Chooch and I accidentally found Comedy Central’s autism benefit, “Night of Too Many Stars,” airing a couple weeks ago and the only thing I can remember about it is Katy Perry’s performance with Jodi DiPiazza, a young beauty with autism. Ms. Perry seemingly forgets that there is a live audience and cameras present for about four solid minutes as the two sing Katy’s song, “Firework.” I was just reminded of it by hearing a slice of the original song and can’t believe I never mentioned it here.
If Katy Perry fails to go up in your opinion by at least 1 point after watching this video, then you’re a robot. Even if you don’t like her or her music, which I was not prior to seeing this performance.
Note: The video is 8 1/2 minutes long. For those busy, impatient or not really interested, I suggest an abbreviated robot test, which may be less accurate if you don’t know how music bridges the gap of autism with this young beauty, then you can start at around 3:15 when the bio ends and the song begins.
MORE IMPORTANTLY: If you can spare a couple bucks for the charity, please do. I think the video shows what is possible when opportunities and tools for communication can be given to those with Autism: heart-break, inspiration and bliss. (There is a clicky linky button in the bottom left hand corner of the screen while the video plays.)
SPOILER: Watch for the smile with adorable dimples when the girl hears the audience cheer her at the beginning of the song.
Now, I’m going off into the corner to sob for a little longer. Honestly, that girl has the voice of an angel that breaks my heart even as it makes it soar with inspiration. And hearing Katy’s voice break (a couple of times?) as she seemingly feels the meaning of every word of the song as she sings with, and to, Jodi as the young girl plays piano. And cynics, even if it is only a performance by that makes it appear that Katy is not a robot, with her full and believable commitment to that role, she deserves a frakkin’ Emmy. And that should also garner her going up at least one wee notch, don’tcha think?