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We Can Work it Out

October 20, 1965 The Beatles were recording We Can Work It Out!

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Back to the Beatles!

We Can Work it Out is such a great song. I also love the Chaka Kahn version of this song.  Alyson Williams used to open her show with it – starting offstage singing Life is very short and then she’d make this big entrance when the band kicked in!  It doesn’t matter whether it’s R&B, rock or pop. I love when a singer makes a theatrical entrance. I always remember how artists start their show.

I’m planning a major opening number with a choir for this Clive Davis tribute show I’m putting together for MMRF.  A great organization for a great cause!  I’m honored that they asked me to be part of this night and I’m going make sure it ROCKS!

We’re back from the Poconos. Said goodbye to the foliage and the deer. We were all packed up and ready to go but the fireplace was still a blazing so we put everything in the car and then waited on the couch for an extra 1/2 hour till the fireplace died out! I think I napped. I love napping in front of the fireplace overlooking the lake. Actually, I love napping everywhere!

Here ya go.  Today in music:  We Can Work it Out!

 

I Can’t Stand the Rain

May 23, 1984 Tina Turner releases the album, Private Dancer.

I'm the Dad

Three singers who are among my favorite singers of all time, and who have had their successes but to me should be huge superstars are Peggi Blu, Alyson Williams, and Ebony Jo-Ann. Playing for singers like these are an accompanist’s dream.  When they sing, they have such a distinguishable feel that you know just where you fit in — like a puzzle.

With the amazing Peggi there is a gospel sensibility where you lead the singer, with Alyson a jazz sensibility where she leads and you fill in behind, and with Ebony you just lay it down on the beat and she will glide right over you.

Tina Turner has elements of all these qualities.  And her songs are a great choice for a great singer.

Peggi used to rip apart “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”

Ebony had “Private Dancer  —  another song I love but it didn’t seem right for me to sing “I’m your private dancer.”

And Alyson would sing “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

Every time these women sing a cover song they make it their own, which is the sign of a legend.

Here’s my stab at “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”