Thursday, July 15, 2010
Worthy of the throne
1. Lean on Me, Bill Withers
2. Outa-Space, Billy Preston
3. Song Sung Blue, Neil Diamond
4. Too Late to Turn Back Now, Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
5. Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr.
"Lean on Me" is one of the greatest examples of honest and understated music we've ever heard here at the Sanctuary. That is something you came to expect from Withers, a native of Slab Fork, West Virginia who was well grounded in R&B and brought a working man's perspective to his songs. Here's a quote that originally appeared in the L.A. Times:
"When I was repairing airplanes, that was a vital gig, because you can lose a lot of lives if that job isn't done p;roperly. Even when I was workiing on bathroom seats, this was at least constructive. I challenge anybody: I won't sing for a month and you don't go to the bathroom for a month and let's see who comes off with less misery."
If you want to see some of that honest sweat on stage, click here and watch Withers' performance on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test of "Ain't No Sunshine" -- another phenomenal song that won him a Grammy. We have always loved this guy.