I love music. Lots of kinds of music. And when I find some music I like I let it envelop me. And pretty much everyone else around me since I will play it over and over and over and … well, you get the idea.
My latest kick is the Ray Charles duet cd. My favorite is Here She Comes Again with Norah Jones.
Here we go again
She’s back in town again
I’ll take her back again
One more time
The first verse sets the tone with the familiar juxtaposition of gravel and silk that most of us have heard a better part of our lives. My Mom and Dad were huge fans and introduced me to the music of the legendary Mr. Charles at an early age on a huge round vinyl record under the needle of a sliver of diamond. I was immediately smitten with the emotions and realistic lyrics.
You give your hand to me.
And then you say, “Hello”.
And I can hardly speak,
my heart is beating so …
Ray Charles casually makes himself at home on the piano. And when you thought it couldn’t get any better, in sneaks the staccato of a church organ mastered by Billy Preston with a seamless transition. I cannot get over the genius of this combination of voices and lyrics and instrument. So, excuse me while I sit in the car and crank up Ray, Norah and Billy. Sets the tone for my weekend.