You would have thought I was the one who was about to get married.
The week of my daughter’s wedding, I was determined not to be anxious. It wasn’t that I had that much to do; I only needed to write something to say during the rehearsal dinner for my daughter, and be ready to walk her down the aisle on the big day. Well, maybe there was something; I had to see my ex, who was mother of the bride.
During the week leading up to the wedding, I was listening to Paul Hardcastle’s album, The Chill Lounge, Volume 2. If I needed an album to keep me calm, I found the right one. The song I gravitated to the most was “Pulse Of The Universe,” which is the featured song for Smooth Jazz Sunday today.
Hardcastle has been around for over thirty years; I remember his first hit was “Rain Forest,” an R&B and dance hit in 1985. I remember it being the soundtrack behind a lot of breakdancing sessions. What no one could tell when that song was released was that Hardcastle would become a prolific source of music, not just under his own name, but also as Silent Underdog, The Jazzmasters and Kiss The Sky. Just about everything he has released has been mostly electronics, with some of his work augmented by woodwinds and a few guest vocalists, depending on the project.
For this song, it’s all synthesizers, programmed electronic beats and some wordless vocals. (A slightly different version appears on Hardcastle’s Jazzmasters VII album). For me, it was a perfect song to keep me in chill mode, particularly as the day approached for my daughter and her soon to be husband. As for those words for my daughter? I came up with a little something. As for any anxiety? Thanks to Mr. Hardcastle, this track and the album it was featured on, I was as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Here’s hoping your Sunday morning is pretty chill also, if not, maybe this tune can help. Hope your Sunday is great, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.