“Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren (1972)/The Isley Brothers (1974)

“It’s important to meeeeeeeeee…that you know you are freeeeeeeeeeee…” “Hello, It’s Me” is  dedicated to someone who wants to be a free spirit. I can appreciate the lyrical sentiment; wanting to love and enjoy someone for the time you share as opposed to thinking of them as belonging to you. It was the first song… Read More “Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren (1972)/The Isley Brothers (1974)

“Hello” by Adele (2015)/”Hello” by Joe (2015)

Adele’s 21 album surpassed expectations to become a monster hit, the type of big-selling album that most people thought wasn’t possible in the 2010s (and seriously, probably won’t happen again). I’m pretty sure that Adele’s record company (and maybe not Adele herself, since she seems so blase about her success and that’s actually kind of… Read More “Hello” by Adele (2015)/”Hello” by Joe (2015)

“The Harder They Come” by The Joe Jackson Band (1980)

Jimmy Cliff originally wrote and sang “The Harder They Come” as the theme song for the movie of the same name, in which he starred. The Harder They Come, the song, album and film, are widely credited with familiarizing non-Jamaican music fans with reggae. I’ve been familiar with the song my whole life; partially because… Read More “The Harder They Come” by The Joe Jackson Band (1980)

“Feel The Fire” by Peabo Bryson (1978)/Stephanie Mills (1979)/Teddy Pendergrass (feat. Stephanie Mills, 1980)

I first heard “Feel The Fire” as recorded by Stephanie Mills. It was the final track on her 1979 breakout album What’cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ and got major burn in the house I grew up in. Someone in my family must’ve been going through it. It also apparently got burn in lots of… Read More “Feel The Fire” by Peabo Bryson (1978)/Stephanie Mills (1979)/Teddy Pendergrass (feat. Stephanie Mills, 1980)