Welcome to "Song Of The Week". A new piece I'm bringing to Crosstalk every Friday. For the most part, I'm only focusing on pre-90's songs.
In a world full of RiRi's, and Ke$ha's, I feel bad for this generation of music. Every generation always had to deal with the prior generation's old folks criticizing how today's music really isn't music. But I honestly believe this is the case today.
I grew up listening to grunge music in the 90's, later moved on to ska. But I always appreciated the older stuff. My introduction to Old School music was from childhood. Memories of being stuck in my room on a Friday night, while my mom played Spades, and drank beers with a house full of friends, as the music drowned everyone out .
Which brings me to Donnie Hathaway's For All We Know. It's the definition of a perfectly arranged song. The production is minimal, and he just lets his voice do all the work. You can literally feel the pain, and despair in his voice, particularly during the 2:00 mark in the video. I get goosebumps, and tears every time I hear this song. After a long absence from my iTunes account, I just played this song 5 times, back to back. Sadly, he wasn't long for this world, and his mind got the best of him. But I'm sure he's gaining new fans everyday.
ETA: Honorable mention goes to American Dad's Steve Smith for Daddy's Gone