Sep 072003
 

From TWO EYES
Written by David Foster & Brenda Russell

We just mentioned a few weeks ago the great results of every Foster collaboration with fellow producer Tommy LiPuma and here they are again, this time Foster appearing on Brenda Russell’s 1983 album, “Two Eyes”, that Lipuma produced. Foster and Russell friendship goes way back in time too. They first worked together when a young Foster collaborated with her and her then-husband Brian Russell on their “World Called Love” record, co-writing and playing on many songs, then, in 1980, they wrote songs together with Maurice White for the EW&F record, “Faces”.

“It’s Something!” is a delicious pop song, another example of Foster’s talent to write a simple (to the ear) but “complicated” melody with Russell singing her own lyrics about a newly found love as Foster plays his own multi layered keyboards; we suggest you to listen carefully to the fender and piano intro and the work of the synths through the tune cause they are as perfect 80’s Foster as you can find. “It’s Something!” has been covered a few times by Leslie Smith and Lalah Hathaway among others.

“Two Eyes” has many other great moments you like “I Want Love To Find Me” by Russell and singer/songwriter Bill LaBounty, “Hello People” that she co-wrote with Mike McDonald and “Jarreau” a song obviously dedicated to the great singer who guests on the cd together with a stellar cast of players and singers. If you want to listen to some of the best pop sounds of that era just look for this record but Russell is still writing and recording new music so if you want a taste of the “new” but always “classic” Brenda Russell buy her “Paris Rain” cd that came out a couple of years ago, it shows that she gets better with age and that there’s life and good music that’s not on the charts and avoid the rap and hip hop craziness.


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Acoustic Piano, Keyboards, Synths: David Foster
Drums: John Robinson
Bass: Nathan East
Guitars: David Williams
Background Vocals: Brenda Russell
Rhythm Arrangements: Brenda Russell & David Foster
Vocal Arrangements: Brenda Russell
Synthesizer Arrangements: David Foster
Produced by Tommy LiPuma


Lyrics

Oo Oo Oo, it’s something
You and I have something
How I long to be around when
(When you can see that)
You and I have something

In Common, oh, oh it’s something
(You better believe it)
And I’m sure of one thing
How I Long to be around when
(When you can see that)
You and I have something

In common, it’s been a revelation yeah
You’ve been an inspiration to me
And there’s not one question no
Where my heart will run to

Oo Oo Oo, it’s something
(You better believe it)
You and I have something
I don’t want to lose this fun thing
(I hope you can see that)
Cause you and I have something

In Common
I can’t believe we’ve been so blind
Looks like we’ve wasted so much time
There’s not a note that rings untrue
Said when I’m with you

Ooh-wee-ooh-wee-ooh
Wee-ooh-wee-ooh
Oh, you and I have something
In Common uh uh
It’s something
Whoa, you and I got something
We got something, babe
In Common
It’s something!