Jun 222003
 

From JARREAU
Written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Al Jarreau

Here’s a breezy, up-tempo song that with its positive lyrics and cute melody has become one of Al Jarreau’s most famous songs ever. In 1983, Jarreau reached the zenith of his popularity with his self titled album reaching the top 10 and “Mornin’” jumping into Billboard’s top 30. Jay Graydon was once again in the control room and his print is all over the project. Graydon has been the man that made Jarreau a wonderful pop/soul singer, taking away some of his acrobatic vocals but always showing the singer’s amazing skills, only in a more restrained way. There are many other unforgettable songs on this cd, too many to mention, we make an exception for “I Will Be Here For You” that will take you into quality pop music’s most incredible territories.

Our song of the week is such a delicious pop song. Listen to Jarreau’s voice showcasing his technique and range, flying all over the fender rhodes and rhythm guitars cool carpets.

Another highlight of this tune is Foster’s “whistling” synth solo, a sound that will become one of his trademarks, used and copied by many during the eighties.

This song was also nominated for a Grammy for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals” (Foster, Graydon and Jeremy Lubbock) and Graydon also got a greatly deserved nod as “Producer Of The Year”.

Jarreau is still making good music only struggling a bit in a market that too often doesn’t recognize talent. Recently he has released a couple of nice CDs that have been good sellers into the smooth jazz market, but if you want to hear him at his best, please go and get the string of albums he did with Graydon, Foster and the LA cats between 1980 and 1984, there’s some amazing music there to listen to.


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Lead Vocals: Al Jarreau
Fender Rhodes & Synthesizers: David Foster
Drums: Jeff Porcaro
Bass: Abe Laboriel
Guitar: Jay Graydon
Background Vocals: Al Jarreau
String Arrangements: Jeremy Lubbock
Rhythm Arrangements: David Foster & Jay Graydon
Produced by Jay Graydon


Lyrics

Mornin’ Mr. Radio
Mornin’ little Cheerios
Mornin’ sister Oriole
Did I tell you everything is fine…
In my mind

Mornin’ Mr. Shoe Shine Man
Shine ’em bright in white and tan
My baby said she loves me and
Need I tell you that
everything here is just fine
In my mind

‘Scuse me if I sing
My heart has found its wings
Searchin’ high and low
And now at last I know

Mornin’ Mr. Golden Gate
I should walk but I can’t wait
I can’t wait to set it straight
I was shakin’ but now I am
makin’ it fine
Here in my mind

My heart will soar
With love that’s rare and real
My smiling face will feel every cloud
Then higher still
Beyond the blue until
I know I can
Like any man
Reach out my hand
And touch the face of GOD

‘Scuse me if I sing
My heart has found its wings
Searchin’ high and low
And now at last I know

Mornin’ Mr. Radio
Mornin’ little Cheerios
Mornin’ sister Oriole
Did I tell you everything is fine…
Wooo in my mind

So, won’t you get up Oriole
So, won’t you get up Cheerios
Wake up Mr. Radio
….it’s fine
Here in my mind

Singin’ about mornin’ little radio
Mornin’ little Cheerios
Wake up Mr. Radio
Need I tell you everything
right here is just doing fine
Woo!, in my mind

Yeah!!