Keith Whitley – “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

Remembering Keith Whitley. today on what would have been his 67th birthday.  It's hard to believe that he has been gone for 32 years. Jackie Keith Whitley (July 1, 1954 – May 9, 1989) was an American country music singer. During his career, Whitley recorded only two albums but charted 12 singles on the Billboard country … Continue reading Keith Whitley – “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

R.E.M. – “The One I Love”

The lead vocal on the chorus contains just one word: "Fire," which Michael Stipe draws out into a long wail. In the background, you can hear bass player Mike Mills singing, "She's comin' down on her own, now." Often misinterpreted as a love song, this is just the opposite. Michael Stipe describes this song as … Continue reading R.E.M. – “The One I Love”

Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth – “The Warrior”

If being a teenager and growing up in the 80s wasn't already an amazing thing, in walks Scandal featuring the tough, sassy, rebellious Patty Smyth with a voice out of this world. This song awakened the strength in many young ladies, because Patty's voice sang be strong, don't stand for anything, become your own warrior.  … Continue reading Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth – “The Warrior”

Sade – “The Sweetest Taboo”

The "Sweetest Taboo" is the height of sexual pleasure. In this song, Sade sings lovingly about a man who gets her there. With him, every day is Christmas, every night is New Year's Eve. The line, "There's a quiet storm," is a reference to the Quiet Storm radio format, which is filled with baby-making music … Continue reading Sade – “The Sweetest Taboo”

Crowded House – “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

This song was a huge part of my growing into a young adult. I remember riding around in my 1979 Mercury Cougar with that song blasting on the radio, cruising and singing. According to Songfacts, Crowded House lead singer Neil Finn wrote this song. He explained in an interview with Goldmine: "I wrote that on … Continue reading Crowded House – “Don’t Dream It’s Over”