Anita's biggest hit is "Sweet Love" which is also my least favorite of her songs. It's easy to see why it was a hit and she sings it very well but I love the adventures she takes with "No One In The World," "Caught Up In The Rapture," the "You Belong to Me"s (both the Carly Simon song and another song with the same name), "Giving You The Best That I Got," "Fairy Tales" and especially "Just Because." (Especially? She goes into some of her deepest and warmest notes on that. Sarah Vaughn at her finest -- and I love Sarah Vaughn -- would have been hard pressed to hold her own next to Baker's performance on that one.)
Those are Anita's hits that I love. She has many other hits. My favorite album, for years, was Rapture. In 2004, that changed when Anita moved over to Blue Note and released My Everything. That was amazing. This is her follow up to that (there's been a live album and a Christmas album since, this is her follow up) and I'm really excited. My Everything seemed to be Anita at her best in everything. The songs were uniformly strong and she was breathing so much life into them. So she's recording again and approximately half-way done with the album.
Any sports fans may be able to identify with Michael Amann (Ohio's UWeekly):
Football season is so, so very close. I keep humming the chorus of Carly Simon's immortal ode to yearning, "Anticipation." For me, the beginning of the greatest time of the year is nothing but a plus. Ohio State players and coaches, however, have the responsibility to get ready for the rapidly approaching 2010 season.
Perhaps the tune that better suits the Buckeyes, then, is "Almost There," sung by the titular heroine of Disney's "The Princess and the Frog." Many Buckeyes - including Jim Tressel - have spoken to the expiration of the grueling two-a-days and the start of the regular season. "We're all pretty tired," said senior tackle Justin Boren. Indeed, by the time UWeekly has hit the stands, the opening game against Marshall will be but a week away. The long-awaited party is finally near. We're almost there.
That's the opening of his column and he had me at "Anticipation." Oh, C.I. just said I better clarify something or I'll get e-mails. Anita Baker records the non-Carly "You Belong To Me" on her Giving You The Best That I Got album. She recorded Carly's "You Belong To Me" (which Carly co-wrote with Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers -- he wrote the music and sent it to her, she came up with the lyrics and melody) for the Elektra double-disc anniversary set Rubaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary. Do not e-mail me and say, "I went to Wikipedia and looked up Anita Baker and didn't find anything about her recording the song!" It happened. Google it if you doubt me. (And seriously, Wikipedia is majorly sexist. Never go there looking for reality on a female artist.)
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"