I Can Let Go Now
During the 1970s, I had always quite liked the American band The Doobie Brothers. By 1972, they had released ‘Listen To The Music’, and they soon attracted members from other bands that were changing personnel or breaking up, such as Steely Dan, and Little Feat. But it was the arrival of Michael McDonald as the lead vocalist that changed both the direction and sound of the band, taking it back into the charts with classic songs like ‘What A Fool Believes.’ McDonald had been a studio vocalist on many recordings by Steely Dan, a band that I admired a great deal, and when he went solo in 1982, I thought his first album, including the huge hit ‘I Keep Forgetting’ was excellent.
In 1986, he released the CD ‘Sweet Freedom’, which was something of a compilation of hits up to that time, and I bought it immediately. It contained some very good songs, many of which I already owned on other recordings. The last track, featured here, is a very sad yet ultimately uplifting song, that will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves in a situation like the one described. Sung in McDonald’s flawless plaintive tone, instantly recognisable. It is a testament to perfection in brevity, at under three minutes duration.
Sit somewhere quiet, and be alone for a moment, as you take it in.