Will. I. Am. plays keys and is in the video, Natalie Cole duets and it’s by Macy Gray but it doesn’t even chart, my flabber, has never been so ghasted.
Sometimes a great song is too far out the current zeitgeist to make an impact. This is especially true for new artists who have to compete with the singing chavs and karaoke monkeys on the talent shows.
[pullquote]the mutual desire to knock each others socks off and the recognition with a sage nod that you have achieved said de-socking, this is what it’s like, this is why we can’t stop.[/pullquote]But for established artists with a confirmed appeal and a god given talent such as Macy Gray it shouldn’t be a big issue. And, when you write and record an absolute belter like ‘Finally made me happy’, you leave the studio walking on air, drunk with it all and it is indeed heady stuff.
This is the real rush of being a muso, sure the money is nice, but it’s the magic that fuels this addiction. The heat, the adrenalin of the collaboration, the pride and self affirmation, the mutual desire to knock each others socks off and the recognition with a sage nod that you have achieved said de-socking, this is what it’s like, this is why we can’t stop.
We then release our child to find it’s way in the world, happy that we have given them everything they need to be a success.
And then no-one likes them and it hurts.
This song is a beautiful child, perfect in every way, fun, charming, intelligent, cultured, elegantly structured and above else completely loveable. It’s failure to chart can only be seen as a damning statement against the taste and culture of the current record buying public and not as a criticism of the song itself. Hear for yourself…