Tribute to Al Jarreau

A song is much more than mere music. A three minute tune can capture the history of our lives, times of joy or sorrow. A song can elevate our souls and lift us up when we’re down, energize us when we feel we can’t go on. Jazz and pop singer, Al Jarreau does all of those things for me. May he sing on.

I first heard him in the 80’s, and I was blown away by his scat-singing, his smooth, flexible voice, and above all, the sheer passionate joy he conveyed in every note. I’d never heard anything like it in my life. As a young mother of three small kids, to play his music while going about the same old routine (diapering, cleaning, preparing meals, seeing to everyone else’s needs) probably saved my sanity more than once. As the kids got older, I enjoyed blowing their minds with scat-mad songs like “Roof Garden,” and the unique version of “My Favorite Things.” He came into my home, bringing his vocal playfulness, filling the rooms with  joy.

Later, when my father became ill and passed away,  and while another family member recovered from a life-threatening disease, Al Jarreau placed his hand upon my shoulder with his music, and in kindness and comfort lifted me up with hope. There is compassion in every note he sings, and his love for life is contagious.

He will live on and gift his afterlife with passion and joy, transporting us out of the darkness, lighting up the world with his brilliance, turning three minutes into musical magic. Sing on, Al. And thank you.

5 thoughts on “Tribute to Al Jarreau

  1. Shine

    Oh, so very well written, Jen!! His music always touched my soul as well. He would be happy to know that he placed his hand upon your shoulder with his music and gave you hope and happiness. What a wonderful legacy he has left – It couldn’t have been more beautifully said. RIP, Al Jarreau.

  2. Tamara Taylor-Hillyer

    Hey Jenny –this is special. I printed it off, it’s a keeper. I have felt that way about music so many times. And Al was totally unique. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Love, T

    On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 8:52 AM, Jennifer Taylor Writes wrote:

    > jennifertaylorwrites posted: “A song is much more than mere music. A three > minute tune can capture the history of our lives, times of joy or sorrow. A > song can elevate our souls and lift us up when we’re down, energize us when > we feel we can’t go on. Jazz and pop singer, Al Jarreau do” >

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