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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Musical Obsession du Jour




I walked into a café and a beautifully haunting voice could be heard backed by the bare essentials of a jazz piano, bass, and drums. Although I was distracted with what I was doing, I couldn’t help but be captivated by her voice and the Spartan, elegant arrangement. It was a chain café, the kind I usually never bother to visit, but I really needed a coffee. The song finished and I was left almost in a panic thinking that I’d never hear it again. The young girls working there were total fucking numbskulls so asking them for help in identifying the song was out of the question. And then I finally recognized the song she was covering so I relaxed knowing that I could probably track it down. It was Betty Davis Eyes by Kim Carne, of all the damn songs in the world.

Only a year ago I had been living without music in my life. Since I had stopped playing piano in Seattle a decade earlier I had all but given up on music. I never listened to music at home. The only thing I heard was whatever rock crap was playing in some of the cafés I frequent.

I’m fairly obsessed with music these days. Hardly a week passes without discovering some piece of music that reduces me to a blubbering heap.

On YouTube I was easily able to track down the singer, Karen Souza from Argentina. This song I love even more after learning that she wrote it. If there is a sexier ballad out there someone please tell me.

Paris
by Karen Souza

I woke up in Paris
In some hotel with you
Safe until they find us
Hoping they never do
How'd you get me caught
up in this burning affair
So far away from home
(Pause)
I don't care
(Pause)
You and me in Paris
Free to be who we are
Prisoners of desire
How'd it get this far
(Pause)
People say you're dangerous
But, what do they know
When you are close to me
(Pause)
Can't say no
(Pause)
I can hardly breathe
Lovin you so much
Always on the run
Runnin outta time
And I'm scared that
this could end
What if they should
follow us to Paris
Caution to the wind
Savor every touch
Every night is blessed
Every kiss a rush
(Pause)
All We have is Paris
Here we could disappear
No-one needs to find us
Lost in the shadows here
We could be invisible
Hidden from view
Promise me that's enough
(Pause)
Just me and you
(Pause)
I can hardly breathe
Lovin you so much
Always on the run
Runnin outta time
And I'm scared that
this could end
What if they should
follow us to Paris
Caution to the wind
Savor every touch
Every night is blessed
Every kiss a rush
(Music)
I woke up in Paris
(Pause)
I woke up in Paris
(Pause)
I woke up in Paris..

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