SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:23:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 NOBODY KNOWS http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/26/nobody-knows/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/26/nobody-knows/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:17:20 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4727 [...]]]>  from MEASURE OF A MAN

written by Don Dubose & Joseph Richards

“Nobody Knows” is a wonderful ballad that was released by r&b singer Tony Rich on his 1996 debut album “Words.” This song became a worldwide pop/r&b hit and sold over one million copies in the US alone. Later that year, “Nobody Knows” also triumphed on the country charts by reaching #1 for four weeks with a beautiful cover by the late, talented singer Kevin Sharp. “Nobody Knows” belongs to the elite of catchy songs that were recorded for a specific music genre yet crossed over with great success to another music style with perfectly crafted renditions by different singers.

It takes a skilled ear to discover the crossover power of a song and David Foster is second to none in that department. Foster produced some textbook examples including All-4-One’s take on “I Swear,” originally a hit for country artist John Michael Montgomery and a take on the late Gerald Levert’s r&b cover of “I’d Give Anything,” a country hit for Boy Howdy.

David Foster was instrumental in bringing “Nobody Knows” to Kevin Sharp’s attention. Sharp met Foster through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Canadian super-producer, obviously very impressed by the young singer’s talent, helped Sharp find a record deal with Asylum Records. The end of 1996 saw the release of Sharp’s debut cd, “Measure Of A Man.” That album took the country music world by the storm, became a top five hit and was certified gold in both the US and Canada. “Measure Of A Man” spawned three top five country hit singles. “Nobody Knows” was the first single and quickly became Sharp’s signature song. That song and the entire album were produced by Chris Farren, one of country’s top music-makers. Farren brought a special urban country feel to the plate that often borders with the best adult contemporary material. Foster played some keyboards on “Nobody Knows,” but he also kept an eye on the whole recording process. Foster went on to produce tracks for “Love Is,” Sharp’s sophomore release.

Kevin Sharp’s melodic approach on “Nobody Knows” adds emotional power to the bittersweet lyrics. His vocal performance was a show-stopper and stands out as the best testament of his superior talent. Sadly, Sharp died earlier this year at the young age of 43. Please take a listen to this gorgeous song to once again enjoy his crystal clear voice and celebrate his gift of song.

Rest in peace.


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Lead Vocals: Kevin Sharp
Bass: Joe Chemay
Drums: Paul Leim
Fiddle: Larry Franklin
Keyboards: John Hobbs
Additional Keyboards: Chris Farren & David Foster
Acoustic Guitar: Biff Watson
Electric Guitar: Dan Huff
Steel Guitar: Paul Franklin

Produced by Chris Farren


Lyrics

I pretend that I’m glad you went away
These four walls close in more every day
And I’m dyin’ inside
And nobody knows it but me

Like a clown I put on a show
The pain is real, even if nobody knows
And I’m cryin’ inside
And nobody knows it but me

Why didn’t I say
The things I needed to say
How could I let my angel get away
Now my world is just a tumblin’ down
I can see it so clearly
But you’re nowhere around

The nights are lonely, the days are so sad and
I just keep thinkin’ about the love that we had
And I’m missin’ you
And nobody knows it but me

(Music, hmm… Noone knows)

I carry a smile
When I’m broken in two
And I’m nobody
Without someone like you
I’m tremblin’ inside
And nobody knows it but me

I Lie awake
It’s a quarter past 3
I’m screamin’ at night
If I thought you’d hear me
Yeah, my heart is calling you
And nobody knows it but me

How blue can I get, you could ask my heart
Just like a jigsaw puzzle it’s been torn all apart
A million words couldn’t say
Just how I feel
A million years from now you know
I’ll be lovin’ you still

The nights are lonely, the days are so sad and
I just keep thinkin’ about the love that we had
And I’m missing you
And nobody knows it but me

(nobody)

Tomorrow morning
I’mma hit the dusty road gonna find you wherever,
Ever you might go
And I’m gonna let go of my heart
And hope you come back today

Nights are lonely, the days are so sad
(No one knows)
And I just keep thinkin’ about the love that we had
(Nobody knows)
And I’m missing you and nobody knows it but me

The nights are lonely, the days are so sad and
And I just keep thinkin’ about the love that we had
And I’m missing you and nobody knows it but me

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GOD ONLY KNOWS http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/19/god-only-knows/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/19/god-only-knows/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:22:11 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4719 [...]]]>  from TRACKS OF MY YEARS

written by Brian Wilson & Tony Asher

In 1985, David Foster and Bryan Adams first collaborated on the famous charity song, “Tears Are Not Enough.” These two Canadian treasures would later touch base when Adams sang on Foster’s 1991 ” River Of Love ” cd and when Adams and Barbra Streisand sang together on the 1996 “I Finally Found Someone,” a duet produced by Foster. Fast forward to a couple of years ago. Foster approached the legendary rocker with a project he thought would be perfect for his friend. The idea was to record a bunch of covers of hits from the sixties and the seventies, songs that Adams loved back in his teenage years.

The initially reluctant superstar eventually agreed and their work on “Tracks Of My Years” started. It took three months of sessions spread over two years to give life to the “Tracks Of My Years” cd. The tunes were released on Foster’s Verve Records label just a few weeks ago. After a careful listen, we can’t help but agree with Foster’s concept. Adams is in exceptional vocal form, his voice shining throughout the material that includes hits by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson and many more. The arrangements are stripped down to cleverly leave the focus on Adams ‘ trademark rocking voice. Similarly, Foster produced the effort with an unusual restrained hand that works extremely well with the classic pop/rock material included here. “Tracks Of My Years” is split between catchy rockers and effective ballads that are all perfectly crafted by Foster, Adams, Bob Rock and their team. The instrumental parts are mostly performed by the singer and his band with Foster guesting on piano and keys and session ace Michael Thompson playing on guitar.

Among the many gems on “Tracks Of My Years,” we have picked “God Only Knows” as the Song of the Week. The feel-good Beach Boys masterpiece is reinvented by Adams and Foster as an intimate piano/voice ballad, very emotional with some beautiful guitar licks from Thompson. Adams ‘ intense vocal performance is nothing short of sublime while being backed up by the Hitman’s tender piano playing. Adams stated that Foster wasn’t really into covering this song, but he quickly changed Foster’s mind when the rocker suggested a rework that was inspired by the milestone Tony Bennett/Bill Evans collaboration. The late Evans, a giant of jazz piano, was one of Foster’s main influence and Evans’ inspiration was probably the key element to achieve this gorgeous rendition of “God Only Knows.”

“Tracks Of My Years” zoomed to #1 on the Canadian charts and debuted at #11 in the UK . Strangely enough, it was met with lukewarm reception in the US , yet its superior quality should eventually make it gain momentum and improve sales. Let’s add that this cd is the best showcase of Foster’s rock side since those classic Tubes albums in the eighties. Do yourself a favor. Buy “Tracks Of My Years.” It’s chock-full of legendary hits that are given a different twist. This cd has fantastic vocal and instrumental work and priceless musical value.


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Lead Vocals: Bryan Adams

Piano: David Foster
Electric Guitars: Michael Thompson
Programming: Jochem van der Saag
Produced by David Foster & Bryan Adams


Lyrics

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it

God only knows what I’d be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you

God only knows what I’d be without you

If you should ever leave me
Well life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you

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WINTER GAMES http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/12/winter-games-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/12/winter-games-2/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:34:14 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4712 [...]]]>  from NO BOUNDS

written by David Foster

The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics brought us “Winter Games,” one of David Foster’s most famous compositions and an enthralling instrumental theme. That year, “Winter Games” became a hit in Canada , a #28 Adult Contemporary hit in the US and a minor entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 at #85. “Winter Games” has a catchy, rousing atmosphere that caught the attention of famed arranger/band leader Chris Walden.

Walden, a German-born, Grammy nominated musician, reworked this Foster classic for his big band by giving it an irresistible jazzy spin on his 2006 “No Bounds” cd. Walden, a big Foster fan, has been closely associated with the Canadian ‘Hitman’ for quite a few years. Walden created magnificent orchestral arrangements on many recent Foster productions including Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble and Jackie Evancho, just to name a few. Walden’s take on “Winter Games” is nothing short of brilliant. He enhanced Foster’s original composition with a fantastic, horn-driven arrangement that gives the superior musical piece new life as a modern day, big band classic. Foster was thoroughly impressed as he declared: “Chris’ arrangement of ‘Winter Games’ is both beautiful and inspiring. He thoughtfully and masterfully adapted my piece into an exciting genre that I never thought possible. Either he’s incredible or I’m a jazz musician after all – or both!!” This jazzed-up version of “Winter Games” features an amazing sax solo by Brandon Fields. It is performed by Walden’s Big Band that comprises some of L.A.’s most virtuoso musicians including Wayne Bergeron on trumpet, Ken Wild on bass, Ray Brinker on drums and Brian Monroney on guitar. Take a listen to the entire “No Bounds” cd, not just for the Foster cover. It’s full of  other fascinating moments including an absolutely breathtaking title track that’s a Walden original and a joy to listen to.

Recently, Chris Walden and his Big Band released a new cd entitled “Full On!” Again, it is a showcase of Walden’s superior talent with a long list of guest singers and players to help him give life to his beautiful arrangements of evergreens and original compositions. Like its predecessor, “Full On!” is an absolute joy for the ears.


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Saxophone: Jeff Driskill, Kim Richmond, Rob Lockhart, Brandon Fields, Tom Peterson
Trumpets: Wayne Bergeron, Kye Palmer, Ron King, Kevin Richardson
Trombones: Bob McChesney, Andy Martin, Arturo Velasco, Rich Bullock
Guitar: Brian Monroney
Piano: Alan Steinberger
Bass: Kevin Wild: bass
Drums: Ray Brinker
Arranged, Conducted & Produced by Chris Walden


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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I DON’T KNOW HOW I GOT BY http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/05/i-dont-know-how-i-got-by/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/05/i-dont-know-how-i-got-by/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 19:18:02 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4703 [...]]]>  from THE FAMILY MAN OST

written by Diane Warren

Edwin McCain is an American pop/rock singer/songwriter and guitar player. Around the end of the nineties, McCain, scored two solid Top 40/Adult Contemporary hit singles with “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” Both songs were produced by Matt Serletic and were intense power ballads with rock overtones. “I’ll Be” was written by the singer while “I Could Not Ask For More” was delivered by supreme tunesmith Diane Warren. “I Could Not Ask For More” was also included on the soundtrack of the 1999 Kevin Costner movie, “Message In A Bottle.”

That soundtrack was released on 143 Records, David Foster’s old label. The Canadian music-maker played a big role in picking songs for that project and produced the bulk of the album.

The success of “I Could Not Ask For More” asked for a follow-up, so, one year later, Diane Warren came up with another killer ballad titled “I Don’t Know How I Got By.” This time around, Foster took the production himself and the result was a knock-out love song. “I Don’t Know How I Got By” sports a memorable melody and superb refrain with a rocking, guitar-driven atmosphere. McCain perfectly nailed his vocals under Foster’s expert touch. This rock ballad also presents a gorgeous orchestral background that adds even more emotional power to the tune. “I Don’t Know How I Got By” was included on the soundtrack of another high-profile movie, Nicholas Cage’s“The Family Man.” The song was also part of “The Best Of Edwin McCain,” released in 2010 and featuring the singer/songwriter’s most loved hits and album tracks.Like the vast majority of Diane Warren’s songs, “I Don’t Know How I Got By” also had its share of covers by country star Travis Tritt,UKtenor Russell Watson and pop singer Jake Simpson.


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Lead Vocals: Edwin McCain

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

How did I wake up each day
Before that moment I saw your face
Where was I before your touch
No where is where I was, without you
Without you in it
My life was just a lie
Before you I don’t know how I got by

Before I met you
Before I held you in the night
I don’t know how I survived
Before I found you
Before you made everything right
I was half alive
I wasn’t really living till you came into my life
I got through baby
But I don’t know how I got by

How did I get through those nights
Before that moment I held you tight
And where was I before your kiss
And how did I exist without you
Life had no meaning
No reason and no rhyme
And before you I don’t know how I got by

Before I met you
Before I held you in the night
I don’t know how I survived
Before I found you
Before you made everything right
I was half alive
I wasn’t really living till you came into my life
I got through baby
But I don’t know how I got by

I thank God when I wake each day
Awaking next to you
Don’t know what I was living for
Before you, before you ohhhhh

Before I met you
Before I held you in the night
I don’t know how I survived
Before I found you
Before you made everything right
I was half alive
I wasn’t really living till you came into my life
I got through baby
But I don’t know how I got by

Before I met you
I don’t know how I got by

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MIDNIGHT MAN http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/28/midnight-man/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/28/midnight-man/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:07:25 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4696 [...]]]>  from SKYLARK

written by David Foster & Leah Felder

This week, we look back at Renee Olstead’s sophomore release, “Skylark.” Again, the young pop-jazz singer/actress teamed up with the legendary David Foster who masterfully produced her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut cd in 2004. The birth of “Skylark” was a bit troubled. Foster and Olstead started the sessions around the end of 2005 and worked hard for a couple years on the project. Together, they recorded many standards and original songs, but saw several changes to the tracklist before it met the approval of Reprise Records who finally released the cd on January 27, 2009.

“Skylark” followed the traditional pop/jazz footsteps of “Renee Olstead” with a song selection made mostly of American standards contemporized by Foster and his team. The tracks were richly arranged with a full orchestra backing up the gifted singer who gave a plethora of stellar vocal performances throughout the recording. One smart move was the inclusion of four original songs, all co-written by Foster, that gave the collection an interesting, fresh feel alongside gorgeous renditions of classics like “My Baby Just Cares For Me” and “When I Fall In Love.”. “Hold Me Now” and “Nothing But The Blame” were sophisticated ballads with lyrics written by Olstead that showcase the singer’s gorgeous style in a bluesy, tender musical mood. “Midnight In Austin Texas,” co-written again by Foster and Olstead, was a blues-influenced, up-tempo tune that sported a pop rock feel. “Midnight Man,” our pick of the week and co-written by Foster with Leah Felder, was an up-tempo goodie. This tune has a fantastic big-band arrangement by the renowned Don Sebesky with catchy keyboard playing by Foster. “Midnight Man” was founded on a shuffle rhythm and swinging mood perfectly executed by the top-notch, all-star band featuring Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Nathan East on bass, Dean Parks and Bob Mann on guitar plus a superb horn section that steals the show as the song develops. Olstead gives another stunning vocal presentation supported by a group of talented backing singers. If it wasn’t for the state-of-the-art quality of the recording by co-producer Humberto Gatica, “Midnight Man” would be easily mistaken for an evergreen coming from the golden age of big bands and swinging singers.

“Skylark” was a good seller on the jazz market, reaching #2 on the Billboard Jazz chart. “Skylark” also established Olstead’s name on the jazz circuit. Unfortunately, the cd failed to crossover to the pop charts where the Texas-born singer deserved to become the female version of Michael Bublé who has millions in platinum plus sales and worldwide recognition.


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Lead Vocals: Renee Olstead
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Keyboards: David Foster
Bass: Nathan East
Guitars: Dean Parks & Bob Mann
Percussion: Rafael Padilla
Harmonica, Organ & Programming: Jochem van der Saag
Background Vocals: Lauren Evans, Angela Fisher & Quiana Parler

Arranged by David Foster
Horn Arrangement by Don Sebesky

Produced by David Foster & Humberto Gatica


Lyrics

Fifteen days
One day of some’thin long hours
I’m wish’n that man
would send me flowers,
anytime in the rain.
Over and over, in the night
he calls to me
long’n a kiss and cuddle me
he’s always still in my,
still in my dreaming.
I don’t wanna miss you
No I only wanna kiss you
Heaven says to me
If the sun don’t shine
think’n about that man
that’s taking all of my time
Kick’n back in the slick Cadillac
Sublime weather for romance
Summertime without my daddy
Squeezing all the sugar out that man’s candy!
I don’t wanna miss you
No I only wanna kiss you
Heaven says to me
If the sun don’t shine
think’n about that man!
So let it rain
it’s much better weather
the state I’m in
the thick knitted sweater
Warm sunny days
make my mind so foggy
let a pussycat is think’n chase’n that doggy!
I don’t wanna miss you
No I only wanna kiss you
Heaven says to me
If the sun don’t shine
think’n about that man
that’s taking all my time
All my time!
Oh take’n all the precious
Heaven bless me
the sun don’t shine
Just think’n about that man
He’s take’n all my precious time
Heaven bless me
Come on, help me
I don’t wanna miss you
All I wanna kiss you
It’s all about my midnight man.

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/21/who-what-when-where-why/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/21/who-what-when-where-why/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:13:06 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4687 [...]]]>  

from PASTICHE
written by Rupert Holmes

Released at the dawn of 1978, “Pastiche” was The Manhattan Transfer’s fourth album and the third released with founder Tim Hauser plus Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Massé. “Pastiche” included The Man-Tran’s definitive vocalized version of “Four Brothers,” a Jimmy Giuffre jazz classic that quickly became a fixture in the group’s concert repertoire. Even though “Pastiche” was a mild entry on Billboard’s Top 200 at #66, it reached the top ten in the UK, thus becoming the highest charting release by the virtuoso vocal quartet in that market to this day.

Hauser produced most of the album with The Manhattan Transfer doing a fantastic job on vocal arrangements and performances. Guitarist Ira Newborn arranged and conducted all but two tracks on “Pastiche.” Those two songs were handled by Jay Graydon, a young guitarist who, at the time, was mostly known as a studio ace. Graydon was also the driving force behind The Man-Tran’s next two breakthrough releases, “Extensions” and “Mecca For Moderns.” Produced by Steve Barri, those were a couple of pop goodies delivered instrumentally by Graydon and his ultra-talented studio colleagues including the late Jeff Porcaro, Ben Benay, Michael Omartian and David Foster. Both tracks were extremely lovely and showed just a little glimpse of the amazing level of sophistication and originality that the group would achieve just a couple years later under Graydon’s guidance.

Graydon brought his pop sensibility to “Pastiche” with his vision of Rupert Holmes’ “Who, What, When, Where, Why” and The Addrisi Brothers’ “Pieces Of Dreams.” While “Pieces Of Dreams” was a more traditional ballad, “Who, What, When, Where, Why,” with Foster on piano, was one of the best songs on the album. Its catchy rhythm and ear candy melody showcases The Manhattan Transfer’s trademark harmonies and Graydon’s guitar work.

“Walk In Love” was another highlight on “Pastiche.” A gorgeous ballad written by David Batteau, this superb recording was the unfortunate swan song for Massé. She was forced to leave the group after a severe car accident. Her place was taken by another fantastic talent, Cheryl Bentyne, as The Manhattan Transfer continued on its way to become one of the best vocal groups in history.


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Vocals: The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul & Laurel Massé
Bass: Scott Edwards
Drums: Jeff Porcaro
Guitars: Ben Benay & Jay Graydon
Percussion: Victor Feldman
Piano: David Foster
Oberheim Synthesizer: Michael Omartian

Strings & Horns Arrangement: Ben Benay
Arranged by Jay Graydon
Produced by Steve Barri


Lyrics

Who, who ooh ooh ooh oo
What, woo ooh ooh ooh oo
Where, woo ooh ooh ooh oo
Why, tell me why, tell me why? Tell me why?

I don’t understand, let’s sit down and talk
One minute you love me and then you walk
There’s more going on than you will admit
‘Cause just as we got it to work you quit

I’m caught in a fog and you make it clear
The truth won’t be worse than the things I fear
It’s a mystery to me I haven’t a clue
If somebody else has a part of you

Tell me who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who?
(Who?)
what when where why
(Why?)
When did it die?
(What?)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie ? Tell me why
(What?)

You won’t be my love, you won’t be my friend
But won’t you at least help me comprehend
What’s happening to me ’cause after you go
My one consolation will be to know

The places and names, the reason and rhymes
The facts of the matter and points in time
I tried for your love but you won’t allow
This guy to do nothin’ but ask you how

And who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who
(Who)
what when where why
(Why)
When did it die
(What)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie? Tell me why
(What)

I want you to say what’s inside your head
Confession is good for the soul, it’s said
So start at the top and take it real slow
If you want out, then I have to know

Just who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
When did it die?
(What?)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie? Tell me
(What?)

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
When did it die?
(What?)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie ? Tell me
(What?)

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
When did it die?
(What?)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie? Tell me
(What?)

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

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THE LAST PLACE GOD MADE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/14/the-last-place-god-made/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/14/the-last-place-god-made/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:07:56 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4679 [...]]]>  

from WORLD FALLING DOWN
written by Richard Kerr & Gary Osborne

“World Falling Down” was Peter Cetera’s fourth solo album and released in July 1992. The pop/rock collection was mostly produced by UK music-maker Andy Hill with a couple of tracks being handled by Cetera’s old pal David Foster. “World Falling Down” was the former Chicago singer’s last commercially relevant release with three singles in the Top Five of the Adult Contemporary chart and minor hits on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Among the Hill produced highlights are the third single hit duet with Chaka Khan, the romantic “Feels Like Heaven” co-written by Mark Goldenberg and a cover of the Leo Sayer hit “Have You Ever Been In Love,” originally co-written by Hill with Peter Sinfield and John Danter. The album was eventually certified gold in the US.

The second single off “World Falling Down” and one of the songs produced by Foster was “Even A Fool Can See.” This catchy, mid-tempo tune was co-written by Cetera with Goldenberg and a review of this breezy pop song can be read here. The Canadian super-producer also crafted the gorgeous ballad “The Last Place God Made.” Co-written by famed UK composers Richard Kerr and Gary Osborne, Foster created a rarefied, keyboard-driven musical scenario that was perfect for Cetera’s golden tenor voice. The legendary singer beautifully performs the poignant lyrics as the song develops into an effective refrain backed up by musicians including John Robinson on drums, Michael Thompson on guitar plus C.J. Vanston and Foster on keyboards. Although not a commercial success, this song is definitely an emotional gem that deserves your notice.


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Lead & Background Vocals: Peter Cetera
Keyboards: David Foster
Keyboards, Solo & Programming: Jeffery C.J. Vanston
Drums: John Robinson
Guitars: Michael Thompson
Additional Programming: Claude Gaudette
Synclavier Programming: Simon Franglen

Produced by David Foster & Peter Cetera


Lyrics

I’ve seen the best of times
I’ve seen the worst of times
‘Been around and I’ve taken my chances
(But) I could never be tied down
Too many questions–not enough answers

Then I laid eyes on you
I knew right there and then
This would be more than a passing encounter
My fate is bound to yours
I’ve found a cause right here

And if this is the last place God made
And yours is the last face I see
Just feeling close to you
That’s good enough for me

We’ve seen the best of times
We’ve seen the worst of times
Been through hell and high water together
Diamond bright and tear stained mem’ries
These are the times I’ll remember forever

If you believe in me–like I believe in you
Without a care for the why or the wherefore
I will be there for you
And you’ll be there for me

And If this is the last place God made
And yours is the last face I see
Just feeling close to you
It’s good enough for me

If this is the last place God made
You know it’s the only place I want to be
Just feeling close to you
That’s good enough for me

If this is the last place God made
You know it’s the only place I want to be
Just feeling close to you
It’s good enough for me

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