Three little birds sat on my window and they told me I don't need to worry...
This artfully delivered reference to Bob Marley and his soul movement is the opening line to Corinne Bailey Rae's, Put Your Records On. The second I heard it I was enamored by the writer who would so skillfully weave her story with his. Off I went to discover everything I could about the gal who possessed that sweet and lovely voice. What I found has enthralled me with her to this day. Corinne's origin story is complicated, messy, and really beautiful. Her artistry is undeniable and watching her perform live at Jazz Aspen Snowmass is a lifetime memory I can't imagine forgetting.
I once had a voice coach tell me that my problem area was singing softly while staying on pitch and still delivering emotion. She challenged me to find a song that I admired that was sung cleanly, quietly, and without the power runs I had become accustomed to. Images of Corinne were instantly conjured in my imagination and I went home to pull out her records and pick a song. I ended up choosing Put Your Records On because it was somewhere in between. There was still room for me to fall back on belting it out if I got lost along the way.
I don't think there is another song that has brought me so much joy while singing. How could it not?!
"Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song, you go ahead let your hair down!"
That's an anthem right there.
So, when choosing songs to demo I turned again to this joyful and faithful song of sisterhood, empathy, and encouragement. And, as you will hear, I did run into trouble when recording and choose to belt my way through a part or two - it's just who I am as a person.
My version of this song is simply called, Records On. As it is only a demo, it won't be available for sale or on streaming platforms.
But, if you like it, it is available for free download - right here.