vegas next year, starting at the end of March. And I'm looking forward to the stability again, to be honest with you. And that will also be a brand new show, something totally different. Why do they want me to go to Vegas again? I just did five years! That must be enough--I guess! I don't know. And then it's like, 'We want you back.' I have to call it a perfect career. Knowing that you're wanted and the crowds that are going there, it's definitely the people that grew up with me, and they're 40 years old as well. And they can travel and they can afford to get some shoes and buy the record and a T-shirt and all that."
Before then, she'll be recording two new albums, in English and French. "We're just starting to listen to songs now, so I can't even tell you what it's going to be. I'm not going to record a country album or a heavy metal album, that's for sure. Though I love both of them, actually," she hastens to add.
Her last album, Taking Chances, lived up to its title, at least a little, by picking more contemporary-sounding songwriters, emphrasizing her lower range, and generally taking her closer to Brandi Carlisle than Caruso. It was no radical reinvention, and "maybe for others it would have been too subtle, but for me it was stretching a lot. It was okay. It was kind of a big move for us. Some of the songs on there are very, very--for me--edgy and different. I'm glad I did it, and I enjoyed doing that album. It's nice sometimes to put on a pair of jeans instead of a nightgown. But going back to yourself, to be true to yourself, feels more natural, actually."
If she were arriving on the scene today, could she possibly hope to build up to anywhere near the same kind of career she's enjoying now? That one's a no-brainer. "I have to say that I feel a lot for the new artists coming up. If you want to be played, if you want to have success, you have to do the hip-hop thing and all that. A lot of wonderful people do that perfectly. The kind of career that I have and the type of music I sing, I don't think I would have a chance today. So I am even more fortunate and appreciative of the fact that I started many years ago. I think my career started exactly when there was a chance for me in the contemporary music. I had the best years. I sold so many records, and people were buying records. It was just before the big crash. It's been tough for the artists. I'm glad a lot of them are finding their path through this, and a lot of them suffered. You can't just say 'Okay, I'm going to change my style, then.' That's so sad. If they think they can go through it and not go crazy and be happy and function and express themselves through changing their styles here and there, then fine. But I know for sure that, for me, it would have been.... Not that I can't do other things.
"But singing my type of repertoire today still works for me. I'm knocking on wood right now. It's because I'm an artist that's been established for so long. People are still relating to 'Because You Loved Me' and the Titanic and Beauty and the Beast themes and all those classic songs. I think there will always be a place for ballads and love songs, obviously. I'm definitely not a hip-hop singer and performer, although I enjoy watching them tremendously and I'm glad they're doing that part. I'm still very happy that I can still do mine, and that my fans are still making me still do it. I guess they're still interested, so I'm amazed. As long as I can express myself, if they want to hear and be with me, then I'm more than appreciative."