Nobody told me I forgot to post ‘I’ before ‘J’! Sorry about that…
Don’t forget to play along. Any artist, song, album, or group. As long as the name begins with ‘I’.
One of my favourite songs from ‘back in the day’. (1972) It is remarkable how this song never ages, and the tone of Todd Rundgren’s voice never loses its appeal. This one’s for you, John Rieber!
I Saw The Light
In 1995, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette released her album ‘Jagged Little Pill’. It was a massive success, selling over 30,000,000 copies worldwide, driven by the popularity of her MTV videos. She was acclaimed as an international star, and is still much respected in the music industry today. This track was number one in so many countries, I won’t bother to list them. And although I never did buy that album, I always liked this rather clever song.
In 1970, I heard a powerful song on the radio. It was by a group I had never heard of, called The Ides Of March. I went straight out and bought it, but have to confess that I never listened to any of their other records. I still like this ‘blaster’ though.
When I heard the throaty tones of Macy Gray in the late 1990s, I thought that she was going to take the recording industry by storm. She certainly did well with her debut album, and this song, released as a single. Then she sort-of disappeared. So I looked her up. She released an album in 2016, and is still working.
When I first saw Chaka Khan, I thought she had the whole package. Cheeky, sexy, funky, and a great voice. And a huge wig, lets not forget that! She went on to great things and remains popular to this day, and I still like her just as much as I did in 1984. Written and recorded by Prince of course, but I actually prefer Chaka’s version. And she had a much curvier figure…
I Feel For You
The recordings of the Isley Brothers were a sound I grew up with, then continued to follow. I finally got to see them in concert in the UK, but not until 2001. I would be hard-pressed to choose one of their songs, but for the benefit of this post, I will go back to the Tamla-Motown glory days of the 1960s. I might just have to have another of their songs later on though.
Behind A Painted Smile
Michael McDonald first came to my attention as a vocalist in the Doobie Brothers. He later went solo, and enjoyed a successful career that continues to this day. Many of his songs have a sad theme, and his distinctive high voice suits them down to the ground. Because I like him so much, I am going to offer two of his songs today, both starting with an ‘I’.
I Keep Forgettin’
And this, the heartbreaking I Can Let Go Now. Chokes me up, every single time I hear it.
The top pick for today is a wonderful ballad from the divine talent that is Alicia Keys. When Julie and I got married in 2009, this was played as our first dance. Anyone who has ever been in love can identify with this soulful song.
If I Ain’t Got You
I will try to post in the correct order from now on!