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ORBITING

from ELEVEN WORDS

Written by David Foster

In the spring of 2020, during the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, David Foster released Eleven Words, a gorgeous collection of instrumental themes performed at the piano with just minimal string accompaniment. The soothing music included was perfect to give listeners a welcome moment of calmness while living such difficult and unexpected days. Foster’s goal was to focus on his heartwarming melodies without any lyrics or flamboyant production. One of our personal favorites from Eleven Words and the Song of the Week is the delicate piece “Orbiting.”

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

from A MARY CHRISTMAS
Written by Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin

David Foster previously crafted seasonal top sellers for Josh Groban, Michael Bublè, Andrea Bocelli and Rod Stewart, just to name a few. In the fall of 2013, Foster added another jewel to that impressive list by producing A Mary Christmas for R&B superstar Mary J. Blige. Like its predecessors, A Mary Christmas immediately jumped to the top of the holiday charts. It reached #10 on Billboard’s Top 200, #5 on the R&B chart and was eventually certified gold.

CATCH ME (BEFORE I HAVE TO TESTIFY)

from SHINE
Written by David Foster, Alan Gorrie, Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball & Steve Ferrone

Around 1980, David Foster was enlisted to produce Average White Band’s new album. Despite some turmoil that led the Scottish funksters to leave Atlantic Records in the middle of those sessions to join Arista Records, the group, under Foster’s direction, still managed to deliver a brilliant musical endeavor. To the ears, Shine sounds like a successful blend between the band’s original funk/soul, Earth, Wind & Fire’s sophisticated music and The Doobie Brothers’ soulful pop.Shine presents a string of total knock-outs with energizing funk numbers, elegant ballads and catchy mid-tempos.

WHEN I NEED YOU

from LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE
Written by Albert Hammond & Carole Bayer Sager

In the fall of 1997, French/Canadian songbird Celine Dion was the world’s biggest pop star at the time of the release of her cd, Let’s Talk About Love. Let’s Talk About Love included the iconic “My Heart Will Go On,” the now-classic theme of the blockbuster movie Titanic, and high profile duets with Barbra Streisand on “Tell Him,” the late, Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) on “I Hate You Then I Love You” and The Bee Gees on “Immortality.”

I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY

from WALLFLOWER
Written by Timothy B. Schmit, Glenn Frey & Don Henley

“I Can’t Tell You Why” was a signature ballad of the legendary Eagles’. This soft-rock staple was conceived by the group’s singer/bassist Timothy B. Schmit and completed in collaboration with the Eagles’ main men, singer/drummer Don Henley and singer/guitarist Glenn Frey (1948 to 2016). Beautifully sung by Schmit on his first lead vocal for the group, “I Can’t Tell You Why” was released as the third single off the band’s 1979 The Long Run album. The song sported a blue-eyed soul feel with its gorgeous verses, memorable refrain, immaculate vocal and instrumental performances, reached #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.