Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lenny Kravitz Feels Reborn on Baptism





As usual, when I decide to pick a featured song on this blog and creating a video, it is usually one of those off the wall songs that most people have not heard before.  This time is no different . . . the featured song "I Don't Want To Be A Star" from the album "Baptism" by Lenny Kravitz is my favorite song from his 2004 release.


The song is very Jimi Hendrix-ish with cute and quirky lyrics . . . love the reference to the "big fat cigar" and the confusion that comes with fame and fortune is a reoccurring theme in so many songs.  It is something I often ponder since they seem to "have it all" once they make it . . . but it doesn't seem to be enough . . . or is it too much?






I Don't Want To Be A Star | Lenny Kravitz
Lyrics

written by Lenny Kravitz


I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need the fat cigar

My friends wonder what is wrong with me
'Cause I don't get off on my fame
I got so much confusion now
Sometimes I don't even know my name

I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need the fat cigar

Too many distractions run through my brain
So many girls they start to look the same
Too many options no time to choose
Too many clothes, too many shoes

I've had the world I've done it upside down
I played the part and I've been the clown
Now it's my time, it's a brand new day
To be myself in a different way

I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need the fat cigar

I got to meet all the wonderful people
I drank with Dylan boy did we act a fool
I got to meet all the fabulous people
I got high with Jagger, it was really cool

I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need the fat cigar

Never, never, never
Never, never, never
Never, never, never
Never, never, never, hey

I say never no no
I say never no no no
I say never no no
I say never no no
I say never no no
I say never no no no no
Never, never

I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need no fat cigar 








What the "music industry" had to say about
Baptism before it's release . . .

Wednesday, March 10, 2004 7:40 PM EST

Rocker says recording seventh LP felt like the very first time.

by Joseph Patel

Source: VH1.com


Rocker Lenny Kravitz has been recording music for 15 years, but his upcoming album, Baptism, will be his first LP ever — at least, that's how it feels to him.

"When I was making this record, I had the feeling I did when making Let Love Rule," he said recently, referring to his 1989 debut album. "And I thought, it's a blessing to be in the game for 15 years and make my first record again, or what feels like my first record again."

Baptism, due May 18, will actually be Kravitz's seventh studio album, and his first since 2001's Lenny. Kravitz says he intended this disc to be a colorful, '70s-style funk record, but his plans changed when he came to New York last October and started writing new songs on a friend's acoustic guitar. The result was a simple, more straightforward rock album with little frills. "It's really come full circle for me," he said.

Kravitz will film a video for the first single, "Where We Runnin'?," shortly. Sources familiar with the production of the video said the rock star's first casting choice for the video was actress Natalie Portman. She declined because of a work conflict, so Kravitz has set his eyes on Scarlett Johansson.

Whomever Kravitz casts, he'll still carry clout within the hip-hop community. He recently recorded the song "Show Me Your Soul" with P. Diddy, Loon and Pharrell of the Neptunes (see "P. Diddy, Pharrell, Lenny Get Down And 'Dirty Like Aguilera' For Video"). He appears on the song "Maybe" on the new N.E.R.D album, Fly or Die. In 2002, Kravitz played guitar on the song "Guns & Roses," from Jay-Z's album The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse.

Jay-Z returned the favor by dropping a verse on the song "Storm," the first time Kravitz has ever included an MC on any of his songs. "It was a great experience," he said. "It was very nice of him to reciprocate and be on my record."

Both Kravitz and Jay hail from Brooklyn, New York, so it's no surprise Kravitz was supportive of Jay's involvement in bringing the New Jersey Nets basketball team to Flatbush Avenue (see "Nets Accept Bid From Jay-Z Group; Brooklyn Move Closer"). "Brooklyn Nets! I think it's going to be great," Kravitz exclaimed. "Brooklyn's finally going to have a team. It's going to be cool."

Kravitz said he plans to complete his funk album after touring behind Baptism.

Baptism track list, according to Kravitz's spokesperson:

"Minister of Rock 'N Roll"
"I Don't Want to Be a Star"
"Lady"
"Calling All Angels"
"California"
"Sistamamalover"
"Where We Runnin'?"
"Baptized"
"Flash"
"What Did I Do With My Life?"
"Storm"
"The Otherside"
"Destiny"

This report is from MTV News.

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