Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tribute to Benjamin Orr

Awesome photo tribute set to the music of the Cars . . .
It's Not the Night, one of my favorite songs by the Cars.

It's Not the Night, The Cars
from the 1984-1985 Tour,
recorded at The Summit in Houston, TX

"A portrait of you is a song,
shadowed because you're not here."

Benjamin Orr - Lincoln Park

He's still my favorite singer
and guitar man of all time . . .
and the most beautiful man ever.

Miss you Ben . . .

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Elton John - Whispers

"With renewed creativity after 1988's Reg Strikes Back, Elton John and Bernie Taupin sought out to create a cohesive album that had maintained a consistent theme. They decided to pay tribute to the R&B sound of the 1960s and 1970s who inspired them as youths. Bernie would listen to 60s soul songs and use those songs from the past to inspire new lyrics for their album. He would then write down which artists or songs influenced him. Elton would then use Bernie's guide to write a soul song that sometimes ventured away from the original source of inspiration. Many of the songs have a somewhat clear influence while others contain a mixture of various soul influences.

The songs "Whispers" and "Blue Avenue" were released as singles in Continental Europe. "Whispers" reached #11 in France whilst "Blue Avenue" vaguely touched the Top 75 in the Netherlands.

Sleeping With The Past received lukewarm reviews when the album was released in 1989. However, long time fans of Elton John loved the album and deem it to be one of his best from the 1980s. Despite the critical judgment of the album, it became his first platinum album in 11 years and spawned his first solo #1 hit in the UK."

Source: Wikipedia

Whispers is one of my favorite Elton John songs, along with many others from the era of the late 80's and early 90's . . . in my opinion, Sleeping With The Past was one of his best albums and I still enjoy listening to it.

For me, it is timeless.

Elton John | Whispers Lyrics

Music by Elton John

Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

Available on the album Sleeping With The Past

Look at me twice with wildcat eyes

Promise me everything except a blue night

Shudder like ice in cut crystal glass

Melt in embraces of crazy eyed past

And whisper, whisper, whispering whispers

Tantamount to a lie with lingering breath

Walking fingers run, hungry scratches left

Dull chimes ringing like an empty voice

A distant smile framed, her lips are soft and moist

With whispers, whispers, whispering whispers

And whisper in a rhythm your lies

Keep comfort for others

Hurt me with the night

Whisper like cold winds close to the bone

Save heaven for lovers, leave me alone

With your whispers, whispers, whispering whispers