G.O.A.T.’s- Greatest Voices of…..
Written by I.B.Edubl on May 4, 2015
I didn’t have the privilege of growing up in an environment where my likes and dislikes in music were predetermined and spoon fed. There was no way you could be an 80’s child without being exposed to multiple genre’s of music. The radio was dominated by pop/rock, my household was filled with Motown oldies, funk, R&B; and my friends and I were slowly trying to make room in the world for Hip Hop. Somewhere along the way, I developed an appreciation for all good music. I made no excuses for what I liked, explored all curiosity, and made up my own mind.
Along the way, I developed an affinity for the “pure voice“. You know what I’m talkin’ about. Those rare artists that had voices so pure and powerful that they could raise the hair on your arms without music, without a mic, and seemingly, without effort. One such voice graced the Rock genre as the frontman for a popular band…..called Journey. Always a favorite of mine, I was recently reminded of the truth in his voice while visiting an urban middle school. Thanks to one of Journey’s hit songs being featured in the media campaign for a new TV pilot, this younger generation had been introduced my childhood. While standing in the hall as the students, predominantly Hispanic and African-American, dismissed for the end of the day, my ears were drawn to the sound of an 8th grade boy shamelessly breaking into song….”just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world”! It seemed so out-of-place at the time. I approached the young man and asked him, “What do you know about Steve Perry?”. The boy laughed and replied, “Who?”. Reality check.
I went on to explain to him that the song he was singing was performed by one of the greatest frontmen in history! Not buying into my enthusiasm, he wrinkled his knows, went on his way, and began singing again….”don’t stop, believin'”. The other students never batted an eye, and no one noticed my disappointment.
Steve Perry’s voice was so electric. The songs he sang all have “Theme Song” potential, it seems. If nothing else….each song is filled with heart….and soul. After you get past the long hair, original “skinny jeans” and tight shorts (my apologies in advance He-Moguls) in the vids…….. Definitely, one of the Greatest Voices Of All Time!
Moguls and She-Moguls…..Mr. Steve Perry….