Steven Tyler and Chris Botti – “Smile” Live
You Can Get Through Anything — Just SMILE!
Composed by Charlie Chaplin, this feel-good song is about having a brighter and better tomorrow if one would only smile. It was originally recorded by Nat King Cole in 1954. It has been covered several times from Michael Jackson to Westlife and has become a standard song. In this particular version, Steven Tyler pairs with Chris Botti who is a famous Italian-American trumpeter. He has received several nominations from the Grammy Awards and has collaborated with other popular musicians as well.
Botti plays a Martin Committee large bore Handcraft trumpet made in 1939, and uses a No. 3 silver plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926, having recently retired his 1920 3C Bach mouthpiece. He uses a Leblanc Vacchiano Harmon mute from the 1950s.
While we’re used to hearing Steven Tyler rockin’ the stage and screaming, this one is very different and extra special. His beautiful distinctive raspy voice sings this wonderful melody and dedicates it to his father. It’s a touching and moving rendition and Steven has put so much heart into it. It was a great way to honor his dad and the audience surely felt just as emotional.