I don’t have a theme for this week. Two of the songs stood out to me like two nights ago, but the third really just came after some thought. Ah well, my focus right now is building content, so I’m not going to bother with a theme until I get a better hold on writing things to be posted a week later.
As I may have said before, #MusicMonday is much easier to do on WhatsApp than it is on WordPress, but it’s definitely not impossible. So it’s much easier to pick songs for #MusicMonday on WhatsApp one week, and then post those same songs on WordPress a week after. It’s hard to pull myself out of laziness, but the little things count when it comes to building content.
If you’re any type of true R&B fan, you’ve listened to Luther Vandross before. Many people have made that joke that a lot of African Americans were conceived to Luther Vandross. As someone who recognizes the need for spontaneity when having sex, I’m of the belief that that number is much lower than it is expected it to be.
In any case, I don’t consider myself a Luther Vandross fan, but this particular song has always stood out for me. As a teenager, I was always subjected to Houston’s Magic 102.1 whenever I rode anywhere with my stepdad, and “Wait For Love” played fairly often during the “Quiet Storm” segment.
To be quite honest, I originally was drawn to the song because of the way the chorus sounded. I loved the call and response aspect of it, and the emphasis on the vocals. I later started to listen to the lyrics, which resonated for me as someone who had pursued love ‘til I was blue in the face, before finally just allowing it to come to me.
Some things you just can’t appreciate until you’re ready.
I can’t remember if I’ve ever spoken about being a Michael Jackson fan on this blog, but he was definitely my first favorite singer.
A couple months back, someone on Twitter said that no one ever talks about Michael Jackson being a great vocalist. Some fans wondered how someone called the “King of Pop” wouldn’t be considered a great vocalist, but others noted that most would only see him as a great performer. I think both points were valid.
My first introduction to Michael Jackson was, as far as my memory is concerned, a random concert on TV. My dad regularly let me play the HIStory album as early as 1996, but, like most people, I only knew MJ as a great performer. It would be another six years before I bothered to actually listen to the album, and understand MJ better as a vocalist.
“Childhood” is one of my favorite singles from the HIStory era, as I really sympathized with the lyrics. It was also a very jazzy sound in the way of the “Butterflies” from the Invincible album. There were other songs from the HIStory album that I loved like “You Are Not Alone”, “Scream”, “Little Suzy”, “D.S”, “Tabloid Junky”, “They Don’t Care About Us”, and “Smile”. However, the notes that Michael hit on “Childhood” will never leave me.
I would be remiss if I didn’t note that Michael Jackson looked like a whole alien during this era. I remember loving his haircut from the “You Are Not Alone” video, but that makeup was not it at all.
May he rest in peace.
Speaking of resting in peace, I really like this Kenny Chesney song about people close to us dying young.
For all I know, Kenny Chesney and the whole of Country Music may have gotten called out and cancelled in response to the George Floyd protests, but I used to have continuous country moods in my younger days and my mind ran across this song.
When I was a teenager, Country Music Television used to have Kenny Chesney and George Strait on all the time, so I never could tell which songs came from when. So every time I think of Kenny Chesney, I think of “Who You’d Be Today”, “Anything But Mine”, and “Shift Work (feat. George Strait)” because they were always playing. My favorite will always be “Anything But Mine”, but I was fleshing out a sad plot point in a book I’m always thinking of writing, and “Who You’d Be Today” fits that mood the best.
That’s all for today, see you next Monday!
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