Tomorrow sees the 25th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest works of art of the 20th century, Brenda Russell's "Piano In The Dark." Some of us were slow to see its power, perhaps due to its incessant repetition on the broadcast media of the time, but as is the case with most true classics the mixture of memory and distance reveals its true worth to even the initially skeptical. Because I have been misinterpreted by some in the past I'd like to make it very clear that I am being completely sincere here: This is an amazing song, and if your friends are irritated by the fact that you play it on repeat and bellow-sing the chorus over and over that is a small price to pay for giving proper tribute to an inarguable example of genius. I imagine it works equally well at karaoke, but I don't go to that; you've got to draw the line somewhere.
Friday, February 1st, 2013