Mar 162003
 

From I’M YOUR GIRLFRIEND
Written by Andrew Kastner & Jim Lang

In 1978 David Foster produced the debut solo single of Dara Sedaka entitled “My Guy”, and in 1980 she also had a top 20 hit single singing with her father Neil the tune “Should’ve Never Let You Go”. In 1982 David Foster and Dara went back in the studio together as he produced her debut album for Japanese label Sound Design (the same label that released his first solo CD as well as Marc Jordan’s “Hole In The Wall) and the result is extremely pleasant.

Dara has a cute voice, not powerful but good enough to handle some nice pop songs that Foster arranged and produced with his typical style. There are some interesting pop numbers like the opening “Huggin’” cowritten by Foster with Dara, the title track and the Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance original “Try To See It My Way”, but the high moments of this album are the ballads like the haunting “Someday”, the Neil & Dara cowritten number “Goodbye” and especially our song of the week: “Just Say I Love You”.

On these three songs you can really hear Foster all over the place, the playing, his piano always leads the dance, also the strings and horns arrangements are enchanting with the incredible Jerry Hey horns adding their flavor to the mix. Another winning point on “Just Say I Love You” are the Pages on the backing vocals and Gary Herbig playing the sweet sax solo. “I’m Your Girlfriend” wasn’t a hit, it really remained a well kept secret, especially compared to Foster’s hits of those years, but sure there’s some good music in it, songs that Foster’s fans really can love and enjoy, so even though this is a very hard to find release, check it out!

Dara also has recently released a CD of standards entitled “What’s New”.


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Lead Vocals: Dara Sedaka
Drums: Mike Baird
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitar: Michael Landau & Steve Lukather
Bass: Dennis Belfield
Percussion: Paul Lani
Synthesizer programming: Steve Porcaro
Sax Solo: Gary Herbig
Back Vocals: Richard Page & Steve George
Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig
Arranged & Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

One step forward two steps back
You start to say you love him then you take it back
That’s not the girl I knew
Now what’s come over you

You say you’re only waiting till the moment’s right
But he’s crazy in love, it’s in his eyes
It’s such a simple thing
Here’s all you have to do

Just say I love you
Take him in your arms and
Tell him you need him
Tell him he’s the one
Don’t waste a minute
The sooner the better
Before he’s gone

You’re only gonna lose him on
Someday you’ll reach for him and he’ll be gone
He’ll slip right through your fingers
Oh yeah

You’re looking so hard for that perfect love
You can’t see he’s the one that you’re dreaming of
Such a simple thing
Here’s all you have to do

Just say I love you
Take him in your arms and
Tell him you need him
Tell him he’s the one
Don’t waste a minute
The sooner the better
Before he’s gone

What does your heart say
Over and over
When you look into his eyes
Long as you love him
Nothing matters
There’s no reason
To keep it all inside

Just say I love you
Take him in your arms and
Tell him you need him
Tell him he’s the one
Don’t waste a minute
The sooner the better
Before he’s gone…