Thanksgiving week. SO many other things to think/worry/stress about. Music helps. Not always, and not necessarily a lot, but it helps.
1977: Stevie Wonder, “As”
I wasn’t sure I had heard this song before, until the chorus of “Until the rainbow burns the stars out of the sky” and I had a sudden memory of…something. Me being quite young, certainly. This song was originally released in 1976, so I would have been seven years old, eight at the latest if I heard it when it when it was still new. A vague hint of Sesame Street or The Electric Company or some similar TV show, possibly a special or the Tonight Show if I had the opportunity to stay up late, which happened once in a while.
1982: Phil Collins, “You Can’t Hurry Love”
In my memory this song blends directly into the original by The Supremes, but given the realities of 1980s music I definitely heard this one a lot more than the original. It’s a fun little video.
1987: Laura Branigan, “Power of Love”
Back in the 1980s I had a HUGE crush on Laura Branigan, mostly due to her huge hit “Self Control.” She had an amazing voice and she left us far too soon.
1992: Exposé, “I Wish The Phone Would Ring”
Exposé is one of those bands where I recognize their sound much more than any of their specific songs. They were all over the place back in the early 1990s, the heyday of my MTV-watching life.
1997: She Moves, “Breaking All the Rules”
I…have never heard this song before. It isn’t bad, but not particularly memorable. Good voices, though.