Oh man this week’s theme is Blogger’s Choice. I had to play this video from the 2004 BET Awards. Even though I don’t watch them anymore and BET has been permanently banned I was looking for live footage of the song “Fire & Desire” and this was all I could find. Where’s the user generated content when you need it!! Anyway this is the most requested R&B ballad in history and deservedly so. When Rick & Teena sang this song you BELIEVED THEM! I couldn’t bear the idea of somebody else butchering this song with a lousy remake…so unless somebody’s gonna outdo the original vocals and put their foot in it – just leave it ALONE.
So even though Rick James and Teena Marie were a HAM it still has great significance.
I also can’t think of any other white female singer who can do soul music at the level of Teena Marie. Not Amy Winehouse, not what’s her name…Joss Stone…not anybody. Sorry. Maybe had Eva Cassidy still been around AND had wanted to do R&B. Speaking of you’d be hard-pressed to find a black female singer that can properly do soul music today. Meaning…just the vocal and a great song about love and relationships. No music video gyrations, no Auto-tune, no sex you up nonsense.
Now having said that there are some really great non-major label, non-overly commercialized artists who can actually sing out there and they should be supported.
Ok now I’m closing with a video and singer sure to throw you a bit, but I’ve always loved the haunting quality of Lisa Hannigan’s voice so here’s one of her videos. It’s neither soul nor old skool. I’m exercising my right to contradict myself all in the same post! So there…