As a young boy I recall my older brother enjoyably listening to a recording of “Baby, I Love Your Way” that later I found out to be a hit version of a Peter Frampton original. To my surprise, the cover by dance-pop band Will To Power contained portions from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird.”
Thus, the track is officially labeled as a medley of both songs. It’s shortened to “Free Baby” apparently for cooler effect.
A typical ‘80s soundscape, it’s undeniably an effective mashed-up as it went to the top of Billboard Hot 100 in December 1988. It’s also among the best recordings featuring “baby” on its title, or for the purpose of this piece, the first word.
The Shirelles classic “Baby It’s You,” which The Beatles covered on their debut album, and Player’s “Baby Come Back” are ones quickly coming to mind.
I came across two baby songs released just weeks back. Both are strong in their own right, sung by fine female voices, and by artists with interesting backgrounds. The first is the melodically danceable “Baby, I’m Jealous” by Bebe Rexha whose big hit “Meant To Be,” featuring Florida Georgia Line, earned a platinum citation ten times over. This track, which has guest artist rapper-songwriter Doja Cat, is her offering for this tumultuous year —somewhat a taste of her upcoming new album in 2021.
While the musical hook is commendable, the song’s lyrics proved timely exploring the discomfort of the digital age reflected in the phrase “a woman in dichotomy.” Rexha informed in a press release, “It’s about the way social media has heightened my jealousy which can affect how I feel about myself. I find myself comparing my worth and beauty to others.”
One line in the chorus reveals, “Baby, I’m jealous of the girls with lighter eyes.”
On a positive note, the singer wants the number to be “an anthem to embrace those feelings as a form of empowerment.”
Another “baby” worth-mentioning is the new song from Thailand’s pioneering English-language, indie-folk rock band My Life As Ali Thomas. The single called “Baby, I Love You” is a cut off their second album Peppermint Town.
Dropped in digital stores just last Nov. 6, it’s moody with a touch of calmness that opens brilliantly with the poetic line “Nothing feels fuller than shadows shifted.”
The trio pointed out in a press statement, “It’s titled “Baby, I Love You” because it takes a lot of courage to say that out loud to the person you love. It may be old-fashioned, but it’s nice to let them know that you love them.”
They added that it’s about feeling “that sense of thankfulness towards the person you love, appreciating having them in your life and realizing how much that person has saved you.”
The group has garnered quite a fan base in their home country and elsewhere since their debut album ‘Paper’ came out four years ago.
Time to listen to some new groove in this new normal, baby.
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