SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:06:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 CANCION SENTIMENTAL http://www.fozfan.com/2014/12/14/cancion-sentimental/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/12/14/cancion-sentimental/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:05:49 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4777 [...]]]>  from EL CAMINO

written by Kenny Passarelli & Marino Lamberti

This week, we take a look at a true rarity in David Foster’s career. Santa Fè was a short-lived, Latin/rock combo formed in the late eighties by famed bassist/vocalist/composer Kenny Passarelli. He was formerly with the Elton John band and played with a who’s who of other stars including Hall & Oates, the late Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills and Joe Walsh.

Santa Fè released a little-known album in 1988 titled “El Camino” which was produced by the ultra-talented Humberto Gatica. Though the Chilean-born Gatica had a great track record of successful projects for Latin superstars like Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Lerner and Myriam Hernandez, Santa Fè and their album regrettably remained a well-kept secret. “El Camino” included a few good songs perfectly crafted with state-of-the-art musicianship and production. Gatica asked his old friend and partner in crime Foster to co-produce and arrange one track for the album, the evocative ballad “Cancion Sentimental.” Like the bulk of “El Camino,” “Cancion Sentimental” was co-written by Passarelli with Spanish lyrics by fellow band member Marino Lamberti. Foster crafted the song very nicely with great keyboard work to support Passarelli’s tenor voice. Other fine touches were added by Mike Landau on acoustic guitar and Jeremy Lubbock’s soothing string arrangement.

The rest of the album was arranged by John Capek of Marc Jordan fame. The better-known song was the title-track, “El Camino (Someday We’ll Be Together),” that received some airplay after it was included on the soundtrack of a famous Brazilian soap opera.


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Lead Vocals: Kenny Passarelli
Keyboards & Bass Synthesizer: David Foster
Guitar: Michael Landau
Drums & Synthesizers Bells: John Keane
Backing Vocals: Marino Lamberti

String Arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock
Arranged by David Foster
Produced by Humberto Gatica & David Foster


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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LOVE THEME FROM ST. ELMO’S FIRE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/12/07/love-theme-from-st-elmos-fire-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/12/07/love-theme-from-st-elmos-fire-2/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 17:12:56 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4772 [...]]]>  from LOVE THEME FROM ST. ELMO’S FIRE (single)

written by David Foster

After countless hits composed and produced for other people, the summer of 1985 saw the release of David Foster’s classic instrumental, “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire.” This gorgeous tune finally brought the Canadian super-producer some well-deserved success as a solo artist. “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire” skyrocketed to the top 15 of Billboard’s Hot 100 and became a #3 Adult Contemporary hit.

Foster wrote this evergreen while in Vancouver . The song’s evocative atmosphere reflected a feeling of longing and nostalgia. Recently, our favorite Hitman told us a little about how this tune came about:

“I wrote a first instrumental for St. Elmo’s Fire that came to me while crossing the bridge in Vancouver . I sent it to Joel Schumacher, the director, and he didn’t like it, so that same night Bryan Adams came over and we used that melody for what evolved into ‘Tears Are Not Enough.’ The next day, Schumacher called me and said ‘I was wrong, so wrong. I love it, I love it!!!’ I said ‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late, it already got used.’ Right after I had to scramble so, for inspiration, I used the director’s original words, ‘I want this piece to sound like autumn, college, east coast, falling leaves, cool air, youth etc.’ and under a huge amount of pressure I came up with ‘Love Theme’ pretty fast.”

“Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire” captures catchy and refined while showing a melodic strength that is nothing short of sublime. Foster performed all the keyboard parts with his magnificent piano playing center-stage while Dave Boruff wowed us with his warm saxophone. They delivered a magnificent masterpiece that echoes the sounds of Sixties legends Burt Bacharach or Henry Mancini timeless instrumentals.

Foster collected two Grammy nominations for “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire” as “Best Instrumental Composition” and “Best Pop Instrumental Performance.” The superior value of the composition, its great arrangement and the pristine production by Foster and Humberto Gatica deserved a trophy or two. “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire” is a case in point of Foster’s superior knack for writing evocative and moving instrumentals that morph into gems and a shining example of his incredible gift of song.


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Acoustic Piano & Keyboards: David Foster
Saxophone: David Boruff

Arranged by David Foster
Produced by David Foster & Humberto Gatica


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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IS IT YOU? http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/30/is-it-you/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/30/is-it-you/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:00:27 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4763 [...]]]>  from IS IT YOU? (single)

written by Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg & Bill Champlin

In 1981, the legendary jazz/fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour released “Rit,” a collection that saw him resolutely pushing towards radio friendly, pop/r&b material. The result was an artistic and commercial success thanks to Ritenour’s superior artistry and his knack to pick the right partners in crime for his adventure. He enlisted his old session mates David Foster and Harvey Mason to support him in the producer’s seat and brought into the spotlight the fresh, new talent of Eric Tagg. Tagg would play a key role on “Rit” with his co-writing and singing talent displayed on the bulk of the album. Bill Champlin provided killer vocal harmonies while the LA session scene cream of the crop crafted the instrumental parts.

This collection presented a mix of Toto-influenced rock, refined pop’n’roll a-la Boz Scaggs and r&b/funk in the best Earth, Wind & Fire vein. Foster produced a couple of pivotal moments including the opener “Mr. Briefcase,” a catchy pop/rock up-tempo that perfectly sets the album’s atmosphere and the gorgeous ballad “No Sympathy.” Both songs were written by Tagg and were shining examples of the best quality pop of that era. For those interested you can find both songs reviewed in our archives. The “Rit” album became a multi-format seller reaching #4 on the Jazz chart, #20 on the R&B chart and #26 on Billboard’s Top 200.

“Rit” also scored a Top 15 hit with “Is It You?,” a single on Billboard’s Hot 100 that showcased Ritenour’s slick sound. Co-written by Ritenour with Tagg and Champlin, “Is It You?” is a smooth, EWF-inspired jam that also climbed to #27 on the R&B chart. Produced by Mason and Ritenour, “Is It You?” sports a beautiful melody and a memorable refrain with killer performances by its three co-writers, Foster and the late Richard Tee on keyboards plus Jerry Hey sweet punctuation with the trumpet.

Listening to the ear-candy melody and top notch atmospheres of “Is It You?,” we long for the days when real music like this was in rotation on radios and could surge to the top of the music charts. Unfortunately, those days are long gone, yet you can still rediscover gems of this caliber and share their beauty with new generations.


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Lead Vocals: Eric Tagg
Harmony Vocals: Bill Champlin
Guitar: Lee Ritenour
Bass: Abraham Laboriel
Keyboards: David Foster & Richard Tee
Drums: Harvey Mason
Percussion: Alex Acuna
Trumpet: Jerry Hey

Produced by Harvey Mason & Lee Ritenour


Lyrics

Someone’s just outside, knocking at my door
A stranger, somebody unknown
Someone’s in my dreams, can’t get it off my mind yeah
I’m tired of being alone
Someone’s trying to find an easy way inside
Come on, I’m right here at home, right at home

Is it you?
Is it you?
Is it you?
Is it you?

Who’s that deep inside me, sneaking around my heart?
Are you somebody in love?
Show me what you’re doing and tell me who you are
Hey! I’m ready for love, for love.

Is it you?
Is it you?
Is it you?
Is it you?

If it’s you, come out in the open
You don’t need to hide your love
If it’s you, you know I’m hoping
‘Cause it’s way too late to run away
Don’t run away from love, my love
Is it you?

[Instrumental]

Is it you, knocking at my door?
Is it my imagination?
Is it you, I can’t get off my mind?
Is it you, you, you?
Is it you, sneaking around my heart?
Is it my imagination?
Is it you, I can’t get off my mind?
You, you, you?

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TOUCH ME AGAIN http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/23/touch-me-again/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/23/touch-me-again/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:28:22 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4758 [...]]]>  from WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING

written by Deniece Williams & Tennyson Stevens

June Deniece Chandler, aka Deniece Williams, was one of the most important and gifted American R&B singers of her generation. A multiple Grammy winner, Ms. Williams is well-known for trademark hits including “Free,” “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” as a duet with Johnny Mathis, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” and “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle.” All of these hits showcased her fantastic four-octave vocal range and portrayed the unique warmth of her soprano voice.

At the first stages of her career, Ms. Williams had the privilege to collaborate with legend Stevie Wonder as a member of Wonderlove and the marvelous Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire who eventually signed the singer to his American Recording Company (ARC) label. It was on the ARC imprint that Ms. Williams released her 1979 album, “When Love Comes Calling,” that was produced by David Foster and Ray Parker, Jr.

In the past, we have reviewed this gorgeous soul/pop collection which produced the #1 disco hit, “I’ve Got The Next Dance,” and a couple of stunning Foster co-writes including the classy title-track and the elegant ballad “Why Can’t We Fall In Love?” In our crosshairs this time around is the wonderful “Touch Me Again.” This song was co-written by Ms. Williams with Tennyson Stephens, a talented musician/songwriter with credits ranging from Michael Franks to Natalie Cole. “Touch Me Again” was a very emotional song with a beautiful melody performed by the singer and enchanting piano playing by Foster. The impassioned power of this gem is enhanced by a magnificent orchestral arrangement written by arranger extraordinaire Jeremy Lubbock. “Touch Me Again” marks one of the first collaborations between Foster and Lubbock and foreshadows what will become a platinum and Grammy-filled partnership. Ms. Williams’ vocals were simply heavenly as she infuses tenderness and passion into her own lyrics. The timeless value of Ms. Williams’ singing and the phenomenal work of The Hitman brings to life a true work of art. You are suggested to close your eyes and lose yourself in the magic that is created.


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Lead Vocals: Deniece Williams
Piano: David Foster
Arranged by Jeremy Lubbock

Produced by David Foster
Co-Produced by Deniece Williams


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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WITHOUT YOU http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/16/without-you-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/16/without-you-2/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:53:27 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4749 [...]]]>  from ONE LOVE

written by David Foster, Richard Marx & Samantha Cole

Kimberley Locke is an American singer/model who became pretty well-known after her participation in the second edition of the extremely popular 2003 TV show American Idol. Locke gained a tremendously satisfying third place behind the two heavyweights of the competition – Ruben Studdard who won and Clay Aiken who came in a close second. Soon after the finale, Ms. Locke signed a recording contract with Curb Records and went on to released her first cd, “One Love,” in May 2004.

“One Love” was channeled into Kelly Clarkson’s musical territory with the help of young music-makers like Shannon Sanders and Shaun Shankel, but also veteran Guy Roche of Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion fame. This cd included “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a couple of classic songs originally performed by Locke on American Idol. However, the bulk of the cd was made of new songs tailor-made for the singer’s impressive voice and aimed mostly to teenager audiences. The debut single was a catchy, pop/dance tune titled “8th World Wonder” that became a good Adult Contemporary hit at #6 and was a best seller of 2004. “One Love” reached #16 on Billboard 200 and sold more than two hundred thousand copies.

One of the highlights of “One Love” was a rendition of “Without You.” This powerful ballad was co-written by David Foster, Richard Marx and singer/songwriter Samantha Cole who sang it back in 1997 under Foster’s production. Locke performed “Without You” as a duet with her former American Idol colleague Clay Aiken. Their song result is absolutely noteworthy. Both singers shine vocally and Roche’s expert production gives the song a perfect Adult Contemporary atmosphere.

Although Locke went on to release a couple more albums, she eventually started a good career as a model and TV personality.

If you wish to read a review of Samantha Cole’s original take of “Without You,” just click here.


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Lead Vocals: Kimberley Locke & Clay Aiken
Organ: Herman JacksonGuitar: Kamil Rustam
Programming: Guy Roche
Backing Vocals: Carmen Carter, Dorian Holley & Wendy Wagner

Produced by Guy Roche


Lyrics

Never even thought to cry
When I heard you say goodbye
Never said where you were going

There’s no laughter in the air
Only silence everywhere
And so much left unspoken

Since you’ve been gone
I haven’t been the same
I wish that i could see
Who’s to blame

Without you, where do I belong?
Without you, how can I go on?
And No love but yours will ever do
Tell me how am i supposed to live my life?
Without you

Was I lost in you and me
To the point i couldn’t see
That what we had was dying

Now it’s all that I can do
To see photographs of you
And stop myself from crying

I should learn to live without your love
Got so many memories
But it’s not enough

Without you, where do i belong?
Without you, how can i go on?
And No love but yours will ever do
Tell me how am I supposed to live my life
Without you?

I feel helpless and, oh, so all alone
Like I’ve never felt before
You made me feel alive
But I don’t remember what it’s like anymore

Without you, where do I belong?
Without you, how can I go on?
And No love but yours will ever do
Tell me how am I supposed to live my life
Without you?

Without you, where do I belong?
Without you, how can I go on?
Tell me how am I supposed to live my life
Without you?

Oh baby where do I belong?
Please tell how can I go on?
Without you…

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LOVE WON’T GET IN THE WAY http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/09/love-wont-get-in-the-way/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/09/love-wont-get-in-the-way/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:25:19 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4739 [...]]]>  from ALL THE PIECES

written by Alan Gorrie, Hamish Stuart & Gavin Christopher

Today, let’s go back to the late ’70s and the fantastic funk/soul sounds of the Average White Band. In our opinion, there are three main reasons to again showcase the magic of these legendary Scottish funksters. First and foremost, AWB had strong songwriting skills and tight musicianship to support the stellar voices of Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart. They, along with their gifted bandmates, made Average White Band one of the top R&B weapons of the era. Secondly, the most important parts of the AWB catalogue were handled by iconic producers like the late Arif Mardin and the young and ridiculously talented David Foster. And third, the recent release of a spectacular box-set entitled “All The Pieces: The Complete Studio Recordings 1971-2003.”

This new compilation includes the group’s big hits including “Pick Up The Pieces,” “Cut The Cake,” “Queen Of My Soul,” “Let’s Go Round Again,” “Cloudy” and “A Love Of Your Own.” Going through this lavish nineteen cd collection, we stumbled upon an incredible number of fantastic lesser-known album tracks, high-quality b-sides and rare songs. One of these shining gems is “Love Won’t Get In The Way.”

Co-written by Gorrie and Stuart with R&B singer/songwriter Gavin Christopher, “Love Won’t Get In The Way” is a spectacular mid-tempo funk tune that sports an irresistible beat, enticing breaks and tantalizing changes. AWB’s trademark vocal blend is in the spotlight with in-your-face horns to put more pepper on this elegant funky jam. David Foster produced “Love Won’t Get In The Way” with his usual, rich approach that results in amazing ear-candy. The song was originally included on the 1980 “Volume VIII” album released by Atlantic Records that included four songs produced by Foster. You will find “Love Won’t Get In The Way” and many other Foster-related goodies on the aforementioned box-set. It offers music lovers a welcome opportunity to rediscover the greatness of AWB’s history. The group is still active today with concerts and recordings as is their former bandmate Hamish Stuart with his own band. Check out Average White Band to appreciate their timeless talents and legacy of great music.


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Lead & Backing Vocals: Alan Gorrie & Hamish Stuart
Bass: Alan Gorrie
Guitars: Hamish Stuart & Onnie McIntyre
Saxes: Roger Ball & Molly Duncan
Drums: Steve Ferrone
Keyboards: David Foster & Roger Ball
Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Ernie Watts & Bill Reichenbach
Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey
Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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SOMETHING http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/02/something/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/02/something/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 09:41:50 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4735 [...]]]>  from FAMILY DINNER VOL. 1

written by David Foster & Brenda Russell

“It’s Something,” aka “Something,” was a tasteful pop ditty that was co-written in the early eighties by David Foster and singer/songwriter Brenda Russell for Russell’s 1983 album “Two Eyes.” Through the years, this breezy, mid-tempo gem has been covered by an assortment of singers including Leslie Smith, Donna Washington and the exceptionally gifted Lalah Hathaway on Hathaway’s 1990 debut cd. “Something” was the last single released from Hathaway’s cd and it made it to #21 on the R&B chart.

Last year, “Something” was wonderfully reworked by NY fusion combo Snarky Puppy with Hathaway again singing on lead vocals. This version was published on the group’s DVD/cd “Family Dinner – Volume 1.” The astounding rendition garnered lots of attention and praise worldwide while it brought Snarky Puppy and Hathaway a well-deserved 2014 Grammy as “Best R&B Performance.” This fantastic cover showcased the group’s superior musical gifts and highlighted their musical melting pot style where jazz, rock and R&B meet to give life to their personal technique. “Something” became a musical work-of-art with a special nod to Lalah’s out-of-this world performance. She truly owns the song and stage and gives a unique touch with her top-notch phrasing, amazing scat singing and exceptional ability to sing multiple notes at the same time. The triumph of “Something” brought Snarky Puppy’s career to a higher level. They released a successful new DVD/cd entitled “We Like It Here,” tour relentlessly and eventually scored a recording contract with the Impulse! Records label. It also gave Hathaway the full recognition that her talent deserved and established her as one of the leading names in modern R&B. Recently Hathaway kept busy working on several other high profile projects with Robert Glasper, Al Jarreau, Ruben Studdard and Diane Reeves. She also started a campaign to fund her forthcoming live cd and you can read all about it clicking here.


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Lead Vocals: Lalah Hathaway

Drums: Robert “Sput” Searight
Percussion: Nate Werth
Bass, Keybass, Acoustic guitar, & Baritone guitar: Michael League
Electric, Acoustic, & Baritone Guitars: Bob Lanzetti
Electric, Acoustic, & Baritone Guitars, Bass: Mark Lettieri
Organ, Fender Rhodes, & Keyboards: Cory Henry
Piano, Organ, & Fender Rhodes: Bill Laurance
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Jay Jennings
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Mike “Maz” Maher
Tenor Sax, Flute, & Bass Clarinet: Chris Bullock
Backing Vocals: Chelsea “Peaches” West
Backing Vocals: Katya Diaz
Backing Vocals: Rachella Searight

Produced by Michael League

Co-Produced by Snarky Puppy


Lyrics

Ooh, ooh, ooh, 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 is not one question, no
Where my heart will run to…

Oh, oh, it’s something
You better believe it
You and I have something
I don’t wanna lose this fun thing, babe
And 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

Oh, you and I got something
Come on, oh, oh, it’s something
Oh, you and I, we got something
Come on, oh, oh, it’s something

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