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I Believe in You & Me (an acoustic piano tribute to Whitney Houston) [NEW download link added]

Ahmed Sirour on March 14, 2012 21:03

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    It's already been over a month (at the time I'm writing this) since the passing of one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I remember I was still in Brasil that evening, on stage sitting at the piano after watching an amazing show put on by the famous Sun Ra Arkestra; even had a small audience of a few Brasilian people watching and even recording me just messing around on an acoustic grand, which I love to find and play when I get a chance. All of a sudden, one of the main band members/vocalists came up to me and told me in a broken and sad voice, "play a song for Whitney Houston...she's dead", then he walked away, still upset and choked up.

    It took me a second to get my head together and process not only what he said but the impact of what it meant. I'm probably even sadder now typing this than I was at that moment, still in some sort of shock, but the first song that came to mind was "I Believe in You and Me". I had never played it before, but I worked it out in my mind as I went along, mistakes and all, and played for Whitney and to her memory and legacy.

    That line where she sings, "I was lost but now I'm free"...that really rings true as she battled so many demons, figurative and literal (esp a certain someone who had the audacity to party while knowing she was still lying there a few floors above...but let me chill). This version you hear is in no way perfect, or thought out too well, and is unmixed. I didn't really practice it much but just decided to get the basic structure and just let the rest come through me as I felt it...melancholy but meditative, knowing Whitney no longer has to suffer any more.

    From me to one of the greatest...as difficult as it was to record this...and how missed you will be, Ms Houston. Rest peacefully.

    Release date: Mar 14, 2012

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