Lionel Richie: emotividad y sentimiento


En los 70 formó parte del grupo de la Motown The Commodores, para iniciar en los 80 su etapa en solitario con una proyección envidiable; un Oscar por la canción "Say You, Say Me", varios números 1, Grammys, y co-autor junto a Michael Jackson de la canción "We Are The World". Era el gran Lionel Richie, con unas letras cuidadas y llenas de sentimientos, melodías poseedoras de emotividad..., parecía poseer todo lo necesario para convertirse en estrella a nivel de Prince o Michael Jackson. Pero su luz se debilitó, al igual que su creatividad.

Hace unos pocos años se le hizo entrega del prestigioso premio que otorga la UNCF (United negro college fund), donde grandes estrellas de la música (Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi...). Le homenajearon con interpretaciones de sus canciones, grandes temas como "Easy" de su época con The Commodores de 1977, o "Stuck On You" de estìlo Country/pop, y que son partes fundamentales de cualquier biblioteca musical, dando muestra del enorme talento de este músico.



Easy
Know it sounds funny
But I just can't stand the pain
Girl I'm leaving you tomorrow
Seems to me girl
You know I've done all I can
You see I begged, stole
And I borrowed

Ooh, that's why I'm easy
I'm easy like sunday morning
That's why I'm easy
I'm easy like sunday morning

Why in the world
Would anyboddy put chains on me?
I've paid my dues to make it
Everbody wants me to be
What they want me to be
I'm not happy when I try to fake it!
No!

Ooh,that's why I'm easy
I'm easy like sunday morning
That's why I'm easy
I'm easy like sunday morning

I wanna be high, so high
I wanna be free to know
The things I do are right
I wanna be free
Just me, babe!

That's why I'm easy
I'm easy like sunday morning
That's why I'm easy
I'm easy like sunday morning
Because I'm easy
Easy like sunday morning
Because I'm easy
Easy like sunday morning
Stuck On You
Stuck on you
I've got this feeling down
Deep in my soul
That I just can't lose
Guess, I'm on my way
Needed a friend
And the way I feel now I guess
I'll be with you till the end
Guess I'm on my way
Mighty glad you stayed

I'm stuck on you
Been a fool too long I guess
It's time for me to come on home
Guess I'm on my way
So hard to see
That a woman like you could wait
Around for a man like me
Guess I'm on my way
Mighty glad you stayed

Oh, I'm leaving on that midnight train tomorrow
And I know just where I'm going
I've packed up my troubles
And I've thrown them all away
Because this time little darling
I'm coming home to stay

I'm stuck on you
I've got this feeling down
Deep in my soul
That I just can't lose
Guess, I'm on my way
Needed a friend
And the way I feel now I guess
I'll be with you till the end
Guess I'm on my way
I'm mighty glad you stayed

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