In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #49

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Ep. #49: Featuring Drummer Mona Tavakoli on Cajón
"Lovely Day"

Bill Withers’ story is an “American Dream" story. Through the power of his poetry and music, he overcame a myriad of obstacles and rose to fame. One evening at a club in Oakland, California he witnessed a performance by Lou Rawls and thought “You know, I think I could do that”. Ultimately Withers moved to Los Angeles, purchased a pawn shop guitar, and with grit, talent and determination brought us songs like “Lean On Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Just the Two Of Us”. In a recording career that lasted less than a decade, Withers had 13 hit songs, won 3 GRAMMY Awards and, in 2015, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Bill Withers’ songs have compelling melodies and perfect grooves. Can you name the tune where he holds a high E for a record 18.3 seconds? Hint: It’s the opening track on his 1977 album “Menagerie”, inspired by co-writer Skip Scarborough: "Skip was a very nice, gentle man. The way Skip was, every day was just a lovely day...”. That’s right, "Lovely Daaaaaaaaay."

MUSE/IQUE’s Mona Tavakoli returns with her unique take on this feel-good song.