I love innovators in music. When I say innovators I essentially mean people that will take music to another level. Over this past weekend we lost a great vocalist when Al Jarreau passed away at the age of 76. What made him so great was his style of music and the way he used his voice as an instrument. He would often mimic sounds such as a rock guitar with his voice, or drums, or just about any other solo instrument. He did a vocal arrangement to the hit jazz classic Spain that was awesome. He had too many hits to name, so the best thing I can tell you is to just Google his name. While some of his songs featured basic singing, it was his vocal rifts that made him overly exceptional. He wasn’t a great dancer or anything like that. He didn’t have to be. Al did his music “his way” and the world accepted him “as is.” There were a lot of great songs in his career, but today I wanted to feature a tune that exemplifies his scatting and rift singing and that I think you can find in the link below:
Al was scheduled to perform here in Philadelphia very soon, but concerns grew as he fell ill and had to break away from his tour. The day before he passed he announced that he was retiring. I talked to a DJ friend of mine and we both agreed that Al was not the type of man who wanted to retire from what he loved to so. Music was his passion and he managed to see it all the way through until the end. The world will miss him, but his music will always be immortal. I think it is a firm bet that Al is actually up in Heaven “not just singing, but directing the choir.” May he rest eternally in God’s hands. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Anthony Hamilton with Brett Jolly in concert