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 still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.
If there was one song that defined the Philly Soul sound in the 1970’s, my guess is today’s tune would be it. Written by that genre’s most prolific songwriting team of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, with lyrics by their occasional collaborator, Cary Gilbert, the track is sung to near perfection by Billy Paul.
The slow sexy style of the lavish arrangement underscores the story of the couple in the song who are navigating a difficult relationship since one party is married. I may not have understood what this song was about the first time I heard it as a kid, but I never forgot what a fabulous track it was. It hit the #1 spot in the country for three consecutive weeks in December 1972 and remains one of my favorite tunes of all time.
“We gotta be extra careful
That do we don’t build our hopes up too high
Because she’s got her own obligations
And so, and so, do I“.
Top: Billy Paul circa 1972. Bottom: Leon Huff (with hat) and Kenny Gamble circa 1974. (Images found online. Original sources unknown.)
Billy Paul: “Me & Mrs. Jones” (1972, written by Kenny Gamble, Cary Gilbert & Leon Huff).
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