A word of thanks to Raggedy for inviting me to be a guest blogger on her site. Thank You!!
Now for my first intro ….This is a song by one of my most favorite artist “Isaac Hayes”. This is a cover of Billy Joel’s “ Just the way you are” This was ripped from the 1978 album “For The Sake Of Love” on the Polydor label. I just uploaded this song this morning.
I have been listening to this for the past few days and it struck me….where are the baritone singers of today?? Well basically they are non-existent. Today’s music is filled with the same-sounding nasal whiny tenors that have no substance in their voices, but I digress………..That is another blog, another time.
Isaac Hayes knew how to take any song and make it his own. Listen to his very serious, moving “rap” about love and then he starts with his heavy, lush baritone telling his love “don’t change”.
Too me, this is classic Isaac Hayes, remember his first big hit was over 17 minutes long “Walk on By” made famous by” Dionne Warwick” the riffs are quintessential Isaac …just great singing.