SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:27:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 END OF MAY from CRAZY LOVE: HOLLYWOOD EDITION http://www.fozfan.com/2014/04/20/end-of-may-from-crazy-love-hollywood-edition/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/04/20/end-of-may-from-crazy-love-hollywood-edition/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:22:34 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4510 [...]]]> written by Tim Seely

Michael Buble’s worldwide smash “Crazy Love” had a special edition released October 2010 called “Crazy Love: Hollywood Edition.” Originally released a year earlier, “Crazy Love” was produced by David Foster, Bob Rock and Humberto Gatica and became a giant bestseller in many countries while collecting a slew of Grammy and Juno Awards. The new release included a new single, a breezy pop song produced by Rock entitled “Hollywood,” four live versions of Buble’s earlier material plus two unreleased songs originally produced by Foster on the “Crazy Love” sessions.

Those two previously unreleased songs obviously caught the attention of Foster fans for their musical weight, but they also won the hearts of many fans of the Canadian singing sensation. Foster submitted one of his classics to Buble, the romantic ballad “Best Of Me” which was co-written by the super-producer with Jeremy Lubbock and Richard Marx. “Best Of Me” `has become an evergreen through the decades with renditions by stars like Cliff Richard, Kenny Rogers and Barry Manilow. Yet Buble, with Foster’s guidance, adds “Best Of Me” a new, intimate essence that’s a true showstopper. The same, intimate atmosphere belongs to the second new Foster production, a tender, bittersweet tune entitled “End Of May.”

Written by Tim Seely of the Seattle rock bands Willis and The Actual Tigers, “End Of May” was brought to Buble’s attention by his right-hand man and musical director, Alan Chang. Although the singer recorded the song with Foster, it didn’t make the final cut. Thankfully, “End Of May” resurfaced on this new release. We can fully appreciate the song’s intensity, its gorgeous orchestral arrangement and Foster’s beautiful piano playing backing up what Buble has declared to be “the best vocal performance I’ve ever given.” “End Of May” was also selected by fans in a poll as the song they most wanted to hear streamed on Buble’s webpage.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Michael Buble
Keyboards: David Foster
Synthesizers: Jochem van der Saag

Arranged by David Foster & William Ross
Produced by David Foster & Jochem van der Saag


Lyrics

Golden haze,
Another morning feels like yesterday.
End of may..
Now you’re gone and there’s still bills to pay.
And you know it doesn’t help to make believe, you’re sitting next to me.
It doesn’t help, to make believe that you are right behind me
Saying it’s okay.

Longer days,
More time to sit and watch the pendulum sway.
In quiet rage I’m staring at this empty notebook page.
In times like these you feel like you are done with feeling,
You feel you want to stop the pain from healing
Because you feel like you’re the only one,
Who’s ever felt this way.

Some days in a daze, there’s brighter days.
Funny how the feeling never stays,
But I know I’ll have to come to terms when I’m awake,
Thinking about you is the icing on the cake.
Makes me realize the fact you’re gone for good for goodness sake.

Golden haze, another morning feels like yesterday.
End of may, a year is gone and I still feel this way,
When we meet again, I’ll ask you how you’re doing
And you’ll say fine and ask me how I’m doing

And then I’ll lie and I’ll say ordinary, It’s just an ordinary day.

It’s just an ordinary day

It’s just an ordinary day 

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TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS http://www.fozfan.com/2014/04/13/take-me-in-your-arms/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/04/13/take-me-in-your-arms/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:58:30 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4501 [...]]]> from WALK A FINE LINE

written by David Foster & Paul Anka

“Walk A Fine Line” was released in 1983 and was one of the best albums of Paul Anka’s legendary career. The recording saw the veteran singer/songwriter joining forces with brilliant new minds of quality pop like Michael McDonald, Jay Graydon and David Foster. That meeting resulted in an elegant pop/rock collection crafted in the same musical vein as big sellers like Kenny Loggins’ “High Adventures” or McDonald’s “If That’s What It Takes.” Foster was one of dominant figures on the Anka sessions and co-wrote the two singles off the album – the romantic ballad “Hold Me ‘Til The Mornin’ Comes” and the catchy up-tempo “Second Chance.” Both songs were Adult Contemporary hits at #2 and #14 respectively. “Hold Me ‘Til The Mornin’ Comes” was a gorgeous duet with Peter Cetera and was the last Top 40 hit of Anka’s career.

Anka’s “Walk A Fine Line” is chocked-full of great songs including the smooth, blue-eyed soul ballad co-written by McDonald called “No Way Out” and another Foster/Anka collaboration labeled “Take Me In Your Arms.” This last song is a refined pop/rocker with strong influences from Toto and Loggins. It has a rich backing track based on keyboards and guitars plus a memorable refrain. Like the rest of the album, “Take Me In Your Arms” benefits from the superior playing of musical geniuses like John Robinson, Nathan East, Steve Lukather and, obviously, Foster. Anka’s vocals are very effective on this number and are clearly inspired by the former Doobie Brothers singer. Anka is supported by the impeccable harmonies of Richard Page and Steve George of Pages and  Mr. Mister fame.

Recently, Anka released a new cd entitled “Duets.” Among the many great songs is a fantastic remake of the “Walk A Fine Line” title track that features co-writer’s Michael McDonald and also George Benson. Listen to it and once again appreciate the artistry and genuine talent of this legendary music-maker.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Paul Anka
Drums: J.R. Robinson
Bass: Nathan East
Electric Guitars: Marty Walsh & Steve Lukather
Keyboards: David Foster, Michael McDonald & Bill Cuomo
Background Vocals: Richard Page & Steve George

Arranged by David Foster & Paul Anka

Produced by Denny Diante


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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ONE MORE TIME http://www.fozfan.com/2014/04/06/one-more-time/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/04/06/one-more-time/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:39:23 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4495 [...]]]> from 20 – THE GREATEST HITS

written by Richard Marx

Laura Pausini is Italian, a Grammy winner and an international superstar whose records have sold a whopping forty-five million worldwide. Other than in her home country, Pausini is especially popular in many parts of Europe and Latin America. She sings in Italian, of course, but also perfectly in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. Thanks to her powerful and flexible voice, this gifted singer has won the attention of big names like Michael Bublè, the late Ray Charles and Luciano Pavarotti, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli and David Foster.

Pausini got her first big break in English when she was produced by Foster on the 1999 song, “One More Time” for the soundtrack of “Message In A Bottle” starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright and Paul Newman. Pausini recently stated that working with Foster was an immense thrill. They recorded the song in Los Angeles with some of the best musicians, arrangers and engineers in the business. “One More Time” is an emotional, bittersweet ballad that came from Richard Marx’s fantastic songbook. It presented all the melodic power of the veteran singer/songwriter’s timeless hits like “Now And Forever” and “Right Here Waiting.” The Chicago-born pop/rock star also gave his own interpretation of the song on the “Days In Avalon” cd. Foster produced Pausini’s version with his expert and refined touch. He surrounded the singer’s golden voice with a lush orchestra conducted by the famed William Ross and gave the tune his irresistible adult contemporary spin. Foster himself was on keyboards with Dean Parks dancing around the singer with his gorgeous acoustic guitar playing. “One More Time” was a perfect introduction for the singer to the North American market with its Celine Dion-like adult pop atmosphere. Yet, her subsequent US releases were a bit off target and didn’t bring the exceptional singer the popularity her talent deserves. “One More Time” was recently included in Pausini’s 2013 cd, “20 – The Greatest Hits.” It had many of her best hits, rarities and special duets with guests like Kylie Minogue, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, and Bocelli. “20 – The Greatest Hits” included a Foster produced Bublè live duet of “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” As usual with Pausini’s releases, this new cd became a bestseller and charted in the Top Ten of countless countries.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Laura Pausini
Keyboards: David Foster
Synthesizer Programming: Simon Franglen
Guitar: Dean Parks

Orchestra Arranged by William Ross
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Nothing I must do
Nowhere I should be
No one in my life
To answer to but me

No more candlelight
No more purple skies
No one to be near
As my heart slowly dies

If I could hold you one more time
Like in the days when you where mine
I’d look at you ’till I was blind
So you would stay

I’d say a prayer each time you’d smile
Cradle the moments like a child
I’d stop the world if only I
Could hold you one more time
(Hmmmmmm)

I’ve memorized your face
I know your touch by heart
Still lost in your embrace
I’d dream of where you are
(Music break)
(Hmmm)

If I could hold you one more time
Like in the days when you were mine
I’d look at you ’till I was blind
So you would stay

I’d say a prayer each time you’d smile
Cradle the moments like a child
I’d stop the world if only I
Could hold you one more time
One more time

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LIVING IN THE STREETS http://www.fozfan.com/2014/03/30/living-in-the-streets/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/03/30/living-in-the-streets/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:57:23 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4487 [...]]]> from LIVING IN THE STREETS/THERE’S A STAR FOR EVERYONE (single)

written by Rod Temperton

“Living In The Streets” was an irresistible dance tune included in Aretha Franklin’s 1981 album “Love All The Hurt Away.” Written by hit pop/R&B songwriter Rod Temperton, this catchy song and the entire album was produced by the legendary Arif Mardin. “Living In The Streets” presented a deluxe instrumental track arranged by Temperton with Jerry Hey and delivered by some of the most amazing musicians of that era.

There were the superb talents of the late Jeff Porcaro and David Williams on drums and guitar respectively, Louis Johnson on bass, Greg Phillinganes on synths and David Foster on the electric piano. In those days, Foster was a fixture on Mardin’s productions and considered the Turkish-born music-maker one of his mentors. Given the noteworthy caliber of this composition and the song’s magnificent musical flavor, the legendary “Queen Of Soul” only had to let her fantastic voice fly high to create an up-tempo moment that sounds as fresh today as it did more than thirty years ago. “Living In The Streets” was released as a single early in 1982. It was backed up by another beautiful song entitled “There’s A Star For Everyone,” a tender ballad co-written by master songwriters Allee Willis, David Lasley and Don Yowell. Again, Aretha owns that song with her spectacular voice and the benefit of Mardin’s top-notch production and arrangement.


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Drums: Jeff Porcaro
Bass: Louis Johnson
Guitar: David Williams
Electric Piano: David Foster
Synthesizer & Synthesizer Solo: Greg Phillinganes
Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals: Aretha Franklin, Mark Stevens & Marcy Levy

Rhythm & Background vocals Arranged by Rod Temperton
Brass & Strings Arranged by Jerry Hey & Rod Temperton

Produced by Arif Mardin


Lyrics

People workin’ night and day
You need to take some time out to get away
Life is just a one way ride
There ain’t no second chance that you can try

Can’t you see all the fun is free?
So, come on out we’re livin’ in the streets tonight

Yeah, I know you sure feelin’ low
It’s time to get on up and steal the show
Leave your worries all behind
You’ve got to make your smile the bottom line

Can’t you see all the fun is free?
So, come on out we’re livin’ in the streets tonight

Do just what you want to do, you know that you can try
Get the groove and take it to the sky, here on dancin’ night

Can’t you see all the fun is free?
So, come on out we’re livin’ in the streets tonight

Do just what you want to do, let no one pull you down
Join the party, people let it last, all night to party

Spread the feelin’ through the land
We’ve got to share this action while we can
No more talkin’, no more chat
We’re gonna make this evenin’ come alive

Can’t you see all the fun is free?
So, come on out we’re livin’ in the streets tonight
Livin’ in the streets tonight, livin’ in the streets tonight

Livin’ in the streets tonight
Come on out, we’ll smoke this town together
Livin’ in the streets tonight
Come on out, we’ll smoke this town together

Livin’ in the streets tonight
Come on out, we’ll smoke this town together
Livin’ in the streets tonight
Come on out, we’ll smoke this town together

Livin’ in the streets tonight
Come on, out we’ll smoke this town together

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CHAKA http://www.fozfan.com/2014/03/23/chaka/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/03/23/chaka/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:22:52 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4474 [...]]]> from THE BEST OF ME/CHAKA (single)

written by David Foster & Tom Keane

“Through The Fire” is another bright jewel in David Foster’s songbook. This intense love song was co-written by Foster and frequent collaborator Tom Keane with lyrics by the renowned Cynthia Weil. The song was released as the third single from Chaka Khan’s cornerstone album, “I Feel For You,” and became a 1985 multi-format hit reaching #60 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #15 on the R&B chart and even crossed over to Adult Contemporary at #16. “Through The Fire” was so popular that it became one of Khan’s trademark songs and eventually became the title to the legendary R&B diva’s official biography.

Only devoted fozfans know that there exists an original instrumental rendition of “Through The Fire” entitled “Chaka.” It was included on Foster’s first solo album, “The Best Of Me,” released on the Asian market in 1983. “Chaka” was also the b-side of the single off that album, another melodic masterpiece and the album’s title-track, “The Best Of Me.” The album’s instrumentals gave the super-producer’s a way to present his first gorgeous hits and shine throughout the recording with his amazing keyboard playing and the sublime art of his arrangements. “Chaka” featured Foster at his musical best with layered synthesizers on the verses that lead to the piano-dominated refrain. The only two other musicians that participated on this recording were co-writer, Tom Keane on the electric piano and his brother, John Keane on drums. Foster also played the trademark moog bass and the end result is a joy to listen to with its sweet and rich melody.

 The Hitman was asked to give some little-known info about this timeless song:

I remember writing this song with Tom Keane at my first studio in Malibu. The house was formally owned by Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong fame and then Don Felder from The Eagles lived there right before me. From the first moment, I was so convinced that it was the right song for Chaka Khan and that she would record it and that’s the actual reason why I named it “Chaka.” The late, great Arif Mardin heard it and asked me if he could send it to Cynthia Weil to try and do the lyrics and the rest is history. On a funny note about Chaka’s version, I did the instrumental track and Arif produced Chaka’s vocal. When he sent the first vocal back to me, I really didn’t like it. I danced around a lot and didn’t return his phone calls asking me whether I liked it or not. When Arif finally got me, he politely busted me for avoiding him rather than just telling him the truth. Lesson well learned. Chaka went back in the studio and cut the vocals again and the new performance was as you can hear on record – Spectacular!

If you want to read our first review of Chaka’s “Through The Fire” click here.


Listen


Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster
Electric Piano: Tom Keane
Drums: John Keane

Arranged by David Foster & Jeremy Lubbock
Produced by David Foster & Taka Nanri


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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WHO’S HOLDING DONNA NOW http://www.fozfan.com/2014/03/16/whos-holding-donna-now/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/03/16/whos-holding-donna-now/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:35:33 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4468 [...]]]> from WORDS AND MUSIC

written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Randy Goodrum

“Who’s Holding Donna Now” was a captivating pop/R&B ballad sung by popular R&B group DeBarge. This smooth composition was co-written by David Foster and Jay Graydon with lyrics by famed singer/songwriter Randy Goodrum. In 1985 under Graydon’s production, “Who’s Holding Donna Now” became a multi-format smash hit when it reached #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #2 on R&B and #1 on Adult Contemporary charts.

The birth of “Who’s Holding Donna Now” is quite interesting. Goodrum was one of the most in-demand songwriters of the eighties. He wrote or co-wrote hit singles for some top acts including Anne Murray, Steve Perry, Chicago, George Benson and Toto. Goodrum even co-wrote with Foster and Jim Vallance Murray’s 1986 #1 country hit, “Now And Forever (You And Me).” Foster and Graydon were writing material to be submitted for Gene Wilder’s wonderful movie, “The Woman In Red.” Their material didn’t impress the movie’s producers so Stevie Wonder eventually got the job and his soundtrack had one of Wonder’s biggest hit singles, “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” When DeBarge started their sessions with Graydon, one of those original Foster/Graydon demos attracted the ear of lead singer El DeBarge. He asked to record that song for the new album. Since the song was only an instrumental, Graydon sent the track to Goodrum to add lyrics and the rest is history.

Both Foster and Goodrum released solo renditions of “Who’s Holding Donna Now.” Foster delivered a tender, piano lead instrumental cover on his 1991 cd “Rechordings.” In 1994, Goodrum included the song on his collection, “Words And Music.” It was a special project for the singer/songwriter who recorded some gems of his songbook in a refined, stripped down, evocative atmosphere. “Who’s Holding Donna Now” was one of the famous songs receiving this interesting re-working together with other pop masterpieces like “You Needed Me,” “20-20,” “Bluer Than Blue,” “Foolish Heart” and “I’ll Be Over You.”

Recently, Goodrum teamed again with Graydon to collaborate on a project called JaR. A fantastic cd titled “Scene 29″ saw the light of day in 2008. “Scene 29″ was one of the best quality pop affairs heard in recent years. This cd had strong echoes of Steely Dan and was a craft in superior songwriting and production. Graydon and Goodrum are currently working on JaR’s sophomore album that should hopefully be released later this year.


Listen


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All Vocals, Keyboards & Programming: Randy Goodrum
Guitar: Mike Landau

Produced by Randy Goodrum


Lyrics

Sometimes a love won’t let go
Hard as I try I know it shows
Everybody’s telling me
You’ll be over her eventually
But how am I supposed to feel so secure?

When I keep wondering who’s holding Donna now
And I keep wondering who’s heart she’s knocking around
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
To be in his shoes somehow
And I keep wondering who’s holding Donna now
And I keep wondering what magic can be found
To turn me back to the one who’s holding Donna now

The letter started with good-bye
I’ve read it half a million times
Tell me this is just a dream
When I wake up she’ll be here next to me
Tell me it will be just the way it was

Well, I keep wondering who’s holding Donna now
And I keep wondering who’s heart she’s knocking around
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
To be in his shoes right now
And I keep wondering who’s holding Donna now
And I keep wondering what magic can be found
To turn me back to the one who’s holding Donna now

[break]

Who’s holding Donna now?
I keep wondering who’s heart she’s knocking around
There’s nothing I wouldn’t d do
To be in his shoes right now

And I keep wondering who’s holding Donna now
Oh, Donna, what magic can be found?
To make me be the one who’s holding Donna now
I can’t get Donna off my mind

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TU AMOR http://www.fozfan.com/2014/03/09/tu-amor/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/03/09/tu-amor/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:00:57 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4460 [...]]]> from COOL RELAX

written by Diane Warren

Jonathan David Buck, aka Jon B, is a talented R&B singer/songwriter who enjoyed a successful run in the second half of the nineties. Jon B started his career as staff writer for super-producer Babyface and penned hits for Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Luther Vandross and After 7. The singer’s first two albums, “Bonafide” and “Cool Relax,” were both platinum sellers.

Those albums featured big names like Jon B’s mentor, Babyface, the late Tupac Shakur and funk legend Bootsy Collins. They also included session aces Nathan East, Michael Thompson and Greg Phillinganes. Jon B delivered a modern, blue-eyed soul and brought catchy songs like “Someone To Love,” “They Don’t Know” and “Are You Still Down” to the Top Ten on various charts.

“Cool Relax” became one of the bigger hits of 1997. It was certified multi-platinum and gave Jon B several nominations at the Billboard Music Awards. The album included mostly songs written or co-written by Jon B. Among the impressive list of hip-hop, R&B music-makers on this recording, David Foster worked his magic on a haunting Diane Warren composition entitled “Tu Amor.” In those days, it wasn’t unusual to find these two respected names on modern R&B releases, especially after the triumph of top crossover hits like Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart,” Shanice’s “Saving Forever For You,” Monica’s “For You I Will” and Brandy’s “Have You Ever.” These songs were all written by Warren and produced by The Hitman. Like those songs, “Tu Amor” is a sophisticated love ballad that has the typical features of Warren’s legendary songbook, an ear-candy melody and catchy, radio-friendly refrain. Foster’s production was the usual top notch affair. He perfectly crafted the song with an elegant arrangement and strong echoes of Babyface’s style that made “Tu Amor” ideal pop/adult contemporary stuff. Foster’s legendary ear also enhanced Jon B’s vocal performance so it’s absolutely on target. Much later, “Tu Amor” was covered by popular Mexican group RBD on their 2006 CD “Rebels.” It was the first single off the album and became a big hit in Japan as well as a minor entry on Billboard’s Hot 100.


Listen


Jon+B+jonb

Leadvocals: Jon B
Electric Guitar: Michael Thompson
Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Keyboards: David Foster
Syclavier Programming: Simon Franglen
Background Vocals: Ali Olmo & Khris Kellow

Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

Mi amor I’m not sure of the right words to say
Maybe these simple words will di best to best explain
What I feel in my heart
What I feel more each day
How to make you see
How to let you know
How to say how to say how I love you so
With words you understand
Words that get right through to your heart
Here’s the place to start

[Chorus:]
Tu Amor, I will always be
Tu Amor, means the world to me
Esteras siempre en mi corazon
You’re the one in my soul
And I live for tu amor, tu amor

Mi amor love you more with each look in your eyes
Maybe these simple words will do best to best describe
What I feel in my heart
What I’ll feel for all time
How to make you see
How to let you know
How to say how to say how
I need you
With words you understand
Words that get through to your soul
Words that will let you know

[Chorus:]
Tu Amor, I will always be
Tu Amor, means the world to me
Esteras siempre en mi corazon
You’re the one in my soul
And I live for tu amor, tu amor

[Bridge:]
You’re the one that
I need in my arms
Believe me these words
I say are words that come straight from my heart
How do I make you believe
Nothing else means as much as what you mean to me

[Chorus:]
Tu Amor, I will always be
Tu Amor, means the world to me
Esteras siempre en mi corazon
You’re the one in my soul
And I live for tu amor, tu amor

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