Flashback Friday – Randy Crawford – Now We May Begin

Randy Crawford - Now We May Begin
One day I’ll fly away
Leave your love to yesterday
What more can your love do for me
When will love be through with me
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends

The voice of Randy Crawford is one of the most distinctive voice in R&B and Contemporary Jazz. Her sound is very unique and often underrated as are so many of the great singers of our lifetime. My first memory of her music was the 1979 hit song “Streetlife” on The Crusaders album of the same name. In 1980, The Crusaders (Joe Sample, Stix Hooper, and Wilton Felder) produced her album Now We May Begin was released. There were many hot, humid summer evenings spent listening to Randy’s music on the quiet storm radio programs. This was a time when on Wednesday nights, the local radio station would spotlight an entire album of an artist. I would hear those opening guitar licks on the title track “Now We May Begin” and I was hooked. The playful “Last Night At Danceland” and the signifying “Same Old Story (Same Old Song)” were also favorites but the songs that thoroughly moved me were her beatiful and poignant renditions of “When Your Life Was Low” and “One Day I’ll Fly Away.” These two songs were later sung by Lalah Hathaway on The Song Lives On album with Joe Sample which proves the music truly does live on. This album also includes her self-penned ballad “Tender Falls The Rain.”

Her next album, Secret Combination, which was produced by Tommy LiPuma, yielded other favorites including “You Might Need Somebody“, “Rio de Janiero Blues” (still a smooth jazz favorite), “Rainy Night In Georgia“, “You Bring The Sun Out“, “Secret Combination” and “Trade Winds” which was later sung by Perrí.

Next weekend, Randy will be reuniting with The Crusaders at the Monterey Jazz Festival. They have been touring together this summer. I have been waiting a long time for them to get back together and hopefully they will record together again soon. Enjoy your music.

6 Responses to “Flashback Friday – Randy Crawford – Now We May Begin”

  1. Gee says:

    Oh how the memories come flying back! Mostly of watching my mama and how she really felt the music that she was listening to. And haven’t we all felt those line from “Some day I’ll fly away”? Yet another marvelous choice!

  2. Gee says:

    And I just had to add that “Last Night At DAnceland” is probably in my top 10 all time favorites. It just makes me so happy to listen to.

  3. Tai says:

    I love her rendition of One Day I Will Fly Away

  4. Valerie says:

    Hello ,
    I’m Valerie and i’d like to have a email with the notes of the song One day I’ll fly away – Randy Crawford.
    Valerie Koolemans Beijnen

  5. Dirk says:

    He, Valerie Koolemans Beijnen, dat is een bekende naam, die woonde vroeger op nummer 2 schuin aan de overkant, leuk zo je naam weer eens tegen te komen en hoop dat het goed gaat met je.

  6. Heinz says:

    Hello Randy Crawford
    Streetlife is super and fantastic Song!

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