Hi everyone. Andy Davis here again from
Master of Voice, a channel with reactions to performers from across the world. In
this episode, I am honored and humbled today to be reacting to legendary singer
Kenny Rogers. So well known as a country singer here in the United States, had a
bit of crossover success into the popular music world and, I, like so many
were saddened by the recent news of his passing. So, today we’re going to be
listening to one of his wonderful ballads, “Lady.” Let’s jump right in. (Lady, I’m your knight in shining armor and I love you.)
Beautiful. (You have made me what I am and I am yours.) This song, written by Lionel Richie, of
course. I believe this is around 1980 and, you know, he was a great storyteller.
Some of his songs didn’t focus on vocals as much as they did him telling a story
and giving a great performance of really good lyrics but he was a stellar
singer, as well, and we’re seeing that here in this beautiful ballad, “Lady.” You
know, he started out with just some medium volume singing here but what
really draws me in is that anticipation that he gives in the disconnect of the
notes right there before I stopped the video. He pulls the vowel back just a
bit to give us a bit of a mixed vocal quality there in anticipation, a longer
held note, in anticipation of the resolve of the phrase and, to me, that was a very
intriguing part of this song and he does it so well. (My love, there’s so many ways I want to say I
love you. Let me hold you in my arms for… ever more.) His phrasing is wonderful and that’s why
I mentioned him being a storyteller because he just draws you in with where
he places the notes and the rests and, even in that longer held note there, a
bit of imperfection of the sound crept in and that was just wonderful. You know,
that’s what makes these singers unique and identifiable and, to me, that was just
signature Kenny right there. (You have gone and made me such a fool.
I’m so lost in your love.) Wow! (And oh, we belong together.
Won’t you believe in my song.) He had great breath control and I like
the way at the ends of some of these longer notes he sort of falls off or
slides off the end of those phrases. Almost in a style of a crooner, if you
will, and, to me, that is just so well done. Oh! This is so good to hear again. Of
course, I loved his duets with Dolly Parton. We all remember “Islands in the Stream” and they had such a good time with their
friendship and camaraderie as singers and performers together especially on in
Nashville on the country music scene. She put out a video of how disappointed and
heartbroken she was and I just, you know, this is nostalgic for me. I grew up in
this era of music. His hairstyle and beard here actually reminds me of my father
back in this decade in this era. My father was a professional country music
player – guitar player – and sang with so many bands. So, for me, this is a lot of
nostalgia coming together right here for me and in such a beautiful song. Lionel Richie did such a great job with this song. (Lady, for so many years
I thought I’d never find you.) Almost spoken through that section. (You have come into my life
and made me whole.) Just telling this story. (Forever let me wake to see you each and every morning.) You guys, I just can’t get over how
masterful he is at emoting these lyrics. Singing so well but, at times, just almost
spoken. Just telling this beautiful story through these lyrics and through a
beautiful melody, as well. (Let me hear you whisper softly in my ear.) And I love the piano
accompaniment. (In my eyes) Yes! More volume here. (I see no one else but you.
There’s no other love like our love.) (And yes, oh yes, I’ll always want you near me.
I’ve waited for you for so long.) Wow, you guys, he has really opened up in
this section here. More volume. He’s opening up his mouth a bit more so the
vowels can resonate even more and you can tell the emotion he’s putting into
this. He’s really pouring out his soul into this song and it just takes me back.
I, you know, the world has lost a legend for sure and I’m sad to know it but I’m
also happy that he gave such a wonderful musical legacy to the world as a gift.
Truly special. (Lady, your love’s the only love I need.) The band has joined in here. (And beside me is where I want you to be.
‘Cause, my love, there’s somethin’ I want you to know.) I love when he opens up these notes a
bit more, gives them more volume, a bit of raspiness, or almost a growl comes into
them to just pour that emotion out even more but, then, he’s able to pull it back
as you could tell at the end of that phrase. A little less sound and volume
but still nicely controlled to just give a different nuance to those lyrics at
the end of that phrase. (You’re the love of my life, you’re my lady.) Letting vibrato come in there at the
end the that. Wow! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. This was
just a few days, he had said at the beginning of this video, after he had
released this song. So it was brand new. Maybe a few in the audience had heard it
but that was just an excellent performance of a beautiful song. Wow.
My heart goes out to all of those of you that are fans of his. I am one with you
and I have been mourning the loss this week of him. It’s just a big hit to the
country music world. I know he lived a pretty long life full of a lot of
accomplishments and wonderful musical talent. The gift that he gave to us all
through these beautifully done songs and some of his others that were just so
well known like “The Gambler.” I mean it’s just a lot of musical history with him.
So, I had to feature him on the channel today. I hope you enjoyed this reaction.
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