Not so silly love songs
Lately a few of the old favourite love songs have been popping up out of the blue unexpectedly .Take for example I was down at Maroochydore Plaza not long ago It was school holidays and pretty full on with all the school kids milling around and I was standing there in a daze feeling a bit overwhelmed in the food court waiting for my Hungry Jacks order when suddenly the song “Baby Its You “ explodes in my mind I havent actually heard that song on the airwaves in yonks but it was a smash hit around the word in 1978 I. thought it was sung by Jon Waite of the Babys but actually no it was sung by “The Promises” a talented trio of siblings Leslie Jed and Benny Knauers who hailed from Canada . Benny Knauers male vocalist and keyboard player was incredibly talented and looked even better than he sounded with his baby oiled smooth hairless chest and blow waved blond locks having the wind machines working overtime and looking very “Abbaesque .” “Umhum” and Leslie Maria Knauer belted out the chorus with such power and passion and drive she won hearts all over the world not only for her singing but for her looks eg long legs for miles and other womanly attributes.Their official video of “Baby its You” is well worth a listen/watch . The Promises were an incredibly talented band and deserved to be much more globally successful than they actually were .Apparently they didn’t get off the ground in the USA when there were mismanagement hassles with Capitol records and Leslie Knauer disagreed with the record companies recording strategies and wanted to sing songs her way and everything went pear shaped with regards to their commercial future but reading some of the 10o0s of comments people just loved that song and its one of of the golden oldies people go back to as a reference to define a golden era of music making the 70s and 80s when it seems “they just dont make music like that anymore.”
Mind you the lyrics for “Baby its You” were pretty twisted and can we say depicted a dysfunctional scenario where someones lover is sending mixed messages their words at complete odds with their actions leaving the singer a twisted mess of frenzied passion pain and confusion Its actually a pretty dark subject matter e.g .a cruel and twisted game playing lover ,wrecking havoc in their lovers life but a lot of people around the world related to it and loved the song …personally I could relate .I have known someone like this …..and wondered when the song popped into my head unexpectedly if it was this persons spirit calling out to me across the ether?
Then another song another Golden Oldie that popped into my mind recently Bobby Goldsboroughs Summer (the first time ).I think it came out around 1973 ? and I loved its evocative sensual and very recognizeable riff played repeatedly throughout the song which easily conjured the lazy sultry sensuality of a stinking hot summers day near the ocean and the sounds of the surf rolling in when all bets are off and anything can happen . Was Bobby singing about his own first time or just indulging in a young mans fantasies I wonder ?
“She was thirty one and I was seventeen
I knew nothing about love and she knew everything
I sat down beside her on the front porch swing
Wondering what the coming night would mean ?
I must confess I myself was only 15 when the song was released and really at that age I only had a really vague idea of what it was the boy did with the woman that made him see the sun rise as a man but the song still holds as much appeal to me today as it ever did .It still has the power to take me away and I still love that compelling riff and in a recent listen notice at the very end of the song is another more mystical haunting and suggestive dimension woven into the melody with some descending note patterns and interesting chord diversions of what sounds like a rain stick and sounds like the tinkling of falling glass Another golden oldie well worth a listen .
And lastly I must sing the praises of what must be one of the most beautiful love songs ever written DIre Straits and Mark Knopflers “Romeo and Juliet” I heard that recently maybe in a supermarket and found myself once agian marvelling in the genius of the poetry.I love love love that it evokes the feeling of a mans great depths of passion for a woman and renders it in the plainest and simplest of everyday bloke speak eg “You and me babe,How about it ?”
Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits