When Alicia Keys Harms, Find a Bridge Over Your Trouble

Have you ever had a song in your head that you don’t like?  You heard someone playing it loud on their radio, and the lyrics got stuck in your head?  Like the flu, you end up catching the song, yet you hate it.   And unfortunately it’s now stuck in your head against your will.

This happened to me concerning that song by Alicia Keys–Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart.  I hate that song!  I didn’t even recognize that it was Alicia Keys when I first heard it!  It sounds so soulless and unlike her!!  Double Yuck! 

I wanted this song out of my head and so last night at work, it occured to me to pray.  I prayed for the Lord to take it from me.  God answers big and small prayers!  Within minutes after praying,  the Lord gave me a new song to think about:  Bridge Over Troubled Water!  I love this song and haven’t heard it in a while. 

Paul Simon of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, wrote and recorded this now classic gospel song back in the 1960s.  It’s such a powerful testimony of  a friend’s sacrificial love and care.  The song has been covered countless times, and these following versions are quite beautiful in their own distinct ways. 

The Quincy Jones version is sung by Valerie Simpson, and her sweet voice fits The Q’s soaring orchestra  perfectly! 

 The version by Anita Baker is so powerful! 

Listen to Annie Lennox’s version–though she doesn’t have the powerful voice of Aretha or Whitney, her version is so powerful, because it’s heartfelt! 

 Roberta Flack’s version is so peaceful and beautiful and calming.

Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans harmonies sound so beautiful!

Need I say anything about Aretha?!

I think my favorite version is Paul Simon’s.  There’s another version by Aaron Neville that I love so much, but couldn’t find it on Youtube.

Yes it worked perfectly to eradicate the other song.  Whenever satan tries to force that other song into my head, I go quickly back to Bridge Over Troubled Water!  This song is so beautiful, the lyrics, the melody, the chords played are all so complex and simple at the same time.  This song, although it’s about 40 years old, is perfect for the times as we find ourselves in right now!  

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sometimes, an artist has to compromise for the greater good. That song sounds like a throwaway that made the album because some exec wanted to push it. It just ruins music when people try to take control from the artist.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      It’s an ugly kind of compromise–the kind that can lose a sister girl her old school fans! I like her but this travesty has wounded me! Please don’t water your soul down to cross over–let your fans cross over to you! Be yourself Alicia!

  2. Mark says:

    I think that Aretha’s was one of her superlative talents coming out of her pores much like the sweat that was dripping out of her. She made it ‘her’ song for a moment.

    Whitney and CeCe… what? what was THAT they were singing??

    Roberta Flack treated the song like it should have been treated and it really showed. Wonderful interpretation!!

    Quincy sounded like a muzak version… nice and bland…

    Anita may be a homegirl, but I don’t think she had the spirit of the song when she sung it… she simply sung it the way she would have sung it had it be her original. Unfortunately, with a standard, you are going to be measured by the original… and she fell short.

    Annie Lennox did a good rendition.

    Areatha and Roberta (who both could have ‘claimed’ the song with their versions) really stepped up to the plate. But as much as I liked listening to them, the original was simply lighting in a bottle. I don’t think either Simon or Garfunkel really knew what they had until they heard it. I like to think that they may have felt something and it came together when they recorded it.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      You wasn’t feeling Whitney and Ce Ce? Ok, Ok, I listened to the very end and can see why! Ha ha!
      You don’t know nuffin ’bout the Q!!
      It was too cold out there for Anita!!
      Roberta and Aretha–on the money! Both versions are beautiful.
      As for Simon’s version–I thought the same thing and tried to find some info on what he may have been thinking as he wrote the song or sang it the first time. I didn’t find anything, tho.

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