Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
We have been taught that nothing is perfect. Perhaps, but I think many songs have a near perfect vocal. Examples that come to mind include Frank Sinatra on “My Way”, Otis Redding on “A Change Is Gonna Come”, Elvis on “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and Aretha Franklin on “Respect”. But every now and then, an almost perfect vocal performance comes out of nowhere and hits me like a tsunami. That is exactly how I felt when I heard today’s song for the very first time. And it’s been knocking me down ever since.
It was written by Elvin Bishop, a guitarist who was an original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the 1960’s. He left to form his own group in 1968 and played alongside such notable acts as the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and John Lee Hooker. Bishop also sang but when he was recording his 1975 album, “Struttin’ My Stuff”, he did not think his voice was polished enough to record today’s song. So, he asked one of his backup singers, Mickey Thomas, to do it. The result was epic.
His vocal delivery, the soul in his voice and the power behind it were as close to perfect as one could hope for. And added to Bishop’s guitar riffs, great lyrics and sublime arrangement turned this song into a powerhouse hit of the 1970’s. It went on to become a rock classic and earned Thomas the lead singer spot with Jefferson Starship after original member Marty Balin’s departure. Thomas may not be as well known as other blue eyed soul greats like Michael McDonald and Daryl Hall, but there is no denying the contribution he made with this song. This is only my opinion but I believe a great soulful rock vocal does not get much better than this.
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Elvin Bishop: “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (1975, written by Elvin Bishop).
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