Late Bloomer

Album: released as a single (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • Marina Maximilian is an Israeli singer/songwriter who came to the fore on Kokhav Nolad, the Israeli equivalent of American Idol. "Late Bloomer" has a very specific inspiration. She explained:

    "When I was 13 years old I had the privilege to take part in an inspiring workshop with Dror Cohen, a pilot that got in an accident and lost his ability to walk. This remarkable man didn't let anything stop him. He founded an organization for extreme athletes with special needs named 'Etgarim' and actually started his new purpose in life only after the accident.

    When I was thinking about the wide meaning of the song 'Late Bloomer' for me, how trustful in life we should be, to be able to accept its mysterious ways, immediately I thought about Dror. Every time we had the chance to meet, he reminded me without even knowing - how grateful and full of desire we should be because sometimes our destination can be revealed only at a certain point, no matter how hard we try."
  • In the video, Marina follows one of the most inspiring people she's had the privilege of meeting: Dror Cohen. Dror is a former pilot who lost his ability to walk in an accident, but he didn't let that stop him. He became an extreme athlete and eventually founded an NGO that supports disabled athletes. In the video clip, you see him fulfilling his dream of participating in the world-famous Dakar Rally. Dror, a reluctant "late bloomer," discovered his new destiny in life under extremely challenging circumstances. He gives lectures all around the world, never stops fulfilling dreams, and continues to participate in international extreme sports contests.

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