Oct 012017

written by David Foster & Michael Landau


David Foster’s 1985 instrumental hit, “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire,” gave the Canadian super-producer the chance to record a whole album of evocative instrumental themes for Atlantic Records. Aptly titled David Foster, it was the introduction of Foster’s multiple talents to mainstream audiences after more than a decade of hard work in the studio as session player, writer, producer and arranger. David Foster featured Foster’s keyboard wizardry using all the advanced technology of those days including synths and sequencers such as the Fairlight CMI, Linn drum machine, Kurzweil, Roland Jupiter-8, Wendell Junior, Emulator 3, as well as many others. Although the sound result may be a tad cold for today’s ears, it was a standard of excellence back in the day. Foster’s superior art of composing and arranging came through beautifully. The rock/fusion landscapes of “Playing With Fire” from David Foster is the pick for this week’s review.

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Aug 062017

from LIVE (FOR THE ONE I LOVE) single

written by Luc Plamondon, Riccardo Cocciante & Will Jennings



Celine Dion’s “Live (For The One I Love)” was one of the seven new songs included on her 1999 English-language greatest hits collection, All The Way – A Decade Of Song. “Live (For The One I Love)” was the English version with words added by noted lyricist Will Jennings of “Vivre” (live in English). The beautiful song was co-written by Luc Plamondon and Riccardo Cocciante for the very successful musical, Notre Dame de Paris.

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Oct 022016

Written by Diane Warren

In the eighties, Sheena Easton’s gorgeous voice graced the international music charts with hits including “Morning Train,” “The Lover In Me,” “For Your Eyes Only,” “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair),” “Strut” and “We’ve Got Tonight,” her classic duet with Kenny Rogers that David Foster produced in 1981.
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Sep 182016

Written by Paul Simon

Closer was released in November 2003 and was Josh Groban’s sophomore cd. After a couple of months in the Top Ten, it zoomed at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 at the dawn of 2004. Produced by David Foster, that milestone cd eventually sold over six million copies in the US alone. That triumphant chart performance led to a high-profile tour that sent the young singer all over the US to perform at sold-out venues. His tour was captured on Groban’s next cd/dvd entitled Live At The Greek. Recorded at Los Angeles’ infamous Greek Theater, Live At The Greek delivered top ratings when broadcasted on the PBS “Great Performances” series, became an out-of-the-box best-seller and was certified six-times platinum.
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Dec 022015

Written by Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen is a true Canadian icon and one of the most gifted and influential singers/songwriters of the past fifty years. This Quebecois legend was inducted in 2008 at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and is also a renowned poet, novelist and painter. In 1988, Cohen released the critically-praised I’m Your Man album that had gems including “First We Take Manhattan,” “ Tower Of Song ,” “Everybody Knows” and the title track, “I’m Your Man.” This last composition sported some sensual, almost lustful, lyrics whispered by Cohen on a carpet of synthesizers and programmed drums. Continue reading »