Lisa Fischer is best known as a background singer. She initially gained prominence working for Luther Vandross, and she was a highlight of his live performances and even his videos, obtaining a featured role in 1987’s “Stop to Love” clip. Her work with Luther caught the attention of Mick Jagger, and she was an integral… Read More “How Can I Ease The Pain” by Lisa Fischer (1991)
“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)
I was an unhappy kid in the spring of 1987. I’m not sure if that unhappiness played into how much I disliked “Happy”, the breakthrough hit for the band Surface, at that time. Maybe it wasn’t so much unhappiness as it was that the song seemed to be on Detroit radio every half hour (and… Read More “Happy” by Surface (1987)
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)
“If you call me home, I’ll come driving as fast as wheels can turn”. If that don’t signify love, I don’t know what does. “Driving” was the first Everything But The Girl song to get any significant chart ink in the U.S. What may be surprising to some is that EBTG made their initial American… Read More “Driving” by Everything But The Girl (1990)
Simply sung sentiment, sounding sweet. More proof that you don’t need bells, flash, whistles or tricks to make a great song. Just a soulful voice, potent lyrics, and a chilled out groove. From the king of no bells, flash, whistles or tricks. “Can’t Get Over You” would have made Beverly’s benefactor, Marvin Gaye, very proud.
Anita Baker’s Rapture album wasn’t something I was particularly interested in initially. I was 10, and there was barely an ounce of tempo on the whole thing. I didn’t dislike the album at all (and that’s a good thing, because I was living in suburban Detroit and Anita was a local gal, so songs from… Read More “Been So Long” by Anita Baker (1986)