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.
When Steve Winwood released his 1986 album, “Back In The High Life”, he won a whole new audience thanks to his visibility on MTV. The record’s first single, “Higher Love”, went to the top of the charts. I for one was already a fan of this unbelievably talented man. I discovered him thanks to FM radio where songs from his first three bands were in constant rotation: “Gimme Some Lovin” from The Spencer Davis Group (a band he joined when he was only 14 years old); “Dear Mr. Fantasy” & “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” with Traffic and then Blind Faith which teamed him up with powerhouses Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker on percussion. I also adored two of Winwood’s previous solo albums, “Arc Of A Diver” (with that fabulous title track and his first solo hit, “While You See A Chance”) and “Talking Back To The Night”.
Winwood was first introduced to music from his father, a semi-professional musician in his own right. And a few years ago, Winwood’s very gifted daughter, Lilly, reworked “Higher Love” into a beautiful ballad that her father joined her on which was used in a really touching Hershey’s commercial. Winwood is probably one of the earliest singers to incorporate blue-eyed soul into his music, which was a cross between rock, soul, R&B, jazz and pop. I am a huge fan of his and really enjoy his music, but I am madly in love with today’s song. It is profound and beautiful in so many ways. It’s a prayer for all of us who are lost that we may find our way home to wherever and whatever that is.
“And I ain’t done nothing wrong but I can’t find my way home“.
If Clapton is god, then Winwood is lord and saviour.
Blind Faith circa 1969 L-R: Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Steve Winwood circa 1986. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Blind Faith: “Can’t Find My Way Home” (1969, written by Stevie Winwood).
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