Birmingham, England’s Steve Winwood has been a fixture in my musical history. However, I don’t have any records of his — just a couple of singles, including his hit, “Valerie,” which is on the three-CD set, Island Life: 50 Years of Island Records. Many of his songs have received extensive airplay, and I have always enjoyed his vocals for the sense of freshness and positivity he brings to the music.
Winwood has been a session musician for much of his career, and as I mentioned in this post on Marianne Faithfull’s“The Ballad of Lucy Jordan,” he played keyboards on her album Broken English (1979).
“Higher Love” (1986) features Chaka Khan singing the female vocal, and while talking about things looking “… so bad everywhere / in this whole world, what is fair?” the song’s beat, vocals and instrumentation seem hopeful and positive, reflected in this later lyric:
“I will wait for it, I’m not too late for it
Until then, I’ll sing my song
To cheer the night along
I could light the night up with my soul on fire
I could make the sun shine from pure desire
Let me feel that love come over me
Let me feel how strong it could be”
(from “Higher Love,” by Will Jennings, Steve Winwood)
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official video for the song from Steve Winwood’s YouTube channel: