Song Lyric Sunday | I’ve Learned to Respect the Power of Love – Stephanie Mills

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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.

This week’s theme is  “School/Books/Learning.

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Written by Angela Winbush and René Moore, of the singing duo Rene & Angela, American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress Stephanie Mills made I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love the second single from her 1985 self-titled album.

The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, and remained number one for two weeks in May 1986. I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love was Mills’s sixteenth entry on the chart and her first number-one single. It is one of her most successful singles in the R&B markets.

FUN FACTS:

  • I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love did not make the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The song first appeared on the self-titled album, Alton McClain & Destiny (Polydor, 1979). This album was later re-released as It Must Be Love. Alton McClain & Destiny are best known for their disco song, It Must Be Love.
  • I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love also appeared on the Angela Winbush album, The Real Thing (1989).

I went with an still video as there was no official music video and all the live performances were extremely long and ad-libbed, and I felt didn’t do the original recording justice.

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I’ve Learned to Respect the Power of Love

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Daydream Believer” – The Monkees

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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.

This week’s theme is  “Animal.

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This wasn’t a song I’d originally planned, but the passing of (band member) Peter Tork last month brought this group and song to mind from my grade school days, so I used this week’s theme in a group’s name… The Monkees.

Daydream Believer was composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio and originally recorded by The Monkees, with Davy Jones singing the lead. The single reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1967, remaining there for four weeks, and peaked at No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart.

Stewart said that it was supposed to be the third in a trilogy of songs about suburban life. Married couples start out in an idealistic haze, but after a few years it wears off, and each sees the other as he or she really is. This is, supposedly, when genuine love is proven.

FUN FACTS:

  • Many people did not think Daydream Believer would be popular. It had been turned down by We Five and Spanky and Our Gang, and even Davy Jones was “pissed off” about recording the song. His vocals show a hint of annoyance at the ongoing takes.
  • RCA Records did not like the song as written by Stewart either, and insisted on changing a critical word. Stewart originally wrote “Now you know how funky I can be,” but RCA wanted to change that to “Now you know how happy I can be”, as one meaning of “funky” is “smelly”.Stewart initially objected because it completely reversed the meaning of the line and made no sense in the context of the song. He relented because RCA was adamant and Stewart realized the song could well be a hit. In 2007, Stewart said that the proceeds of Daydream Believer “[didn’t just] pay the rent. It kept me alive all these years.”
  • In the album version, the track begins with a spoken dialogue that goes:
    • Chip Douglas: “7A…”
    • Davy Jones: “What number is this, Chip?”
    • Douglas (with probably the recording engineer): “SEVEN – A!”
    • Jones: “Okay, I don’t mean to get you excited, man. It’s ’cause I’m short, I know…”
  • Daydream Believer was the Monkees’ last No. 1 hit in the U.S.

Enjoy!

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Daydream Believer

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Private Dancer” – Tina Turner

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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.

This week’s theme is  “Occupation.

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Private Dancer was from Tina Turner’s fifth solo album of the same name. Released as the album’s fifth single, the track reached number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the US R&B chart. The song had moderate international success, reaching number 26 on the UK Singles Chart.

FUN FACT:

  • This song is about either a prostitute or stripper who prefers to consider herself a “Private Dancer.” It describes how empty she feels inside. It was an unlikely title track to Turner’s wildly successful comeback album, as the subject matter didn’t relate to the singer’s life or her return to fame.
  • Mark Knopfler wrote this song for his band Dire Straits, but realized that it didn’t work with a guy singing it, so he pitched it to Turner, who was beginning her comeback.
  • Members of Dire Straits played on this track, including their bass player John Illsley and drummer Terry Williams. Jeff Beck played the guitar solo, as Mark Knopfler did not perform on it.
  • The music video, featuring dance choreography by Arlene Phillips, was directed by Brian Grant and filmed at London’s Rivoli Ballroom. It features Turner as a disillusioned ballroom dancer, although the song has also been interpreted as being sung from the perspective of a prostitute
  • Turner chose this song as the title track from the album after the photo was taken for the cover. In that shot, she sits in a chair wearing a classy dress while a black cat stands in front of her, staring into the camera. She felt the photo suited the Private Dancer character better – it’s also a more compact title than What’s Love Got To Do With It.

Enjoy!

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Private Dancer

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Music of My Heart” – Gloria Estefan & N’Sync

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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.

This week’s theme is  “Harmony/Melody/Music.

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Written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, for the Wes Craven-directed movie Music of the Heart (1999) starring Meryl Streep, the title song collaboration by Gloria Estefan and N’Sync was released as the first single from the soundtrack on September 28, 1999.

The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was listed on the Billboard Year-End Charts at #97.

Music of My Heart won the Billboard Music Award for Top Song from a Movie, and the Blockbuster Award for Best Pop Song in a Movie. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

FUN FACT:

  • The video, directed by Nigel Dick, features N’SYNC and Gloria Estefan singing in Miami High School in Miami with interspersed shots of student musicians.

Enjoy!

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Music of My Heart

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Over and Over” – Puff Johnson

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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.

This week’s theme is  “Hills/Mountains.

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I mentioned Over and Over a few weeks ago when posting another song by Ewanya “Puff” Johnson, and since mountains are a part of the lyrics of this anthem for never giving up, I’m glad I get to post another song by this talented young artist whose life was cut too short by cervical cancer. The Detroit native died in 2013 after a seven-year battle.

Over and Over appeared on the soundtrack of The First Wives Club in 1996. Released as a single in Europe and Australia, it was a Top 20 hit on both continents.

FUN FACTS:

  • After finishing a tour in 2009, Puff stayed in South Africa for a year because of the nice treatment she received. Puff said she’d had never met people as friendly and welcoming as South Africans. She and her music are still popular there six years after her death.
  • Puff toured Europe in 1997 as an opening act for Michael Jackson.
  • Her 1996 critically acclaimed debut album, Miracle, was produced by Randy Jackson of American Idol-fame.

Enjoy!

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Over and Over

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Water Under the Bridge” – Adele

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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.

This week’s theme is  “River/Stream/Creek/Brook.

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Since this week’s theme is about bodies of water… I went with water, and I can always find a song by Adele that fits!  😀

While the title of this song sets up the expectation that it’s about a relationship that’s over, the opposite is actually the case. Adele confirmed in her Rolling Stone cover story that Water Under the Bridge is about her relationship with Simon Konecki, the father of her son Angelo, whom she’s since married.

It was sort of about a relationship suddenly getting really, really serious, and then getting a bit frightened by it, and then realizing that ‘I think this must be right. This is the relationship that I want to be in for as long as I can possibly be in it.’

Water Under the Bridge was the fourth single released from Adele’s 2015 album 25.

Enjoy!

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Water Under the Bridge

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Song Lyric Sunday | “For You I Will” – Monica

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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.

This week’s theme is  “Ocean/Sea/Lake/Bay.

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Included on the soundtrack to the film Space Jam (1996), For You I Will by Monica was later  released as a single and became a top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as Billboards R&B chart.

The song’s lyrics involve the singer pledging love and devotion and promising to help an unnamed “you” overcome any difficulty, regardless of the magnitude, even crossing an ocean to do it.

FUN FACTS:

  • For You I Will was ranked #13 on the Top Hot 100 Hits of 1997 list.
  • It was certified platinum by the RIAA on July 2, 1997.
  • It was featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution Party.
  • The music video of For You I Will was directed by Francis Lawrence in a movie studio, in New York City. It inter-cuts scenes from Space Jam with scenes featuring Monica.

Enjoy!

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For You I Will

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