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Monday, May 07, 2012

Dance with My Father ~ by Luther Vandross & Richard Marx

First, I'd like to say that Luther Vandross sang very well in the original and I love the the melody and lyrics of the song. However... the only thing that I don't like about the song... is the percussion... I wish I could turn it off... because it just didn't blend with the everything else.

Here's what Wikipedia had to say about this song...
"Dance with My Father is the thirteenth studio album by American R&B-soul singer-songwriter Luther Vandross. It was released in the United States on June 10, 2003 by J Records, his final album to be released before his death on July 1, 2005. The album, especially its title track, was dedicated to Vandross' late father. The album earned Vandross two American Music Awards in 2003—Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album—and four Grammy Awards in 2004—Song of the Year and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Dance with My Father" (also nominated for Best R&B Song), Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "The Closer I Get to You" (with Beyoncé), and Best R&B Album. Chart performance and sales... Dance with My Father debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving some 442,000 units in its opening week alone, and also topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, after debuting at #42 the previous week. It was Vandross' only album to top the U.S. albums chart. It was also his eighth album to reach #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart; this is also his first #1 R&B album in twelve years since the release of Power of Love. Dance With My Father also stands as the biggest selling studio album of Luther's entire career with over 2.9 million sales in the United States alone. The title track single was a hit on Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary radio. It received the 2004 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, which Luther shared with his father."
~ more at... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_with_My_Father

I've included that recording at the bottom of this blog so hopefully you'll be able to understand what I'm talking about.

But before that recording... please listen to these covers and enjoy the song for what, I feel, it should sound like.

The Videos are below these Lyrics.


Dance with My Father
Original Singer: Luther Vandross
Co-Writers / Composers: Luther Vandross & Richard Marx

Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me
And then
Spin me around 'till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure
I was loved

If I could get another chance
Another walk
Another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
How I'd love love love
To dance with my father again

When I and my mother
Would disagree
To get my way I would run
From her to him
He'd make me laugh just to comfort me
yeah yeah
Then finally make me do
Just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he
Would be gone from me

If I could steal one final glance
When final step
One final dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
Cause I'd love love love to
Dance with my father again

Sometimes I'd listen outside her door
And I'd hear how mama would cry for him
I'd pray for her even more than me
I'd pray for her even more than me

I know I'm praying for much to much
But could you send her
The only man she loved
I know you don't do it usually
But Dear Lord
She's dying to dance with my father again

Every night I fall asleep
And this is all I ever dream

{Sung by Sunni Organ}
Dance with my father (Cover)

{Sung by Joseph Vincent}
Dance With My Father - (Luther Vandross) - Joseph Vincent featuring Richard Marx

Richard Marx - Dance With My Father

The Original Recording: 

My notes: Please note the ugly percussion in the background music. Surely... this could have been a much better recording. I did hear this song on radio where percussion was not audible due to loss of fidelity over the air-waves and it actually sounded better.

Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross (Lyrics)


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