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JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 12:29 PM
Porting over my posts about my interviews with Celine...

Nov. 15, 2004

Hey everyone! I'm back, and WOW! It was an amazing trip.

I haven't read through the new forum posts yet, so you all may know this already, but they added A New Day Has Come back into the show as of this week-- first song. They're also planning to add Beautiful Boy.

I wound up interviewing Rene, Celine, Michel, and Patrick. All four were terrific interviewees and I did NOT get the canned answers I was expecting. She seemed much more introspective and straight-up with me than she typically does on TV, so I was thrilled.

I can't spill all the answers here or it'll all be old news before the book comes out, but I think you have some happy surprises coming your way-- yes, there's a good chance she'll tour Europe again and do some smaller venues after Vegas, and yes, she would love to do a jazz album.

She does know about the latest petition-- just found out about it recently. Someone from her team said he thought your complaints about the singles were legitimate. Honestly, I don't know if it'll have any impact, but you did get your message through.

She's truly anti-computer, so I doubt she'll be stopping by. A few of the team do visit the fan sites on occasion, though. I did specifically mention Celinecommunity.com to them, and they knew it right away.

I get the sense that if she had the time, she'd love to meet every one of her fans in person. But she gets overwhelmed and cherishes her down-time, too, so her assistants are careful not to over-schedule her. A funny part of my visit was when a coordinator explained to me that Celine would just keep talking and talking if she was in the mood, so I'd have to be the one to cut her off. ("Yeah, sure," I'm thinking. Like I'm going to cut off Celine!) He told me that she'd tell me it was okay and we could keep going, but that I would have to be firm and tell her we'd talk again another time. And that's exactly what happened. I started feeling bad because it was almost midnight and I wanted her to get some sleep. :D

I have one photo up so far-- 3 more to come. It's at http://www.jennaglatzer.com/about-jenna.htm (http://www.jennaglatzer.com/about-jenna.htm) . Hope you enjoy!

Everyone on the team was so friendly, and I got a real "family" vibe from them. It was a real honor.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 12:31 PM
Doesn't she look gorgeous in that photo? She was so much more beautiful than I expected (and taller, too!). She posed for photos with my family and they were awestruck by how kind she was. She was running late, and five minutes before the show started, she rushed in to meet with us, calling out, "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I want to blame it on my hair, but the truth is I'm always running late." So cute.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 12:32 PM
Another fun fact: I sat two seats down from Tyra Banks in the audience. She kept staring at my family, wondering why we were getting VIP treatment. :P

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 12:39 PM
(Responses to people who asked me how I got this great gig)

Hi!

The story, briefly, 'cause I have to get some sleep!

On the day I left for my honeymoon in June, an editor e-mailed me to ask if I'd like to write Celine's book. I was gone for almost two weeks and didn't check e-mail. When I got back, I wrote to say, "Of course," but she had hired someone else because I never responded-- she thought I wasn't interested.

Later, the other writer had to have surgery and was in the hospital for an extended time, so the editor called me to ask if I still wanted the job. I stepped in in October. Yes, the title is Celine Dion: Follow Your Dreams. Take a look on Amazon for The Sinatra Treasures and you'll have a better idea of what this book will be like... should be full of cool surprises.

I actually don't know whose idea the book was. I believe it was either Rene or one of his associates who contacted the book packager (a book packager is a company that produces "complicated" books for publishers-- books that are full of photos, have pop-ups or special windows or features or come with a gimmick of some kind). The packager had worked with me once before and hired me because of my experience with human interest stories and profiles... and possibly because I also have a background in music and theatre.

My editor submitted my resume and work samples to Rene's office and I was approved and got straight to work.

I know very few of the details yet, but it's planned to be released in English and French, first directly from Celine's website and boutique and later in bookstores, I believe.

It's been a thrill for me to get to "peek behind the curtain" and find out more about Celine and her goals/feelings/passions. It's also a thrill for me to be here and chat with her devoted fans. If I write a really good book, will you be my fans, too? :Thumbs: Seriously, I think it's beautiful how much you support Celine and encourage her to strive even higher to reach her potential.

A funny note... people here were commenting on Celine's pronunciation of "boss" as "bus"-- I just transcribed Patrick's interview and he says it exactly the same way. :)

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 12:42 PM
(Excerpt from the Absolute Write Newsletter that week)


The show itself was splendid, and I got a kick out of my family’s reaction. My brother kept calling out, “I love you, Celine!” and my parents were wide-eyed and full of excited gasps of, “Have you ever seen anything like this?” None of us had. There are 65 dancers and North America's largest LED screen adding to the effect of Celine’s magnificent voice, and she never lets up: She’s right in there dancing with them, getting a crazy workout and never missing a note. Immediately my parents began calling all their friends to insist that they had to come see the show.

I interviewed her afterwards and was advised that I’d probably have to cut her off because she could just keep talking. They wanted me to make sure I was respectful of her time limitations and would not let her chat until dawn when she had another show to do the next day. “Yeah, right,” I thought, “Like I’m going to cut off Celine!” But I started to understand when I realized that 25 minutes had gone by and she was still answering my first question. That woman can talk!

Actually, it wasn’t even my full first question. I began with a quotation of hers from years ago and was planning to ask, “Do you still feel that way today?” Instead, before I could, she was already off and running about why she had said it, how she feels about show business, and how she likes picnics. Okay, I’m oversimplifying, but she covered a lot of ground! They didn’t feel like soundbite answers, the canned answers publicists have trained stars to say. It just felt like an engaging and free-flowing conversation. I’ve heard her fans say this before, but I didn’t know I would feel it-- I immediately felt like we were friends. So much so that after we were finished and had already hugged and kissed goodbye, I blew her a kiss on the way out.

It was instinctual, and I immediately scolded myself-- “What are you doing? She’s a world-famous singer who you met a few hours ago and you’re on a kiss-blowing basis?”

But wait, my social snafus got worse. The next day, I was interviewing her brother Michel (who was one of the coolest characters I’ve met in a long time) and he made a comment about liking my shoes. What did I say?

“Payless! I got them seven years ago and have glued the heels on twice, but they’re still great, aren’t they?”

We Sagittarians are known for our foot-in-the-mouth tendencies. Anthony couldn’t stop laughing. He had specifically told me to buy a nice new pair of shoes before I went to Vegas, but I was too consumed with searching for Kira. I wondered if Michel was going to tell Shoe Aficionado Celine that I was a fashion nightmare now... but if so, he didn’t let on. He just let me hang out and disrupt his work for more than an hour, answering every question I threw his way with a smile and a story, and let me leave him with a CD for Celine to autograph for my brother. (Now Paul’s most prized possession.)

I also spoke with Rene’s son Patrick, possibly the best interviewee of the bunch. His observations were keen and intriguing, and he seemed genuinely amazed that I wanted to interview him at all. I wound up wanting to write a whole book about him.

Before the trip, I had been in close contact with several fan groups to find out what they wanted to know about Celine. They loaded me up with questions and I knew the answers I got were just the ones they hoped to hear. I love being the bearer of good news.

Along the way, I also got to speak with assistants, bodyguards, and dancers, and Rene introduced me to a seemingly endless staff of stage crew, chefs, and musicians. What struck me the most was just how truly warm and down-to-earth the whole lot of them were. Most of the crew has been together for more than a decade, and you can feel their camaraderie. I smirked as I thought about the instructions other celebrity writers have told me they received-- “Don’t look Actress So-and-So in the eye.” “Don’t ask her about this topic.” “You have ten minutes. A guard will escort you out after your time is up.” There were no such limits here. There was heavy security, mind you, but as long as you were inside, you were treated like family.

Every interview ended with kisses on both cheeks and offers to talk again anytime. Celine asked me to come back to Las Vegas to meet with her again, which is currently up in the air. I’d like to go back once more in the coming weeks, but I have to ensure that travel expenses will be covered for my husband or one of my parents to come with me. I’m just not ready to fly and stay on the Vegas strip alone yet. (And if you were wondering, I loaded up on Dramamine and ginger root and wore Sea-Bands and got through that flight while digging only minor gouges in my mom’s arm, thankyouverymuch!)

And that next book deal: While I was there, I got a call from an agent who got my number from an editor at Simon & Schuster who I’ve worked with before. She asked if I’d be available to work on a pretty groundbreaking fertility book due out this fall, in collaboration with two doctors. It was a great surprise to hear that the editor had recommended me; I didn’t know she knew I did health writing. When Celine’s book is finished, I’m on to the fertility book. I can sleep when I’m dead, right?

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 12:45 PM
P.S. I forget who told me about her (Elisa, I think?), but I did meet Dorothy! Met her in the elevator before the show and recognized her right away from the picture. Told her I had spoken with one of her friends, Elisa, and she said, "Elisa from Georgia?" She was very sweet and I can't believe she's 80! And bodyguard Michael is a real cutie.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 12:49 PM
(Responding to the question of how Celine reacted to my brother, who has Down syndrome)

Celine was wonderful with Paul. She took both of his hands in hers, bent right down on his level and told him how happy she was that he was there. She also autographed a CD for him and gave him plenty of hugs.

Everyone on staff was great with him. He practiced speaking French with Michel ("Bonjour, mon ami!"). When I interviewed one of her assistants yesterday, she asked me to make sure to bring Paul back next time I come back, too.

Paul's a riot. He's a huge Elvis fan, so he was thrilled to be in Vegas. When I first got to Caesar's, I was to meet up with two production coordinators who'd take me down to meet Rene. I told Paul on the ride there that he was to act professional and not be goofy. So what does he do?

As soon as the coordinators approached, he sticks on his big Elvis glasses and pulls up his collar. I didn't even notice until they greeted him. Then he turns to the (very pretty) female coordinator and says, "Hello Princess."

I almost decked him. He's lucky he's my favorite person. So later, right before we're going to take those pics with Celine, he turns to me and says, "So, is it okay if I wear my Elvis glasses in the pictures?" I tell him no way. He sheepishly removes them from his pocket and tells me he's too tempted and I can hold on to them for him until the pics are over. :D

He wasn't allowed to come to the interview sessions with me, but he made sure to give me instructions about what I should write. While I was away, he watched the Miracle DVD three times in the hotel. :()

Ever hear the Mark Wills song "Don't Laugh at Me?" Duchy, your son has those perfect wings now.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:16 PM
(More random answers)

Hey, thanks, and welcome, Stefani!

A little check-in and answers to the questions that I remember off the top of my head. :D

First, it was impossible to get any time with Celine this month, so my publisher is extending my deadline and I'll be going back to Vegas in January to meet with her again.

This week I'm interviewing David Foster, so if you have questions for him, please feel free to share 'em.

I spoke with Annika last week. Very nice. Nothing groundbreaking in the interview, but like others have said about Robin, there's just something nice about knowing that Celine has some close girlfriends now (years ago, she said she didn't have any close friends).

Some of the questions people have asked me:

* About Spector and Steinman:

I'm afraid I'm not getting much here for the book. I think Spector is a situation they'd all rather forget. They didn't want me to address either situation in the book, which makes sense if you consider the context...

After I interviewed her, Celine said, "This book will be marvelous for our children. When you're old and the best years of your life are behind you, you give them something to always remember."

If you compare it to your own life and how you'd want your family to remember you, you'd probably want to skip over those kinds of parts, too, even if they make other people insanely curious.

Rene reiterated that there were two Spector songs that were real jewels, and he's sad that the fans will never hear them. Although I still think there's a possibility that situation could change, that's about all I know, and I can't push it any further.

* Have I heard the French songs?

Yes, I've listened to many of her early French songs, but haven't heard much of her recent work in French. It's hard for me to form much of an attachment to the French songs because I can understand only a tiny bit of French now (I used to speak it almost fluently, but lost it). Lyrics are important to me and it frustrates me when I can't understand exactly what she's singing! Even with translations, it's just not the same. It all sounds beautiful, of course, but I have to rely on others right now to explain the differences between her French and English music. (Which others? People on the forum, yes, but also Rene. Wicked tease, aren't I?)

* Someone asked if she's planning to sing a Spanish album-- not anytime soon. She was taking Spanish lessons while she was pregnant, but then came Vegas and everything else went on the back burner. It's still a goal of hers, though.

* Ditto for another Christmas album-- not in the near future.

Did I tell you she's taking Pilates?

Okay, that's all the random musings for today. :wink2:

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:22 PM
Jan. 6

Some early reflections on this book...

When I was asked to write this book, of course I was honored. But I had also avoided getting into the "celebrity biography" arena on purpose, because I've heard from others what a pain it can be to deal with the egos, the lies, and the lousy treatment most celeb writers get. I have my pride, you know...

I always thought Celine seemed nice on TV, but MOST celebs "seem" nice. The behind-the-scenes look can show a very different truth.

I did more interviews yesterday. The further I dig, the more I realize how amazingly lucky I am because I get to write a book that's 100% genuine. I don't have to skirt around any touchy personal issues (drug overdoses, diva behavior, multiple divorces, cat-fights, etc.), and everyone I've spoken with has such nice things to say about her... not in a butt-kissing "I'd better say nice things so they'll work with me again" sort of way, but in a very concrete way, giving me examples of exactly what's so good about Celine and what sets her apart from other singers.

I'm dazzled by the way she gets starstruck by other singers. I'm touched by the way she treats people, no matter who they are. I'm impressed by the way her staff will uproot their lives to follow her around, whether on tour or in Vegas, because there's no one else they'd rather work with. And I'm awed that the way people describe meeting her when she was a relatively unknown burgeoning singer is still the same person she is today.

It gives me a great sense of freedom not to have to put a spin on anything. I started out feeling honored to write this book because she's a big star and a big talent... but now I feel honored because she's an amazing person.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:25 PM
Here's the (rough) English translation of the Journal de Montreal article:

A new book on Celine
Dany Bouchard - Newspaper of Montreal

An American publisher is preparing a book showing Celine Dion's rise to fame through various memorabilia that marked her career. The book, which is not expected to be published for a year, will fall under a series of works already devoted to Elvis, John Lennon and Frank Sinatra.

The publisher Becker and Mayer approached Rene Angélil by showing him the first three volumes they published, which contained significant objects-- for example, a concert ticket or the first manager agreements for the careers of Elvis, John Lennon and Frank Sinatra.

"I am a fan of the three," says the imprésario, joined yesterday by the newspaper. "They are very different books from what one sees on the market. The project with Céline in is still at the beginning and we are currently looking at all the material that we have," he confirms.

The fans

From New York, the author of the book, Jenna Glatzer, was particularly enthusiastic to work on the project.

"Celine Dion is marvellous. She treats everyone with equal respect; I went to meet her to ask her questions and she was interested in asking me questions, too," she says with amazement. Celine Dion: Follow your Dreams will appear by the end of the year, or at the latest, in the beginning of 2006.

Author of many works, several of which are devoted to writing, Jenna Glatzer was chosen for the project in October by the publisher Becker and Mayer. For two months, the 29 year old author has questioned the fans of the singer via various Web sites which are devoted to her.

"I find a lot of information from her fans," Jenna explains. "I take note of their questions and try to find answers for them from Céline and Rene to be able to integrate them into the book."

Much work

Jenna Glatzer met Céline and Rene in Las Vegas for the first time in November. "I met them in Colosseum of Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. I did not have much time with her, but I also spoke to Rene, and to people who work with them."

Jenna Glatzer will meet the couple again this month in Las Vegas.

"She will also meet our teams in Montreal, in Toronto, and in Los Angeles," Rene Angélil mentions. "It really will be an attractive project, although we are only at the beginning."

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:30 PM
Jan. 19

"A good time" would be a vast understatement. I had an AMAZING time. One of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

I was scheduled for a one-hour interview with Celine on Sat., and it turned into 2 1/2 hours. We were busily cracking each other up and having a great conversation.

I left at 2 a.m. and went into the casino. Random drunk men were hitting on me while I waited for my husband to come meet me. Then my cell phone rang. It was Celine. She was calling to thank me for the wine I left for Rene's b-day and to tell me not to finish the book yet because she wants me to come back and talk to her more. I threatened to sleep on her couch. There may be nothing stranger than having a random drunk man breathing obscene come-ons at you while Celine Dion is on your cell phone.

Much, much to tell but have to get to work. Will start with a tease: She's adding a French song this week in response to fans.

ISSW has been bounced around in the show... she decided it wasn't a good song to end on, so they've been trying to figure where to put it. It's been in and out these past few weeks.

No plans for a Spanish album in the near future, but that doesn't mean "never."

Rene was happy you all remembered his birthday. :)

More soon. Tons of transcribing to do.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:32 PM
Hmm... in person... she's just fantastic. An open book, completely, if you win her trust. Suzanne came in at the end, after I had shut the tape off (DAMN, because the off-tape comments were a riot), and joined in on the fun where Celine was doing impressions, telling funny backstage stories, making rather lewd jokes...

I later said to Suzanne, "This is so different from interviews I've seen with her. You heard what she was saying... Would she ever have done an interview like that a few years ago?"

"Never," she said.

As much as I'd like to think it's just that I'm so remarkably cool, a lot of it has to do with career security. She no longer has to be so concerned with what the media will say about her, so I think she felt OK telling me things that she was worried to talk about before. Not that there's anything scandalous to talk about, mind you-- just... well, you know how we've joked about the repetitive things she's said in interviews, like "I want to pick my own tomatoes" and "I can wake up in the same bed every day"? She actually made fun of herself. "I can wake up in the same bed every day... that's a good thing to say on TV, you know," she said with a grin.

She isn't looking at this book the same way she looks at TV interviews. And I'm so glad.



Can you imagine how lucky this girl is?! A private conversation with celine for more than 2 hours, a phone call from celine, free tickets to the show...What more could a fan dream of!?

Free body souffle? :D

No, no, the best part: I sat in on the sound check.

That was the coolest.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:33 PM
If you go to the show, applaud like heck and maybe she'll put in another French song. The main reason she put it in is that she heard many fans calling out to her in French at the show ("Je t'aime Celine!" and "Merci, Celine!") and she wanted to have something in there for them. Normally, when she sings in French at primarily-English concerts, the reaction is very bland.

I did notice that Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore won the poll for which song fans wanted to be added, though, so I was glad to share some good news for a change. :D About the DVD: You have no idea how often I've bugged them about it. I think I'm going to speak to Rene on the phone tomorrow... I hadn't heard that it might be canceled altogether, so I'll double-check with him if I remember.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:34 PM
And now for some fun, random, out-of-context quotes from our interview:

"I almost forgot how to undress me."

"Next time, ask him if he smoked a joint before that."

"Who cares about the song? What about the kiss?"

"I want to jump!"

"Celine, we trusted you! Now she's going to get naked in her video and she's going to have her tongue in everyone!"

:D

This is fun. Maybe later I'll do some mystery quotes and you can try to figure out who said what.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:37 PM
(Answering a question of what my husband thinks of all this)

Thanks! His reaction...

He was adorable. Everywhere we went, he made an excuse to tell people why we were there. At the airport: "Is our flight going to be on time? Because my wife is writing a book with Celine Dion and we can't be late..." At a different casino: "We're staying at Caesars because my wife is writing a book with Celine Dion, but this casino has better gambling." Etc. It never got tired... warmed my heart that he was so proud.

Now, he was really nervous about meeting her/her staff, so he usually didn't accompany me downstairs. He hung around in the casino while I did interviews. Just once, he came down to meet Celine. He felt totally comfortable with her immediately because she was so casual... within a minute, I said something that made her literally roll on the floor laughing, and then Anthony was able to see her as a regular person. And one of the coordinators knew our love story, so he asked us to tell it to Celine. She loved it and said great things to him about it, which also made him feel good.

Funniest part, though--

In that pic above, he felt weird about putting his arm around her, so he wasn't actually touching her, just holding his arm in back of her. After pics, his arm was tired and he dropped it just as she moved... and accidentally swatted her butt. :D

Anyway. We both had a great time.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:40 PM
Oh yeah! I never gave a show review. I thought she sounded outrageously good. By the way, I realized I saw the show and did the main interview on Friday, not Saturday. I loved the Nov. 10th show, but Jan. 14th, she just felt way more powerful to me. She and the whole staff got sick after the holidays, and Suzanne said that the day I saw her was the first day she was 100% again and feeling great. She said they had cranked up the humidity and were happy it rained and snowed a bit! Also, I was sitting next to the sound booth this time, so maybe the sound quality is even better there.

Piano messed up like the 2nd note in ANDHC, which was really jarring and weird. Everything else was tight.

She didn't do ISSW Jan. 14th. I thought she was supposed to, but it didn't happen. The show was essentially the same as the one I saw in Nov. except that they reworked A New Day Has Come a little more and it was probably my favorite performance of all this time around. Really a strong opener.

The 16th, though, was the special one for me because I sat in on sound check. I was the only person sitting in the audience, so it felt like a private concert just for me! She sang A New Day Has Come, I'm Alive, and Love Can Move Mountains (if there were any lip-synching rumors on those songs, you can lay them to rest-- I heard every glorious note), and the backup singers sang I Drove All Night without her (before she got on stage). She infused the songs with a lot of little improvisational riffs, which was fun to hear. But most of the time, she was marching around the stage staring at her feet and chatting with Michel in between lines.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:41 PM
Two other things and then I really have to get back to transcribing:

Jillian: Nope, she didn't tear up. She kind of made fun of me to Anthony. :D I was saying, "I couldn't imagine that any guy would want to date a woman who can't leave the house," and she turned to Anthony and said, "No, you were probably thinking, 'Perfect! She'll stay home and cook and clean for me and never cheat on me!'" Ha, one out of three ain't bad. (I don't cheat!)

And the interesting outfit Celine is wearing: some of the dancers painted the sweatshirt for her and gave it to her as a present the night before.

P.P.S. She hates the red dress.

Crazy woman. I'll take it.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:47 PM
Wait, I'll appease you, Nic, since you liked that signature quote. I'll give you the context for it.

JG: Before 1988, which was when you lost your voice onstage...

CD: '88 was my first kiss in Dublin.

JG: Okay, so that's one reason it was historic, but another important thing happened in 1988...

CD: Who cares about the song? What about the kiss? I didn't turn into a frog. I remember '88 was my first kiss in Dublin!

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:50 PM
Feb. 3

HI! Just got in a few hours ago, and need to sleep, but wanted to say a few quick things:

THE CARDS MADE ME ALL TEARY-EYED, right there in the damn living room, 5 minutes before interviewing Celine. I met up with Cathy and Marisa right before I went to the show on Sat., and didn't have time to read them until after the show, so I took them with me and figured I'd read while I was waiting for Celine to take a shower. I regretted it when Suzanne came in to chat and I was all blubbery. I explained it to her, though, and she thought it was very cool. :)

I can't tell you how much it meant to me... first off, that Marisa and Cathy would travel all that way for me, and to see the beautiful things you all wrote. I was so damn touched, and the only thing that saved me from crying full-out was Anna's message: "Good job, *****." Then I started laughing.

How did you pull this off without me seeing a posting about it?

Tomorrow, when I get up, I shall tell you all about the following things:

Celine crying on my shoulder
Anthony's food poisoning
Me getting a mild concussion while interviewing Celine and doing an impression of her
The fact that PQTME has not yet been added to the show
"Wanna share a cookie?"
The title she loved
How I sang with her (yeah, take that, people who failed to see my singing genius in Forum Idol! :wink2: )
The G-string
Rene's phone message
...and more!

:D

(Okay, okay, I know I must toss a nugget your way so as not to have anyone collapse in anticipation. The title she loved is The Beat Within. Followed by For Keeps. She did not come up with the original title. Nobody seems to know who did, but the culprit seems to be the publisher.)

Thank you so much for the beautiful cards. Anthony and I both read/reread them in the hotel later, and he's buying me a frame to put them in. I hope you still like me after the book comes out. :D

Aside from the food poisoning thing (that was horrifying), I never wanted this trip to end. I have hours and hours of tapes to transcribe, but I'm so looking forward to it. You picked the right singer to care about.

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:52 PM
Okay, the full details:

I got there on Friday, an hour too late to see her doing a bunch of interviews about her new perfume. No big deal, though-- they just thought it would be interesting for me to see how she has to act in "normal" press interviews. So we just had dinner and settled in on Thurs. night.

Meantime, Rene had left a phone message for me while I was on the airplane. I saved it on my voicemail so I could write it down because it made me feel so good. Here it is, in part:

"I read it after the show and I couldn't stop reading it. It's so well-written, so good. So I wanted to thank you and talk about a few details. It was really emotional for me at some times to read what you had written. You captured Celine so well and I'm really proud of you for doing that."

As you might imagine, that put me in a great mood for the rest of the trip! I thought it was a reallly "fatherly" message.

So then came Saturday. We met with Marisa and Cathy for about 45 mins. before the show. Just sat down at a little cafe in the Forum shops and chatted, where Anthony described how he accidentally swatted Celine's butt and Marisa made Cathy turn bright red by telling us about her crush on Celine. Wanted to hang out longer, but I figured we'd get together again the next afternoon. Took my mom's best friend and her husband to see the show, which was, yet again, excellent.

Same line-up as the last two times I saw the show-- no ISSW and no PQTME yet. I started thinking maybe Celine meant they were about to start *rehearsing* PQTME last week, not adding it to the show yet. Of the three performances I saw thus far, the last one (Jan. 15?) was my favorite in terms of Celine's vocal power.

Afterwards, I was whisked downstairs to interview Celine. Had to wait a while because she wanted to take a shower and get a treatment done on her neck. Meantime, Suzanne came in and chatted with me. I love Suzanne. When I first interviewed her, she told me, "I'm not a very good interviewee. I don't know what to say. Maybe I'm a little shy." I told her it was OK, and I would only ask a few questions, nothing painful. Then, about 15 minutes into the interview, she said, "Oh! This isn't like an interview. This is just like talking with a friend. Okay, I'm comfortable now. Ask me more questions!" We continued talking for about 45 minutes that time. This time, she had been thinking more about some of my questions and was ready with some new stories. "Turn the microphone on!" she told me. I cracked up and told her it was cool to see her get authoritative on me. :D

Anyway. Celine came in, smooches on both cheeks, and she sat on the floor. So did I. She told me I didn't have to, but I like floors, too. Then she asked Rollande if there was any snack food around, like Rice Krispie bars or chocolate. Rollande came in with a Rice Krispie bar and a bunch of cookies (shortbread with chocolate... yumm), and Celine asked, "Wanna share a cookie?" This is Anthony's favorite part of my tapes.

We talked for 2 1/2 hours. We were getting deeply into issues about the pressures of show biz at such a young age when she started crying. I was sitting across the table from her and just wanted to hug her... so I did. Went over and put my arms around her and kissed her head. She held my hands and we talked more about what she's looking forward to in the future.

Then I tried to lighten the mood and I told her about the night I saw the sound check. "You didn't know I was there," I explained. "You were walking around the stage like this..." I did an impression, showing her bopping along with her head down, then I flung myself backwards to imitate the time when she lay flat on her back in the middle of "I'm Alive." Oops. Smacked my head on the edge of the couch-- HARD! Made a really loud "whack" noise. Celine rushed over... "Oh my God! Are you okay?" As soon as I told her I was fine, she cracked up and started smacking the chair. We decided I could spin this totally differently to the press... "Celine really didn't want to be interviewed, so she beat me up!"

Anyway. My head started throbbing and a big lump formed, but I kept my cool and we kept talking. We talked about religion, scary moments on tour, people who fall asleep during the show, people who call out to her during the show, what keeps her going, what her musical goals are, etc.

Then she sang me two of her original songs, in part. :woot: (No, I ain't tellin' about them!)

We got to talking about hard rock music and ended up singing together. I have to go back to the tapes to remember what song.

I finally cut us off because I was feeling woozy and a little concerned that I had a concussion. Went to the hotel room and put ice on my head. Half-hour later, Anthony got violently sick. Sympathy sickness?

Well, he was up the whole night making disgusting noises in the bathroom, and I was on the couch praying feverishly that he didn't have a stomach virus. Next day, I met with Rene first, and warned him that I would only blow kisses today because I might be carrying plague germs. He appreciated that.

We went over little details (dates, spellings). Rene has a crazy memory for numbers. He could tell me off-hand the exact dates of just about anything-- the date they saw O, the date his cancer treatments started, tour dates, everything.

I interviewed Celine again that night, for another 2 1/2 hours. This time, while I waited, not only did Suzanne come in to chat again, but she brought Rollande with her and translated for me. They told me that at sound check that day, Celine pulled down her sweatpants to moon everybody and she was wearing a G-string. :shocking:

Celine offered to send her doctor to our hotel room to check on Anthony, but we decided to wait and see... at least he had stopped throwing up by that point and was onto ginger ale and toast.

It was closing in on 2 a.m. when we finally said our goodbyes. She told me that the next time, she wanted me to come back to just have dinner with her and Rene, not for work. I was thrilled and told her I hoped we would stay in each other's lives. She said, "Definitely." We told each other we loved each other, traded some more hugs and kisses (I warned her about the potential germs, but there is no stopping this woman), and off I went.

By the next morning, Anthony was feeling much better. We got to see We Will Rock You (great show!) and the shark tanks at Mandalay Bay (cool). Lost about $100 in the casinos (not bad at all) and were very, very careful about what we ate from there on!

With all the stress over his sickness, I did have one panic attack while we were there :confuse2: ... bummer because it had been a long time since my last one! But no big deal. Celine has had a couple of panic attacks, too, so we had talked about that.

As I transcribe, I'll see if I left anything out that I can tell you about. All in all, it was a terrific trip.

Marisa has been sending me more messages by e-mail and PM from people who sent them after she left for Vegas. It's keeping me on a lovely high.) Thank you all so much!

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 01:54 PM
The following day, several staffers asked me how my head was, so I said, "Oh, great. Celine told everyone?" They giggled and told me "yes." Perfect. All of Celine's staff now knows what a klutz I am. I vowed to lay off the impressions until I learned the living room layout better.

Another testament to the coolness of Celine, though, is that I didn't feel humiliated at ALL. Normally, I would have gone straight into beat-myself-up-over-my-idiocy mode, but instead, we both just laughed about it and made fun of me together and she beat up the couch for sneaking up on me like that. :D

The Celine songs are sooo going into a vault somewhere. Someday my great-grandchildren will sell them on eBay and break my heart. :P

JennaGlatzer
08-01-2005, 02:00 PM
OK, I have to get some sleep. ;) Will finish porting my posts later.

Teodora
08-02-2005, 02:22 AM
I'm still in shock over that mooning in G string story :ROFL:

Jenna, you have no idea how much in means to me as a fan that you take us with you on this journey. Thank you so much!
And I can only dream about that, being in the 'writing business' myself (i'm a journalist). I mean, I'd give anything to be in your shoes (well almost...).
Anyway, thanks again! Keep up the good work!

Mrs. Dion
08-02-2005, 02:40 AM
So then came Saturday. We met with Marisa and Cathy for about 45 mins. before the show. Just sat down at a little cafe in the Forum shops and chatted, where Anthony described how he accidentally swatted Celine's butt and Marisa made Cathy turn bright red by telling us about her crush on Celine.

LMFAO..... Oh deary do I still remember this...... What's funny is how truly embarassed I was at that moment.... most of the time I don't even really think twice before I admit it. I think that was the only time admitting to it has actually made me turn red!!:wag:

Marisa Louise
08-02-2005, 02:56 AM
(looks for Cathy's mind in a particular drawer)

I think you left it there!

Yeah, that was a really fun trip! :) Good times, good times. :Hug2: Happens with extremely cool people, eh, Cathy?

TatiVale
08-02-2005, 03:07 AM
LMFAO..... Oh deary do I still remember this...... What's funny is how truly embarassed I was at that moment.... most of the time I don't even really think twice before I admit it. I think that was the only time admitting to it has actually made me turn red!!:wag:
Cathy -- you're so funny! hahahahahah
Thanks Jenna for everything! :)

Filine
08-02-2005, 01:32 PM
LOL, too funny :) She's got the world on a string our Céline girl...

godessceline
08-02-2005, 07:20 PM
Wow Jenna...Again: it's so generous of you to share your journey with us and give us some sneak-peeks behind the scenes. Sounds like you had a blast! :D

Mozinha
08-02-2005, 11:51 PM
Wow... sooooooooooooooo cool!!!! This is the first time I've read the whole thing.
Thanks sooooooooooo much for sharing this.

anghil5
08-03-2005, 12:21 AM
WOW! I read the whole thing, and I loved it! Those stories are amazing! Sounds like you had the time of your life, and I think it's 'bout time for me to go start becoming a writer, so I can share those things with Celine! Ha!! :idea:

Mrs.Angelil
08-03-2005, 12:38 PM
Oh its great to see all the reports together!

Just reading through them again you really get a sense of Celine!

Mozinha
08-03-2005, 11:41 PM
Yes it feels so much like Celine. I can't wait to read this book!:banana:

TatiVale
08-04-2005, 12:25 AM
Yes it feels so much like Celine. I can't wait to read this book!:banana:
TWO!!! :P I cannot wait!!! Monica... -- those love letters.. hhmmm?!?!? hehe wow

Mozinha
08-04-2005, 11:49 PM
I'm gonna die on the love letters...:banana:
I wonder what she told about Rene....

Piglot82
08-05-2005, 12:12 AM
I'm gonna die on the love letters...:banana:
I wonder what she told about Rene....

Me too, but you already know that.
I have a feeling that since I don't speak french very well I will be sitting with my French-English dictionary translating for quite a while. But it will be worth it!

TatiVale
08-05-2005, 02:13 AM
Me too, but you already know that.
I have a feeling that since I don't speak french very well I will be sitting with my French-English dictionary translating for quite a while. But it will be worth it!
I think some letters are in English.
Stacy -- you wont be the only one ehehe my french is so poor heheh

anghil5
08-05-2005, 02:55 AM
I think some letters are in English.
Stacy -- you wont be the only one ehehe my french is so poor heheh

Mine is, too! I am taking classes this fall to get better though! Can't wait! I might be asking some you all for help! ha! :Thumbs:

Marisa Louise
08-05-2005, 04:08 AM
Hah! My best friend called me today all excited. "Est kay von compree ah pue duh frahsay?"

I had her repeat it a few more times and then tell me what she was trying to say and we worked on it a bit. It was cute. When she said two other phrases that I got you could feel the excitement on the phone. LMAO!

Piglot82
08-05-2005, 05:17 AM
Hah! My best friend called me today all excited. "Est kay von compree ah pue duh frahsay?"

I had her repeat it a few more times and then tell me what she was trying to say and we worked on it a bit. It was cute. When she said two other phrases that I got you could feel the excitement on the phone. LMAO!

HAHAHA I had to read it a few times before I could figure out what it said.
I'm better at reading/understanding French than writing/speaking it, I guess that's common though.
Marisa, you speak French very well. I remember listening to you talk to that lady from Canada when we were at the show.

Marisa Louise
08-05-2005, 07:50 AM
I don't know if it necessarily means it was good. Maybe it just sounded good to us. Notice how she started speaking to me in English, again? LOL.

I like to write and try to read French a lot. By writing in French, though it is far from perfect, I can have a conversation for a while on a good day with good brain function. But when it comes down to actually speaking it, it takes a lot more time to think of the right words, the right versions, the right endings of the words. Often times I find myself speaking to French strangers saying "tu" and it really should be "vous" to be polite. It changes the whole entire sound of the sentence!!


They were an interesting group of people at the show, though. I wish that I could somehow get in contact with them again.

Piglot82
08-05-2005, 09:17 AM
yeah...it's the versions that get me. Future, present, past, imperfect...:crazy: its enough to drive you crazy.

binsk
08-05-2005, 10:59 AM
i studied spanish for 4 years in high school, and all the tenses are a pain in the butt

JennaGlatzer
08-05-2005, 11:08 AM
I used to speak French pretty well. Studied it from 6th grade all the way through to my first year of college, but it's really true that if you don't use it, you lose it. Now I can usually get the gist of it in writing, but I rarely understand it spoken and it takes me forever to think out my translations if I want to write/speak to someone in French.

Mrs. Dion
08-05-2005, 11:52 AM
yeah...it's the versions that get me. Future, present, past, imperfect...:crazy: its enough to drive you crazy.

Your telling ME?! I've been teaching myself French throguh various things for the past few years..... eh.... I can read French alright, but when it comes to understanding someone speaking it....... oi, it all goes right over ma head! :eek: :Headbang:

Salla
08-05-2005, 01:02 PM
lmao. You guys should try studying Finnish.:D

I want to be fluent in French one day..but I doubt it's ever going to happen, cause I've already forgotten about everything I learnt while studying it for 4 years a while back. :rolleyes:

godessceline
08-05-2005, 02:54 PM
Hah! My best friend called me today all excited. "Est kay von compree ah pue duh frahsay?"

I had her repeat it a few more times and then tell me what she was trying to say and we worked on it a bit. It was cute. When she said two other phrases that I got you could feel the excitement on the phone. LMAO!

haha OMG I so didn't get what she was trying to say at first! *lol* That is so cute! :kiss: I took French for three eyars but em and my etacher couldn't stand eachother so I didn't elarn as much as I would have liked to. I have to say I've learned more Ffrench from Céline's songs than I ever did in French class! *lol* Now, my French is really crap (am I allowed to say that Jenna? :banana: ) and I can make out just a few words, maybe the occasional sentence if someone speaks REALLY slowly, hehe.

TatiVale
08-05-2005, 04:45 PM
lmao. You guys should try studying Finnish.:D
And portuguese too! LOL heheh

Yeah --those verbs are pretty boring. In portuguese the verbs are just like french, completely irregular and for me that's enough heheh I can understand something here and there... sometimes a complete sentence especially when the words are simmiliar to portuguese.. but basically I don't know pretty much hehe I learned french in the past for only 6 months and then I stopped 'cause I decided to learn English first.

Now I want to learn french again but spanish in this business world is much more important...but I dislike spanish... it's ..blah! lol and it's "dangerous" too hehe for people who speak portuguese, like me.

Salla
08-05-2005, 06:59 PM
And portuguese too! LOL heheh

Yeah --those verbs are pretty boring. In portuguese the verbs are just like french, completely irregular and for me that's enough heheh I can understand something here and there... sometimes a complete sentence especially when the words are simmiliar to portuguese.. but basically I don't know pretty much hehe I learned french in the past for only 6 months and then I stopped 'cause I decided to learn English first.

Now I want to learn french again but spanish in this business world is much more important...but I dislike spanish... it's ..blah! lol and it's "dangerous" too hehe for people who speak portuguese, like me.

Aren't French, Spanish and Portuguese a bit alike? I took some Spanish classes a while back and I noticed that there were some similarities.:) Finnish on the other hand is pretty much completely different from all other languages. haha.

Bellamy
08-05-2005, 07:12 PM
No one wants to try to learn Chinese? :p

Marisa Louise
08-05-2005, 07:34 PM
Of course when Jenna comes back I have to be gone at work all day, but today with no computer access! (folds arms and pouts).

LOL. Cindy tried having me say something in Dutch. She said it three times and I was studdering on just the first sound alone and then had to stop mid-studder to ask the word again. She just said to me "exactly." :)

I used to want to be quadrilingual. I think I still do. Next I wanna learn Italian.

I already know how to say, literally, "touch your balls!" (Equivalent to our 'knock on wood') lol. Tocchi marroni!

TatiVale
08-05-2005, 08:26 PM
No one wants to try to learn Chinese? :p
NO, thank you ver much!!! hehehe Too dificult... lol
When I was in Toronto studying English some students used to say that Chinese will dominate the world....so maybe I should change my mind and learn Chinese...lol *I'm not sure if I will be able to..* lol

anghil5
08-05-2005, 09:06 PM
I wish I could speak a lot of differnt languages, if I had the time I would learn. But, I'm too busy! That's why I'm taking French as a college class, gotta go to class and make good grades! :Jump:

Casie
08-05-2005, 11:15 PM
Me too, but you already know that.
I have a feeling that since I don't speak french very well I will be sitting with my French-English dictionary translating for quite a while. But it will be worth it!


The French-English dictionary is a good thing :) lol. I took 6 years of French and after my third year, I spent two weeks in France with a host family and many times my host sister and I would sit on the floor with the dictionary in the middle of us and talk that way. It took a long time, but it was fun! :) . Now, I can read and listen well, but speaking and writting take more effort. French was always my favorite subject in high school. I became quite good, but I took one year in college and then I had to drop it because getting a degree in education takes a long time even without taking unnecessary classes. The other kids in my high school class actually called me "le dictionnaire". They thought if I didn't know a word, no one except the teacher would. That was so not true though haha.

Mozinha
08-06-2005, 12:46 AM
My french is getting better everyday.
I studied french for 3 years... but only the basics. I mean, every year we would learn the exact same thing... no improvement, no advanced french, nothing, just basics.
Then I decided to study on my own. I begun with translations of songs, interviews, magazines... everything on Celine. Then listening to her singing and speaking... and now I'm getting good, I think.
I can understand 95% of it both written and spoken and I really love it.

ashleylovescéline
08-06-2005, 01:06 AM
My french is getting better everyday.
I studied french for 3 years... but only the basics. I mean, every year we would learn the exact same thing... no improvement, no advanced french, nothing, just basics.
Then I decided to study on my own. I begun with translations of songs, interviews, magazines... everything on Celine. Then listening to her singing and speaking... and now I'm getting good, I think.
I can understand 95% of it both written and spoken and I really love it.

I took three years of French in high school too, but not a lot of it really stuck. The verbs and different translations were all so confusing! I'm good at pronunciation, and I can of course sing and understand Céline French songs… but that’s about the extent of it! I’m sure if I sat down and really tried, it would slowly come back. But when you don’t use the language on a daily basis, you kind of forget!

TatiVale
08-06-2005, 01:58 AM
Aren't French, Spanish and Portuguese a bit alike? I took some Spanish classes a while back and I noticed that there were some similarities.:) Finnish on the other hand is pretty much completely different from all other languages. haha.
Yes and No. Portuguese is more simmiliar to Spanish. French is more simmiliar in my opinion with Italian.

But spanish because it's too simmiliar to portuguese, it's a little bit confused. Some words spell (sp) the same way -- like "esquisito". In Portuguese "esquisito" means 'weird, strange..' but in Spanish it means another thing completely different which is "good".

anghil5
08-07-2005, 06:12 AM
Hey, Jenna! Let's here more behind the scenes stuff! You know we love it!! Get us even more pumped up for your book! :box: :banana:

TatiVale
08-07-2005, 06:14 AM
Hey, Jenna! Let's here more behind the scenes stuff! You know we love it!! Get us even more pumped up for your book! :box: :banana:
That's a great idea!!!! :)

Mozinha
08-09-2005, 01:20 AM
I took three years of French in high school too, but not a lot of it really stuck. The verbs and different translations were all so confusing! I'm good at pronunciation, and I can of course sing and understand Céline French songs… but that’s about the extent of it! I’m sure if I sat down and really tried, it would slowly come back. But when you don’t use the language on a daily basis, you kind of forget!
I use mine at my work, in a hotel.

Fanny
08-15-2005, 01:45 AM
*If anyone needs help in french, you know where to find me :)*

Marisa Louise
08-15-2005, 06:05 AM
Hey, Fanny! :hi:

Yeah, guys! She'll even have you practice saying really hard words like strombinoscope and millehuitcentquatrevingtdixneuf.

...And practice talking in Céline's non-perfect French accent. LOL.

Fanny
08-15-2005, 12:08 PM
Hey, Fanny! :hi:

Yeah, guys! She'll even have you practice saying really hard words like strombinoscope and millehuitcentquatrevingtdixneuf.

...And practice talking in Céline's non-perfect French accent. LOL.

Haha :kiss: Yeahhhhhhhhh I can be hard sometimes.... but just with you, Marisa ! :Jump:

anghil5
08-15-2005, 11:20 PM
Fanny, you can help me with my French, I don't know ANY and I am getting ready to start a class next Monday! AH! I could use the toughness from ya! :box:

Fanny
08-15-2005, 11:47 PM
Yeah sure ! Wow I'm going to help a few people in french, I also make translations... I think I should get paid for that ! :ROFL:

Oh by the way, beware because if you bother me... I'll give you bad translations and you'll get kicked out by your teacher if you ever say them...

Hahahahahahahahahahaahahahhha *machiavelian laugh* I have the power !

anghil5
08-16-2005, 12:00 AM
OH NO! Haha! You will have me telling my teacher off! I will fail the class!

:Hail: Be nice to Fanny!

Fanny
08-16-2005, 12:25 AM
Hmmmm I'm not sure I'm THAT bad... let me see... aweeee ok I am. But I'll be nice to you :partyguy: