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"I sing because I can. I try to keep my body in shape so that I can produce the sound I like to make. Beyond that it's interpretation. So many pop and rock artists sing in their throat and sing noise - no need for thought or for reaching any sort of depth of understanding in relation to the lyrics. (Well first you need good lyrics.) Give me a song with a good lyric and a good melody and I will sing it."

Robert Goulet

October 17, 2002

"If music be the food of love, play on." ~ William Shakespeare

I had toyed with the idea for the Robert Goulet Greeting Cards and had discussed my thoughts with Robert to create ecards combining his music and his poetry. My vision featuring his music in a form of e-cards seemed a natural transition in the new age of online communication. He loved the concept and felt his fans would welcome such an endeavor. It brings a smile to my face when I recall how diligent, enthusiastic and excited he was selecting his music and editing his poetry. Alas, in an instant time suddenly stood still, and sadly we did not complete the projects.

As the keeper of the flame to Robert's legacy I have spent the past three years going through our archives and have been astounded with the musical wealth and treasures Robert left and entrusted me with. I have spent endless hours re-mastering and digitizing never previously released recordings. The earliest I have found he recorded when he was barely 18 years old. The more recording treasures I listened to, the more I marveled at his talent and his musical versatility. Between the ages of eighteen to twenty-one he was able to alternate from Opera to Pop and Big Band, from Broadway to Country with such effortless ease and always with passion and emotion.

A good singer has to be a good actor in order to interpret the song and tell a story. If you listen to some of the best, Bennett, Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Eydie Gorme, Jack Jones, Streisand, Garland, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Shirley Bassey, Piaf, Charles Aznavour, all of them good actors.

But what separated Robert from so many great artists was his amazing musical and vocal versatility to interpret and deliver each song in so many different genres of music with conviction and feeling. To quote my friend Michael Walters, a fellow entertainer, "Robert was able to take a lyric and do things with it that would sound very clumsy sung by anyone else, but with him it's like watching Kelly or Astaire Dance - just effortless. I cannot explain what it is that I hear - it's almost as if he can scoop or roll a lyric around without actually doing it. But it wasn't just mere phrasing; it was the combination of tone with the phrasing and the ability to place the notes either in the mask of his sinus or from the diaphragm. He never used the placement in the throat, which is why he was able to sing his entire life. Too many singers ruin their voices from placement in the throat. Robert never did".

Words were Robert's passion and he approached each song by understanding the lyric and telling a story with impeccable phrasing. His voice and unique style are instantly recognizable. When so many singers sink into a morass of slurred speech, his flawless enunciation is incredibly refreshing and adds to the depth of emotion he brings to any song, especially to romantic melodies.

Developing and creating this project has become a labor of love and it has allowed me to complete one of Robert's unfinished dreams, which he would want me to share with you.

Please enjoy browsing the e-cards, and if you are not already a member, I hope you will consider joining and sharing Robert Goulet Greeting Cards with your friends and family. I want to thank all of Robert's fans from the bottom of my heart for embracing me with your support and love, but most of all I want to thank you for helping me preserve Robert's legacy.

Vera Goulet

A yearly subscription membership fee will give you access to the entire range of e-cards and will allow you to send as many greetings as often as you like. A discount is offered for a two years subscription. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will go directly to the Robert Goulet Foundation to allow RGF to continue to support the work that is being done by charities in medicine, science, education and the arts.

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