Happy Humpday Everyone! As some of you may know, it is Soul Music Wednesday! I truly believe soul music provides a spiritual experience for both the listener and vocalist alike. On Wednesdays, I like to share a featured love song and give my feedback on the record. Some of the songs will be old classics and others will be new favorites.
The song featured today is the 1985 covered version of “That’s What Friends Are For” performed by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder. The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. Here is a link to the song below…
“This recording, billed as being by “Dionne & Friends”, was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention. It was a massive hit, becoming the #1 single of 1986 in the United States, and winning the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year. Its sales raised over US$3 million for its cause.” -Wikipedia
I love what this song stands for. True friends are hard to find and when you are able to develop this special bond, it should be valued and cherished. While romantic relationships may come and go, your friends are constants. You are there for each other in times of success and struggle, health and sickness, and joy and despair. I am extremely grateful for the friends I have in my life and wouldn’t trade them for the world. It is amazing that a song promoting love and positivity was able to raise so much money for a worthy cause. I also love that it reached the top of the charts because I believe you can never be reminded too often of the blessings in life that you may not recognize or acknowledge on a daily basis. I salute all of the artists involved with this record for delivering a powerful message using their wonderful vocal abilities.