Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Great Pop Songs are Everywhere | Embrace Your Love of Good Music

Barbara Lewis Pop Singer

When I was a young punk drummer, I would never admit that I liked a great pop song, prog rock, or classical music. It was peer pressure that kept me from turning up the radio dial. Decades later, I’m not ashamed at all to talk about any specific music, style, or classification. In fact, many of my friends were under the same pressure to keep quiet about what they liked about pop music. With that introduction, I present to you three pop songs that I’m not ashamed to say that I love.

Mornin’ by Al Jarreau
The best part of this song (the part that this atheist loves,) is when it comes to its inspiring crescendo. In that moment, Mr. Jarreau sings “I know I can, like any man, reach out my hand, and touch the face of God.” I saw him sing the song live one night, and it made all the difference. The band was tight, and Al was singing his heart out. It was powerful enough to melt any hard heart.

Say It Isn’t So by Hall and Oates
I suggest headphones for this Hall and Oates pop song. The drum track is all power, and on a later version of the original recording, you get nearly one minute of that killer beat before the vocals come in. These are the guys who wrote the songs Rich Girl, One on One, and She’s Gone. Admit it, you like at least one of their tunes.

Hello Stranger – Barbara Lewis
Any song that starts with “Shoo-Bop Shoo-Bop My Baby oooo” is undoubtedly from a time long ago. Still, Hello Stranger has all the ingredients of a fantastic R&B song. Yes, it was a number one song on the R&B charts, but it also hit #3 on the pop charts. The song was written by Ms. Lewis herself, and that makes it even cooler. The Dells do the backup vocals, and the other most notable sound on this track is the Hammond organ. Barbara Lewis also sang the song Baby I’m Yours.

Embrace your love of pop music, no matter who you are. Admit that there are catchy hooks in these gems, and you will feel better about yourself.

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