SONG OF THE WEEK https://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Thu, 16 Jun 2022 19:58:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 https://www.fozfan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/favicon.png SONG OF THE WEEK https://www.fozfan.com 32 32 KISSING A FOOL https://www.fozfan.com/2022/05/29/kissing-a-fool/ Sun, 29 May 2022 19:52:52 +0000 https://www.fozfan.com/?p=24906 from KISSING A FOOL (single) Written by George Michael You are farWhen I could have been your starYou listened to peopleWho scared you to deathAnd…

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from KISSING A FOOL (single)

Written by George Michael

“Kissing A Fool” was a beautiful ballad written and sung by the incredible George Michael (1963-2016) from his 1987 multi-platinum smash, Faith. This modern torch song was one of the singles from the album and reached #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 as well as #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The late UK superstar was one of the best singers of his generation and his performance on “Kissing A Fool” was another showcase of class and superior skills.

Fifteen years later, “Kissing A Fool,” with its jazzy feel and retro atmosphere, was among the songs picked by David Foster and Michael Bublè for the singer’s debut Warner Brothers cd. The up’n’coming Canadian sensation did an impressive job with this song. Bublè take on the song actually went neck-to-neck with the George Michael original. Foster arranged the track with the help of the legendary Mike Melvoin (1937-2012), an arranger extraordinaire who worked with many top artists including Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, The Beach Boys and Barbra Streisand. The arrangement pushed a bit more on the jazz side compared to the original, but the smoothness of the backing track was still intact. The result was a pop/jazz listening delight. Foster on piano, Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Tull on drums, Brian Bromberg on bass and Dean Parks on guitar delivered the goods with a musical landscape that allowed Bublè to shine with his warm and confident baritone. Bublè’s version of “Kissing A Fool” was among the singles released from his cd in the US and it went to #29 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

As usual, we have asked The Hitman if he had any memory about this recording and this is what he kindly sent:

“As I recall, Michael picked George Michael’s ‘Kissing A Fool.’ I wasn’t too familiar with this song opposed to many of the others we chose for the album that I loved, but Michael hadn’t heard of. This was really a great performance. I was super happy with my arrangement and I think it’s one of his best vocals ever.”

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  • Lead Vocal: Michael Bublé
  • Piano: David Foster
  • Bass: Brian Bromberg
  • Drums: Dave Tull & Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Guitar: Dean Parks
  • Percussion: Rafael Padilla
  • Synthesizer Programming: Neil Devor
  • Arranged by Michael Melvoin & David Foster
  • Produced by David Foster & Humberto Gatica

Lyrics

You are far
When I could have been your star
You listened to people
Who scared you to death
And from my heart
Strange that you were strong enough
To even make a start
You’ll never find
Peace of mind
Till you listen to your heart

People
You can never change the way they feel
Better let them do just what they will
For they will
If you let them
Steal your heart from you
People
Will always make a lover feel a fool
But you knew I loved you
We could have shown them all
We should have seen love through

Fooled me with the tears in your eyes
Covered me with kisses and lies
So far
But please don’t take my heart

You are far
I’m never gonna be your star
I’ll pick up the pieces
To mend my heart
Strange that I was wrong enough
To think you’d love me too
You must have been kissing a fool
I said you must have been kissing a fool

But remember this
Every other kiss
That you’ll ever give
Long as we both live
When you need the hand of another man
One you really can surrender with
I will wait for you
Like I always do
There’s something there
That can’t compare with any other

You are far
When I could have been your star
You listened to people
Who scared you to death
And from my heart
Strange that I was wrong enough
To think you’d love me too
You must have been kissing a fool
You must have been kissing a fool
You must have been kissing a fool

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I WOULD DO ANYTHING https://www.fozfan.com/2022/05/15/if-you-dont-want-my-love-2/ Sun, 15 May 2022 20:50:00 +0000 https://www.fozfan.com/?p=24900 From LIVE AT BLUE NOTE TOKIO AND OSAKA BLUE NOTE   Written by David Foster & Kenny Loggins No Lyrics

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From LIVE AT BLUE NOTE TOKIO AND OSAKA BLUE NOTE  

Written by David Foster & Kenny Loggins

Four Of A Kind was a Japanese jazz/fusion quartet that released a couple of solid records at the dawn of the new millennium. The group included noted saxophonist Masato Honda, Satoru Shionoya on piano and keyboards who was also a member of the pop/jazz duo Salt & Sugar, drummer Takashi Numazawa and bass player Tomohito Aoki (1957-2006).

Four Of A Kind debuted in 2002 with a self-titled cd. Four Of A Kind presented a number of originals written by the group members. The themes were extremely interesting for jazz/fusion lovers and were delivered with impressive performances by the virtuoso quartet.

Later that same year, Four Of A Kind released Live At Blue Note Tokio And Osaka Blue Note. This was a compilation cd from the group’s live performances at those clubs. It presented versions of tracks from their debut album plus a couple of covers. One such cover was a refined version of the Marvin Gaye (1939-1984) classic, “What’s Going On,” which was included on Four Of A Kind. The second cover was a surprising jazz reworking of “I Would Do Anything.” 

Co-written by David Foster and Kenny Loggins, “I Would Do Anything” was originally part of Loggins’ 1989 Leap Of Faith cd. It’s always a pleasure to find a Foster gem that finds new life in a jazz setting. This instrumental take on “I Would Do Anything” was no exception. The pop feel of the tune was still intact, but the jazzy mood takes the melody to another dimension. All four musicians totally shine with their collective work and beautiful solos.

In 2004, Four Of A Kind released their sophomore cd titled 2. It was another great collection of original jazz/fusion instrumentals that included a smooth, classy cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Summer Soft.”

For those interested, a review of Loggins’ “I Would Do Anything” can be read in the archives.

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  • Piano & Keyboards: Satoru Shionoya
  • Drums: Takashi Numazawa
  • Electric & Fretless Bass: Tomohito Aoki
  • Alto Saxophone: Masato Honda

  • Lyrics

No Lyrics

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IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE https://www.fozfan.com/2022/05/01/if-you-dont-want-my-love/ Sun, 01 May 2022 20:05:12 +0000 https://www.fozfan.com/?p=24893 From BOBBY KING Written by Michael Price & Daniel Walsh No Lyrics

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From BOBBY KING

Written by Michael Price & Daniel Walsh

Bobby King was an American soul/R&B singer. King first achieved some popularity in the early seventies as half of a singing duo with Terry Evans. Later that same decade, King became a session singer for important acts including Ry Cooder, Maria Muldaur and Boz Scaggs. 

In the early eighties, while still working as a live and session vocalist, King released two favorable solo albums. His 1981 self-titled debut was produced by Steve Barri and presented a good number of songs along the lines of Johnny Mathis and Al Jarreau. King delivered an impressive number of high-profile names consisting of Michael Omartian, who arranged the bulk of Bobby King, and Jay Graydon, who crafted a couple of tunes. On those two songs, “A Fool And His Love” and “If You Don’t Want My Love,” Graydon asked his friend David Foster to play acoustic piano.

“A Fool And His Love” was a nice ballad co-written by Michael Price and Daniel Walsh. That song proved to be a nice showcase for King’s gospel-tinged voice while being accompanied by Foster’s masterful work on piano.

The second composition arranged by Graydon, “If You Don’t Want My Love,” was also co-written by Price and Walsh. “If You Don’t Want My Love” was a delicious up-tempo along the lines of the trademark quality pop that the Airplay guys were delivering during those days. “If You Don’t Want My Love” offers another convincing lead vocal by the soul singer while being supported by an array of backing vocalists consisting of Bill and Tamara Champlin, Venette Gloud and Carmen Twillie. The bouncy backing track was delivered by Foster, Graydon and an all-star cast of musicians that included Omartian on keyboards, Abraham Laboriel on bass and Ed Greene on drums.

Although its potential was pretty evident to those who were lucky enough to hear it, Bobby King went mostly unnoticed at the time of its release. To give the album some justice, UK’s soul label, Expansion Records, re-released a single in 2018 from Bobby King. That single included “If You Don’t Want My Love” with another refined mid-tempo titled “Lovers By Night.”

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  • Lead Vocals: Bobby King
  • Acoustic Piano: David Foster
  • Keyboards: Michael Omartian
  • Guitars: Jay Graydon
  • Bass: Abraham Laboriel
  • Drums: Ed Greene
  • Percussion: Victor Feldman & Paulinho Da Costa
  • Background vocals : Bill Champlin, Venette Gloud, Carmen Twillie, Tamara Champlin, Willie Green Jr., Maxine Willard Waters, Julia Tillman Waters & Stephanie Spruill
  • Rhythm Tracks Arranged by Jay Graydon
  • Strings & Horns Arranged by Michael Omartian
  • Produced by Steve Barri with Michae Price & Daniel Walsh

Lyrics

No Lyrics

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WONDERFUL TONIGHT https://www.fozfan.com/2022/04/17/wonderful-tonight/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 09:29:56 +0000 https://www.fozfan.com/?p=24886 From CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE Written by Eric Clapton It’s late in the eveningShe’s wondering what clothes to wearShe puts on her makeupAnd brushes her long…

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From CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE

Written by Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton’s classic ballad, “Wonderful Tonight,” was covered by Michael Bublè on his 2007 release, Call Me Irresponsible. The legendary “Slowhand” took that song to #16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 back in 1977. “Wonderful Tonight” was certified gold and became a worldwide hit for the legendary rocker.

Bublè, with the help of David Foster, gave the song an irresistible bossanova treatment clearly inspired by the seminal works of the late, great Antonio Carlos Jobim. Foster  enlisted another genius arranger, Jorge Calandrelli, to provide the perfect orchestral setting to enhance the latin vibe of this rendition. The icing on the cake was the guest vocal appearance by the wonderful Ivan Lins, one of Brazil’s most respected singers/songwriters ever. Lins’ songbook includes gems like “The Island” and “Love Dance.” These and other songs have become standards and have been recorded by a who’s who of world-class singers. 

On “Wonderful Tonight,” the Brazilian legend beautifully sang the Portoguese lyrics with the perfect mix of Bublè’s velvety voice and Lins’ remarkable harmonies that truly shone all over the song. Among the musicians providing the effortless instrumental track are true masters including Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Foster on piano and Rhodes, Brian Bromberg on bass plus three Brazilian luminaries, Heitor Pereira on guitar, Paulinho Da Costa and Marcelo Costa both on percussion. 

Foster’s production on Call Me Irresponsible, with the awesome support of Humberto Gatica’s skilled ears, was another work of art. Their finesse helped Bublè achieve his first #1 album in the US and another multi-platinum international hit.

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  • Lead Vocals: Michael Bublè & Ivan Lins
  • Piano & Fender Rhodes: David Foster
  • Additional Piano: Alan Chang
  • Acoustic Guitar: Heitor Pereira
  • Bass: Brian Bromberg
  • Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Percussion: Marcelo Costa & Paulinho Da Costa
  • Programming: Jochem van der Saag
  • Arranged by David Foster
  • String Arrangement by Jorge Calandrelli
  • Produced by David Foster & Humberto Gatica

Lyrics

It’s late in the evening
She’s wondering what clothes to wear
She puts on her makeup
And brushes her long blonde hair
And then she asks me, “Do I look all right?”
And I say, “Yes, you look wonderful tonight”

A noite é de festa
E ela veste o luar
Me arrasta e me testa
Se sente uma superstar
E então pergunta
Se eu estou em paz
E eu digo sim
I feel wonderful tonight

I feel wonderful because I see the love light in your eyes
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don’t realize
How much I love you

I feel wonderful because I see the love light in your eyes
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don’t realize
How much I love you

De volta para casa
Cansados de festejar (de festejar)
Me deita, me abraça
Me beija, não quer falar

And then I tell her
As I turn off the lights
Darling, estavas linda até demais
I say, “My darling, you look wonderful tonight”
I say, “My darling, you were wonderful tonight”

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MIDNIGHT IN AUSTIN TEXAS https://www.fozfan.com/2022/04/03/midnight-in-austin-texas/ Sun, 03 Apr 2022 21:34:18 +0000 https://www.fozfan.com/?p=24873 From SKYLARK Written by David Foster & Renee Olstead Hey little misterWhere you going toCaus’ I ain’t got no plans and no one to run…

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From SKYLARK

Written by David Foster & Renee Olstead

In the first decade of the new millennium, David Foster had an impressive string of hit records for two gifted newcomers, Michael Bublè and Josh Groban. During the same time, Foster produced two CDs for another very young and remarkable singer named Renee Olstead. An American actress and singer, Ms. Olstead as an actress was best known as Lauren Miller on the comedy “Still Standing” and on the drama “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” as Madison Cooperstein. 

The Hitman gave 100% of his trademark, amazing work in the studio by directing the young songbird to deliver great vocal performances. Foster enlisted his usual A-list of top-notch musicians and arrangers for Olstead’s album while he picked the perfect material that allowed the young actress/vocalist to sparkle. For some inexplicable reason, both records didn’t establish Olstead as a major act even with Foster’s lush production and immaculate tracks that supported her jazzy voice. 

If surfing the archives, you’ll find many reviews of songs from Renee Olstead’s self-titled 2004 release and Skylark, the singer’s sophomore CD that came out in 2009.

This week, readers are introduced to “Midnight In Austin, Texas,” a bluesy, big band number from Skylark that Olstead and Foster co-wrote. The young singer handles the lead vocal with great confidence and impressive chops that are supported by special guest Robert Randolph who adds some spirited guitar blues licks to the mix and gave great energy to the track. The rousing big band arrangement was written by the legendary Don Sebesky who orchestrated top jazz albums for some of the biggest names in jazz and pop including the late Chet Baker (1929-1988), Maynard Ferguson (1928-2006) and Wes Montgomery (1923-1968). Foster and his partner, Humberto Gatica, worked their magic in the studio on “Midnight In Austin, Texas”. The result was another convincing answer to those who have always considered Foster as the “King of Adult Contemporary Ballads”.

Foster kindly sent a few lines that echo his thoughts about Renee’s talent:

“Renee was always such a special singer in my life. She was only 13 years old when I first heard her. I truly couldn’t believe the maturity and depth of her voice and her understanding of what the true mission is to sing the classicAmerican songbook. She just simply ‘understood’ it. We did two beautiful albums together and I’m just sorry to say that she didn’t become the superstar that I believed and still do believe she could be. There are times in my career that I felt like maybe I was the wrong choice with certain singers. It’s possible that I wasn’t the right choice for Renee, but she sure wasn’t the wrong choice for me. I marveled every day at her amazing talent.”


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  • Lead Vocals: Renee Olstead
  • Special Guest on Guitar:  Robert Randolph
  • Keyboards: David Foster
  • Bass: Nathan East
  • Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Organ, Programming & Sound Design: Jochem van der Saaz
  • Arranged by David Foster
  • Horns Arranged by Don Sebesky
  • Produced by David Foster & Humberto Gatica

Lyrics

Hey little mister
Where you going to
Caus’ I ain’t got no plans and no one to run home to
So, if you got a minute and you’d like to sit down
I know a place around the corner still open down now
So boy what’s your name what do you do
Either you don’t get familiar
Or look like you used to
But are you from here
Or in from out of town
A girl like me sure would like to show you around
It’s been in Midnight in Austin, Texas
It’d be a shame to waste a Saturday night
It’s been in Midnight in Austin, Texas
If you’re alone right now
You won’t be like that
All night
So boy name your poison
What do you drink
Follow your instincts
It’s far too hot to think
I don’t want to worry
Just pretend to be friends
So I think we both know
How this night’s gonna end
It’s been in Midnight in Austin, Texas
It’d be a shame to waste a Saturday night
It’s been in Midnight in Austin, Texas
If you’re alone right now
You won’t be like that
If you’re alone right now
You won’t be like that
All night
So don’t say you love me
Don’t say that you care
I’m not in a havin’ exclusive affair
Long term relationships may require repair
It’s a shame, shame,
Shame, shame,
Shame, shame
Midnight in Austin, Texas
Be shamed to waste a Saturday night
Midnight in Austin, Texas
And if you’re alone right now
You won’t be like that
Midnight in Austin, Texas
It’d be a shame to waste a Saturday night
Midnight in Austin, Texas
And if you’re alone right now
You won’t be like that
And if you’re alone right now
You won’t be like that
And if you’re alone right now
You’ll be left alone now

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