As I sit down to write this, I’m listening to my Spotify playlist of my top 25 songs by Sade. Earlier this evening, I walked five miles for exercise and I need a boost to get me to write this post. (If you didn’t figure it out, I write the morning posts the evening before and schedule them—there’s no way I can write them in the morning before I head out to the day job, and I certainly can’t write there either). At any rate, in the comments of yesterday’s post, reader/blogger Just Joan suggested that I feature some Sade for my daily song. Dear Joan, your wish is my command.
Today’s song is “Kiss Of Life,” by Sade. I suppose I could have picked any one of her songs, but this one is in my personal top 5, and is also included on my favorite Sade album, Love Deluxe. So many people have said so many good things about Sade’s music—from it being a perfect “mood setter,” to using the music to help them get in the zone to write. For me, no matter the tempo, no matter the subject, it’s feel good music. In perusing the comments for the video of “Kiss Of Life” on YouTube, user kudos100 may have said it best:
Having a bad day? Listen to Sade. Having a good day? Listen to Sade. Just listen, anytime, anywhere. Timeless.
That’s good advice, right there. In fact, I discussed Sade with my walking partner. I mentioned to her that I was going to be writing about her, but I didn’t know what song. That got us into discussing how her fans would most likely wish that the music would come more often than it does. I noted that what has already been released has been so good and means so much to so many, that anything they released would almost pale in comparison, even if it was great. We agreed that when Sade decides to bless us with new music, it will be an event worth waiting for, regardless.
Quickly for the facts: “Kiss Of Life” was the second single released from Love Deluxe. It peaked at #10 on the R&B chart, but only made it as far as #78 on the Billboard Hot 100. For me, it’s a #1 with a bullet.
Tell me what you think about Sade, or this song. Whether you want to drop a video, or say what your favorite or favorites are, or what their music means to you—leave it in the comments. Joan, thanks for the suggestion/request. And if you haven’t already, go take a peek at Just Joan 42—that’s Joan’s blog. There’s “poetry and stories about life, the universe and everything.” That should cover just about anything you might be interested in.
As always, thanks for reading and listening.