Morning folks. In today's episode of "reliving the music", I'd like to cover some of my favorite duets, more specifically, a duet performed by a male and female vocalist.
Technically, a duet means any song performed by two different singers (who are not a part of the same band). But in true musical terms, I think a duet is a duet only if both people are famous individually. If the other person is not famous enough, then the credit of that song goes to the more famous person while the lesser known person is reduced to being just a "backup vocalist". Oh comon, you know I'm right :)
Anyhoo, here are some of my favorite duets, which I really hope you like too. I'm sure there are a lot of other good duets I must have missed too because I'm in office right now juggling between work and writing this post...
"Islands in the stream" by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers is my all time favorite duet. Oh man I can still sing it to this day... Islands in the stream, That is what we are, No one in between, How can we be wrong, Sail away with me, To another world, And we rely on each other, ah-ha, From one lover to another, ah-ha! :)
Now how many of you know this next duet? :) "No more midnight rides with you, No more secret rendezvous... I'm gonna miss all the things we'll never do. I just can't believe you left me here alone, How in this world can I make it on my own?" sings the sultry siren Stephanie (Michelle Pfeiffer). And then cool rider Michael joins in, "Remember, I love you, I won't be far away. Baby, close your eyes and think of yesterday, And we'll be there together. Love will turn back the hands of time. Whoa oh, turn back... Whoa oh, turn back the hands of time."
Those were truly the great days :) And I think I'm probably the only person in this world who enjoyed Grease 2 more than the first part.
Next would be Jennifer Warnes & Joe Cocker singing - "Up Where We Belong". Oh man I love this one, including the soundtrack movie "An Office and a Gentleman", though the particular music video compilation below had, for some strange reasons, clips from "Top Gun" in it as well :D
Maybe "love lift us up where we belong, where the eagles fly" is apt with Tom Cruise cruising thousands of feet above sea-level in his jetfighter :)
And then here's another power ballad duet I really love - Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack singing - "Tonight I celebrate my Love". Very slow, mushy and smooth.
This is another favorite song of mine since Calcutta boarding school days at St. Thomas - Patty Smith & Don Henley singing "Sometimes love just ain't enough". They used to play this regularly on our school fete (carnival) music system during those rare times Boys school and Girls school could interact with each other, and aspiring couples used to dedicate this song to each other :D and the irony is that this song is actually a "break-up and moving on" song. Buuutttt... we were just kids back then. Everything was a mushy love song if the music was slow I guess :D
Another favorite female-male duet of mine is "Stumblin' in" by Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman of Smokie. But much as I love this song and the band Smokie, I hate it when I see people credit this song to just Smokie alone. In fact Chris Norman was the only connection Smokie had to this song, the rest were all Suzi's people.
Moving a bit forward, here is another duet I really really love - "Where the wild roses grow" performed by Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. "They call me The Wild Rose, But my name was Elisa Day, Why they call me it I do not know, For my name was Elisa Day". The song is dark and grim, based on "The Wild Rose" urban legend of Elisa Day, and Kylie's deep husky voice fits the role perfectly.
Speaking of dark and poignant... another favorite duet of mine is "Whisky Lullaby" by Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley. Dayymmm, this one just brings out the feels, man. One of the saddest and most emotional stirring duet I've ever heard...
So that's it for now. Like I said, I'm sure to have missed out on a lot of my favorite duets as well, since I'm writing this post in one go from office.
Until the next post, cheers :)