Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stop, Look, Listen . . . Toni Braxton / Michael McDonald


It's that time of year to celebrate love . . . 

from now until Valentine's Day, I'll be featuring my favorite love songs.

To start off the series . . . 

Stop, Look, Listen . . . composed by the song writing team of Thom Bell and Linda Creed in 1971.  The song brought instant success for the up and coming group, The Stylistics.

In the meantime, Motown Records was set to record an album of duets.  They hooked up two of their most successful artists, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye . . . one of the songs was Stop, Look, Listen, which was only released as a single in the UK, which peaked at #25 on the charts in 1973.

The song was included in Michael McDonald's second album of Motown covered songs . . . a duet with the queen of love songs, Toni Braxton.  Their interpretation of the song is my favorite!


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Stop, Look, Listen
Lyrics

You're alone all the time

Does it ever puzzle you

Have you asked why

You seem to fall in love and out again

Do you really ever love

Or just pretend, oh, baby

Why fool yourself

Don't be afraid to help yourself

It's never too late, too late to

Stop, look, yes, listen to your heart

Hear what it's sayin'

Stop, look, listen to your heart

Hear what it's sayin'

Love, oh, love, love

Though you try, you can't hide

All the things you really feel

This time decide

That you will open up, let it in

There's no shame in sharin' love you feel within

So jump right in

Head over heels and fall right in

It's never too late, too late to

Stop, look, listen to your heart

Hear what it's sayin'

Stop, look, oh, listen to your heart

Hear what it's sayin'

Love, love, love

Darlin', darlin', stop and look

(Stop right now and listen to your heart)

Oh, listen to your heart hear what it's sayin'

(Can't you see that it's not too late)

Stop and look

And listen to your heart hear what it's sayin'

Stop and listen to your heart right now

(Stop, look)

(Listen to your heart hear what's it's sayin')

Oh, can't you see that it's not too late

(Stop, look)

(Listen to your heart hear what it's sayin')

Darlin', stop and look

And listen to your heart hear what it's sayin'

Stop, baby

(Stop right now and listen to your heart)

And listen to your heart hear what it's sayin'

(Ooh, ooh, can't you see that it's not too late)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Madonna with Gogol Bordello . . . La Isla Bonita



La Isla Bonita is one of my favorite songs from Madonna.  In my music collection, I must have at least 20 versions of the song . . . some of the remixes are awesome, some not so great.



But I have never seen or heard the song done as the version with Gogol Bordello . . . it is in a class all its own . . . and of course, I love it!  Gypsy style :)

The first video is one that I created, using a studio version edited with concert footage from the Sticky N Sweet concert . . . very festive, good-time music!  The choreography is awesome . . . Madonna never lets me down!