I’m sitting here at my 9-5 and feeling pretty productive considering that I found myself writing and strategizing into the wee, bleary-eyed eyes hours of the morn. And like normal, I open Spotify and let me brain randomly pick songs that I love or ones that will motivate, inspire or cause an involuntary, unstoppable head nod. (no, not from lack of sleep but because of the connection, the passion I have for REAL music.)
So I started out listening to Lalah’s version of “Forever, For Always, For Love.” Well of course you know what that did. It prompted me to type in Luther’s name into the search bar to take a listen to his version. And call me crazy, but I still think I’d choose hers over his. Maybe because I think I can sing her version better. Ha! But, that’s not the debate I want to begin in this post. I’ll save that for the Hear What I Hear Facebook page.
What I would like to discuss is Luther Vandross and how he’d have his way with a ballad. Have you ever stopped to consider just how he was able to turn a song about the woes of love and heartbreak into a lullaby. The subject matter never really mattered for Luther. Instead it was always the tones, inflections and the delicate, yet skillful way he handled his songs.
I could go on and on about Luther, but I gotta get back to work. But for your listening pleasure…let me live you with my song of the day…”Otherside of the World” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYtFghpNk1U&w=200&h=210]Have you ever really listened to this one? Notice the instrumentation. Observe how Luther approaches each line. Watch closely how it makes you feel!
Until Next Time…we still miss you Lou!