‘Simpsons’ star Marcia Wallace dies at 70 – chicagotribune.com October 26, 2013
Cover Battle – “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” October 4, 2013
Songstress and legend Whitney Houston left us in early 2012. She was a multi-talented artist who, sadly, couldn’t escape the troubles and demons she had previously conquered.
Whitney left a legacy of anthemic songs and stunning performances. I think “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”, the theme from the movie Waiting to Exhale, is overlooked, though. It’s subtle and graceful, warm and embracing. This song provides a wonderful showcase for Whitney’s gifts. No overdone vocal gymnastics or overbearing orchestration. It’s lovely and infinitely listenable. In a word – Perfection.
I’ve been a fan of Robin Thicke’s for awhile now. I used to think he should be just as popular as another purveyor of genuine white-boy soul, Justin Timberlake. I have to admit, though, that lately Robin’s been seriously wearing on my nerves. And the more I see and listen to him, the cheesier he’s sounding to me. I mean don’t even get me started on the whole “Blurred Lines” business and some of his comments in general.
But anyway, back to the song. Robin’s heartfelt tribute to the late Whitney Houston is beautiful and gives me chills. No cheesiness factor at all, just an honest homage and respect throughout. Very well done.
The version by The Chipettes is … a little weird. It’s not a cutesy, funny song so I don’t think a cutesy-voiced cover makes any sense at all.
RIP Jean Stapleton June 1, 2013