Jul 302006
 

From FLAME
Written by David Foster & Linda Thompson

Patti Labelle is one of the soul divas of our time. Her powerful, pyrotechnic voice has won her legions of fans around the globe. In 1997 she worked on a comeback project, “Flame,” produced by music giants like David Foster, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and the late Arif Mardin. Each legendary music-maker added his unique style to give “Flame” a very current yet classic sound with the elegant, timeless vocal performances of the singer that transcends time and trends. Jam’s & Lewis’ contributions are three pop/dance oriented originals that give a needed spin to the mood of the ballad-dominated album. On the R&B side are a couple of slow jams produced by Gerard Levert while Mardin and Foster lean towards a more elegant and orchestral pop sound. Foster included an original composition, “You Are My Solid Ground,” co-written with Linda Thompson. This sweet love song is tailor-made for Labelle. She delivers an emotional performance over a delicate carpet of keyboards accompanied by a very classic arrangement. The second tune overseen by the Canadian producer is “Does He Love You.” It develops in a traditional pop vein with an interesting Broadway feel. “Flame” is a very pleasant collection. It was certified gold and stands out as one of the best albums of Labelle’s recent years.


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Lead Vocal: Patti Labelle
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitars: Michael Thompson
Synclavier Programming: Simon Franglen
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

When you’re lying tenderly beside me,
And I feel your breath so soft against my cheek,
All my fears just disappear in darkness,
And I know for sure,
I could never leave,
You are the strength that I’ve found to see,
You life me up when I’m down-loving me,
When I never thought,
That I’d feel my heart come around,
You are my solid ground,
I don’ t need a fairy tale to save me,
I’ve got all the magic I need in your arms,
And I won’t even fly away in madness,
I’ll stay close enough to always feel your warmth,
You are the strength that I’ve found to see,
You lifted me up when I’m down-loving me,
When I never thought that I’d feel my heart come around,
You are my solid ground,
I’m…so in love with you,
You’re everything faithful and true,
I know I could touch every star,
When you’re lifting me and I’m right there where you are,
You are the strength, that I’ve found to see,
You life me up when I’m down…loving me,
When I never thought, that I’d feel my heart come around,
You are my solid ground, you are my solid ground.