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The weekend!

With all due respect to you Bob Marley fans, it’s been brought to my attention that 4/20 was also this man’s birthday.

My favorite song from the best pure vocalist of my childhood.

Have a good one folks!




This one I love as an artist.

The ability to look at something on a sheet of paper and then regurgitate it back out; the mechanical part can more or less be taught to anyone.

But to emotionally draw you in and make it feel so personal and immediate?  We all love that in different ways.

I’m not the first to say this was one of Luther’s strengths; this is one of many songs where it really feels like he’s singing to someone specific.

(I’ll let others get into ‘who’ he was singing to…)



It’s the weekend and feels like I haven’t come with pure romance in a minute.




I mean, SERIOUSLY?!?

Who else could turn the International Stalkers Anthem into a really beautiful love song you would hear at the end of the second act of a romantic comedy when the two main characters are separated and missing each other?

(Nope, didn’t say that out loud…)





I can only speak for
The things that I’ve been through
So when it comes to our love
I’ll talk the whole night through
About the lovin’ I’ve been missin’
Lately, baby I ain’t had no kissin’
Don’t you love me
Can we stay together

Like when we used to be in love
But now you’ve got your head on another cloud
Girl, we had a good thing
But now you’ve turned around
Don’t you even care how this love
We’ve had turns out

(Promise me, you’ll leave me never)
(That we’ll be in love forever)
(Promise me, you’ll leave me never)
(And that we’ll be in love forever)

We can work at our love
And make it all brand-new
If we stay together
There’s nothing we can’t do
Improve the lovin’ is what I’m seeing
Let’s do it baby
Don’t fight the feeling
Won’t you love me
Can we stay together

[Repeat Bridge and Chorus]

Forever, ever, promise me you’ll leave me never
Won’t you promise me (That you’ll leave me never)
Promise me, forever and ever, and ever





Alright gang, we’ve been pretty heavy the past couple days, let’s mix the music back in (with a smile on my face).



’20 Feet From Stardom’



With only a general knowledge of what this film was about, it took about 5 minutes for this pop music geek to feel like a kid in a candy store.

20 Feet From Stardom is the story of the background singer.  And I’m still a little amazed by how much information and how many stories they packed into a crisp 90 minutes.  You get opinions from some of the stars: Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger.  You hear from some of those who started as background singers and graduated to the spotlight: Sheryl Crow and (the man) Luther Vandross.  And you get this really nice history on the evolution of the background singer.  It started really ‘vanilla’ (pun intended), but as gospel music gave us the Arethas and the Whitneys, it also gave us this treasure trove of singers who learned in the church choir ‘where their voice most naturally fit into the song’ (I absolutely loved that line).  Our earliest song memorizations are always the hooks and the chorus, and this film is a nice tribute to the people who we’re actually singing along with when we first hear a song we like.

If you can’t tell, I highly recommend this one to all music fans.



Life goes on, so let’s reboot with an optimistic song…




I never hear people bring this one up as one of Luther’s best.  Fair enough but I think it belongs in his second tier of great songs at least…




Last week was the Sex/Lust week, so let’s transition out of that with one of my favorite romantic/love songs.

Been many years ago now, but as memory serves the first love scene I ever wrote was to this song.  Enjoy.