Tuesday, January 27, 2015

“Every Breath You Take” Playlist – Track No. 5

Track #5 from the “Every Breath You Take” playlist is “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion.

While “Every Breath You Take,” is definitely psychological suspense about a woman who is stalked and kidnapped, a funny thing happened along the way – it became a love story (I realize this sounds strange on the surface, considering the subject matter, but I promise, there’s a method to my madness). Being an author who doesn’t always have a roadmap while she’s writing, the characters inspired me to take several sharp left turns during the trip. Ultimately, I’m really happy with the final destination.

Co-written by Jennifer Rush, who took the song to No. 1 in a bazillion countries back in 1984, “The Power of Love” has gone on to become a pop standard. Much like “La Vie en Rose,” it is an oft-covered song, Air Supply and Laura Branigan being just two of the acts who’ve recorded it with varying degrees of success.

I’m partial to the Celine Dion version (which went to No. 1 in the U.S. back in 1994). It’s a lush, soaring rendition and the haunting melody and poetic lyrics stay with you long after the last note.

 

Every Breath You Take Playlist:
Track No. 1 - “Every Breath YouTake,” by The Police
Track No. 3 - "Father Figure," by George Michael
Track No. 4 - "Rise," by Herb Alpert
 
 



 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Every Breath You Take” Playlist – Track No. 4

Track #4 from the “Every Breath You Take” playlist is “Rise” by Herb Alpert.

The haunting melody and driving beat of “Rise” stokes mixed emotions; it’s either a laid-back beach party full of friends, cocktails and laughter or a sinister opus that makes you look twice over your shoulder on a dark, lonely street late at night.

For the purposes of “Every Breath You Take,” it’s the latter.

 
 


 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

“Every Breath You Take” Playlist – Track No. 3

Track No. 3 from the “Every Breath You Take” playlist is less about the song and more about the video.

“Father Figure,” by George Michael is one creepy motherf*!&%$# video. Taxi driver George Micheal is having a torrid affair with a beautiful model—or it might be all in his head. No matter. This moody, beautifully shot music video is a brilliant little homage to “unhinged.”
 
 
 
Every Breath You Take Playlist:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

“Every Breath You Take” Playlist – Track No. 2

Best laid plans, best laid plans. . .

I’ve slacked off a little (a lot) on my plan to release a song from the “Every Breath You Take,” playlist each Tuesday. The holidays will be my scapegoat.

All right, to get back on track, here’s the next track(ha ha!) from the playlist.

One of the most beautiful, most poetic songs ever sung has to be “La Vie en rose.” Paris plays a small, but significant role in the book, and “La Vie en rose,” immediately whisks me away to a little café in the city of love, which is one reason why I included the song.

While it has been covered by everyone from Aretha Franklin to Tony Bennett, “La Vie en Rose” is most closely associated with French cabaret singer, Édith Piaf (who penned the tune.) However, there is something really sweet about the Louis Armstrong version, which is below.

Jouir (Enjoy)!