Song Lyric Sunday | “When I Think of You” – Janet Jackson

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Songs from/connected to television shows.”

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In addition to her family’s variety show, Janet Damita Jo Jackson had starring/recurring roles in three successful television shows. From young Penny Gordon Woods on Good Times, to Charlene Duprey on Different Strokes, to Cleo Hewitt on Fame, Janet flexed her acting muscles early. But it would be her 1986 breakout album, Control, which put her front and center on the world stage.

The much-awarded and praised album spawned five top-five singles, including When I Think of You which went all the way to number one and become Janet’s first hit single.

FUN FACTS:

  • Containing autobiographical themes, a majority of the Control’s lyrics came as the result of a series of changes in Janet’s life.
  • The album is also notable for being what originated the style and genre that came to be known as new jack swing.
  • Best known as a television actress, Janet was initially reluctant to begin a recording career.
  • Janet’s father, Joseph, oversaw production on her first two mostly forgettable albums before Control, Janet Jackson and Dream Street. His rigid direction and control led to Janet firing him, hiring a new manager and embarking on one of music’s most successful careers.

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When I Think of You

Song Lyric Sunday | “Everchanging Times” – Siedah Garrett

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Songs from movies.”

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Singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett has written songs and performed background vocals for some of the biggest names in music. She scored hits duets with Dennis Edwards in 1984, Don’t Look Any Further, and Michael Jackson, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You in 1987.

But it was as a solo artist Siedah sang Everchanging Times, the theme song from 1987’s Baby Boom, starring Diane Keaton. The song peaked at #30 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1987.

Everchanging Times is a great song about a woman trying to deal with the fast-paced changes of life, determined to not sacrifice love. Though it’s from an 80s movie, the song is timeless and its theme still quite relevant today.

FUN FACTS:

  • Garrett has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 50th Grammy Awards for co-writing Love You I Do (performed by Jennifer Hudson) for the 2006 musical film, Dreamgirls.
  • Thinking she was simply answering a call to only appear as a background vocalist on I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Siedah initially felt intimidated with excitement when she entered the recording booth and noticed two music stands with sheet music that had lyric parts labeled “Michael” and “Siedah”.
  • Siedah co-wrote Michael Jackson’s #1 hit, Man in Mirror. In a 2013 interview she said, “I needed to send it through Quincy {Jones} because if Quincy didn’t like it there was no way that Michael would ever hear it. It was a huge privilege for me when Quincy decided that the song was good enough to play for Michael.”

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Everchanging Times

Song Lyric Sunday | “This is for the Lover in You” – Shalamar

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Wedding/Marry/Diamond/Ring/Cake.”

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Co-written by Shalamar lead singer, Howard Hewitt, and songwriter,  Dana Meyers, This is for the Lover in You is a smooth RnB ballad about a man proposing to the woman he loves.

The track was originally recorded by Shalamar and appeared on their 1980 Platinum album, Three for Love.

This is For the Lover in You  was the third single released as a single and peaked at No. 17 on the U.S. R&B chart in 1981.

The only performance video I could find is a Soul Train appearance labeled “ultra rare,”  but it’s also “ultra blurry” so I included a static video of the album cover.

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This is for the Lover in You

Song Lyric Sunday | “Mystery” – Anita Baker

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Haunted/Magic/Mystery/Supernatural/Trick.”

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Really miss this lady and her voice on the current music charts. Can’t think of music in the 80s and 90s without including Anita Baker!

Baker became a household name with her breakout album, Rapture, in 1986. With tracks like No One in the World, Sweet Love, and Caught Up in the Rapture, the album went on to sell over eight million copies and helped win Baker two Grammys in 1987 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (Caught Up in the Rapture) and Best R&B Song (Sweet Love).

Also on the album is the lesser known Mystery. Though not released as a single, Baker’s signature sultry tones made it a favorite of die-hard fans and led to Mystery receiving moderate airplay.

The video is a live performance from Anita’s One Night of Rapture concert.

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Mystery

Song Lyric Sunday | “Ben” – Michael Jackson

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Rat/Ox/Tiger/Rabbit/Dragon/Snake/Horse/Sheep/Monkey/ Rooster/Dog/Pig.”

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This SLS pick doesn’t contain any of this week’s theme words, but it’s about a rat!

Sung by a teenage Michael Jackson, Ben was the theme song of the 1972 movie of the same name, which was the sequel to another killer rat movie, Willard.

Fun Facts:

  • Ben was Michael Jackson’s first solo U.S. #1 song.
  • Ben spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1972.
  • Ben won a Golden Globe for Best Song and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1973.
  • Originally written for Donny Osmond, Ben was offered to Jackson as Osmond was on tour at the time and unavailable for recording.

The video is of Jackson performing the song at the 45th Annual Academy Awards in 1973.

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Ben

Song Lyric Sunday | “Where Do We Go From Here” – Vanessa Williams

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Who/What/When/Where/Why/How.”

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Though it’s billed as the official theme for the 1996 film, Eraser, Where Do We Go From Here does not appear on the soundtrack album.

Recorded by Vanessa Williams, who costarred in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller, the Top 5 Hot  Adult Contemporary Tracks hit appears on Williams’ 1998 greatest hits album Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years… and several of my playlists!

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Where Do We Go From Here

Song Lyric Sunday | “You Win Again” – Bee Gees

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Cards/Dice/Gamble/Lose/Win.”

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Left to my own devices too long and I will sneak in a Bee Gees song. Count on it!  😀

Barry Gibb wrote the melody while brother Maurice conceived the drum sounds (in his garage) that open the track for 1987’s You Win Again.

Maurice Gibb explained You Win Again in a May 2001 interview with Mojo magazine:

“When we get together and write, it’s not like three individuals ― it’s like one person in the room. Usually, we have a book of titles and we just pick one. I loved ‘You Win Again’ as a title, but we had no idea how it might turn out as a song. It ended up as a big demo in my garage, and I recorded stomps and things. There was just one drum on there. The rest was just sounds. Then, everybody tried to talk us out of the stomps at the start. They didn’t want it. ‘Take it off. Too loud! Can we have them not on the intro, just when the music starts?’ All this stuff, but as soon as you hear that ‘jabba-doomba, jabba-doomba’ on the radio, you know it’s us. It’s a signal. So, that’s one little secret ― give people an automatic identification of who it is.

Fun Facts:

    • You Win Again was a No. 1 single in Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Norway, as well as making the top 10 in Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden. It also topped the Eurochart for four weeks. When the song reached No. 1 on 17 October 1987 in the UK, it made the Bee Gees the first group to score a UK No. 1 hit in each of three decades: the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
    • You Win Again was less successful in the US however, only reaching No. 75 in the Billboard Hot 100, as many American DJs were still reluctant to play any Bee Gees music due to the disco backlash of the early 1980s. They finally overcame that problem in 1989 with the hit single One.

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You Win Again

Song Lyric Sunday | “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Dad/Father/Barbecue.”

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One of my favorite country songs has a “daddy-feel” to it, thanks to its performer, Trace Adkins. You’re Gonna Miss This was released in January 2008 as the second and final single from Adkins’ album American Man: Greatest Hits Volume and became his fastest-climbing single to date, his third Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #19 on the Pop 100 charts.

Ashley Gorley, one of the song’s writers, came up with the central idea for You’re Gonna Miss This one day while a repairman was working on his house. His two children (ages two and four at the time; he has since had a third) were running around the house and stealing the repairman’s tools; after Gorley apologized, the repairman replied, “Don’t worry about it — I’ve got two babies, too.” Gorley, after determining that the incident with the repairman might work as a song idea, recalled it to Lee Thomas Miller, who then suggested the title You’re Gonna Miss This.

Adkins then decided to record it after hearing it; being the father of five daughters, its message resonated with him.

Fun Facts:

    • Gorley and Miller worked backward from the bridge, changing the song’s scenario several times until they finally settled on having the song focus on a female central character.
    • The song’s music video was filmed in Adkins’s hometown of Sarepta, Louisiana and contains a variety of Americana scenes framed around the singer traveling about in a pickup truck.

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You’re Gonna Miss This

Song Lyric Sunday | “Into the Night” – Benny Mardones

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Desire/Lust/Romance/Passion.”

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Its lusty, rebellious vibe has made Into the Night a favorite for decades, but I still get creeped out sometimes by the pervy feel with the opening line, “She’s just 16 years old, leave her alone, they said.”   Mardones said the 16-year-old girl he’s singing about was named Heidi, and she lived in his apartment in Spanish Harlem. Their relationship was purely platonic, however, as Benny looked after Heidi and her family after her father left. Benny would pay her $50 a week to walk his basset hound, Zanky.

Fun Facts:

    • When this song became a hit, Benny Mardones suddenly found himself with a great deal of money and fame, which he didn’t handle very well. He developed a cocaine addiction and got in the habit of drinking a bottle of whiskey every night. He recorded the album Too Much To Lose the next year, but when it came time to tour and promote it, he was in Miami, wasted out of his mind. His momentum was stopped cold and his record company, Polydor, lost interest.
    • Mardones originally released Into the Night in June 1980. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in September 1980, logging 20 weeks on the chart before falling off in late October. Mardones was unable to duplicate the success of Into the Night and is considered a one-hit wonder.
    •  In 1989, a “Where Are They Now?” Arizona radio segment spurred L.A. DJ Scott Shannon to add the song to his playlist, ultimately rocketing the song back onto the national charts, on May 6, 1989. Mardones’ recording peaked this time at No. 20 the first week in July, adding 17 weeks to its previous run of 20, to add up to a total of 37 (nonconsecutive) weeks.

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Into the Night

Song Lyric Sunday | “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Kem

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Avenue/Boulevard/Drive/Lane/Road/Street.”

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I had a song already chosen for this week’s theme, but forgive me if I step away from that.

I lost my husband unexpectedly Thursday morning. While he’d suffered from ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) and was a dialysis patient for several years, we’d always managed… until his body’d had enough.

This song is for Dennis, my husband and my heart for the last 35 years.

Dennis

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