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.
It is hard to believe today’s singer passed away 17 years ago this month at the extremely young age of 58. Barry Eugene Carter, better known to fans around the world as Barry White, is another example of someone being saved by music. He went to jail for four months when he was 16 for stealing. It was there he heard Elvis Presley singing “It’s Now or Never” on the radio which White took as an inspirational message to straighten out his life. As if we needed another reason to worship Elvis.
In their obituary of White, the New York Times said his “deep voice and lushly orchestrated songs added up to soundtracks for seduction”. Between today’s song, “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me”, White found his musical niche and ran with it. And it was fantastic. So was every episode of “Ally McBeal” that featured White’s songs, especially the one where White himself appeared in April 1999. Watching the entire cast dance in front of him was one of the highlight’s of that show for me and anyone else who adores the magic of this Icon of Love.
Barry White circa 2000. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Barry White: “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” (1974, written by Barry White).
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