January 6, 2017– JOE COCKER

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‘Spot light on a Song’

January 6th?! Happy New Year! And it’s some serious cold here in the PNW. I keep thinking I’m back in Chicago because it rarely gets below 30 degrees here. BURR~~~

The holidays came and went; although I don’t think 2017 could come fast enough for a lot of people. With all the amazingly significant musicians that passed away in 2016, our countries political stability, PRINCESS LEAH—all heartbreaking. It’s like watching my childhood slowly fade away little by little.  BUT— there were good things in 2016 too. My Cubbies brought it home!! What a ride that was!! And I finished my second full album which I recently released. So 2016 wasn’t a complete bust.

A few weeks ago I read on social media that Joe Cocker had passed. Yet another piece of my childhood gone. Rather than checking the facts, I had either forgotten or not heard that he had actually passed away two years ago. So today’s spot light is dedicated to him, the English singer and musician known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs. Cocker’s voice was one of a kind and he sang songs that have lifelong impressions on me. From the Beatles “A Little Help from My Friends”, to “Up Where We Belong”, “You are So Beautiful”, and “You Can Leave Your Hat On”. The list goes on. 

Cocker was a legend–even if I’m two years late to acknowledge it. And although he mostly covered songs written by other musicians, his vocal instrument stood alone and left its mark.

This particular song Cocker covered continues to remain my favorite, withstanding the test of time. Written by John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘Darling Be Home Soon’, bar none is one of the most heartfelt songs about being away from a loved one, written from the point of view of a musician on the road. I’ll certainly miss him.

Wishing all my music appreciating friends a sweet and happy 2017 full of beautiful music. 

Strum a little….

~Abby K