Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You

I’m certain that there are not many love songs which I truly like. When I do, it’s not because the lyrics are "divine"; so "touching"; so "awwwww"; so "romantic(-ar)" and (bombastically unrealistic) "transports us to another world where their lives, their fears; their love stories and their hopes are not unlike our own". I’m more for melody rather than words. Yes, I’m the sort of individual unfazed by the sweetness and "awwwwwww" factor of any love song if the tune is not up to my liking. No words but deeds, remember? And who can forget the hallmark of the song which was Ms. Riperton’s excellent use of the whistle register.

If you care to listen to this example, it really makes me wonder why songs of today can’t really match up with those of the bygone eras. It’s not that I can’t bring myself to like the standards of today – it’s just that I can’t see the originality in it. Looking back, there must be some really serious talent they’ve got in those days.

Strangely, I’ve only really appreciated it in 2001 over local airwaves via the old Malaysian "Light & Easy" Channel (now "LiteFM") when I was really avidly gaming over "Baldur’s Gate 2" and its expansion set, "Throne of Bhaal"; although I could recall that I may heard it at length way before that time.

This particular song, sung by the late Minnie Riperton and released in 1975 has a tinge of pensiveness and pining which, while the lyrics are quite syrupy and has almost a level of sugar content too high for my liking, reveals to the listener that the protagonist is indeed in love with whoever and whatever the subject matter is. It seemed real whether or not it was alluding to any real life individual or animal or inanimate object or what not.

If I ever do pen a love song utilizing my meagre talent (and that’s a big "if"), it’ll be of this standard or nothing. The pensive mood, the hanging melancholy and the sweet longing encapsulates what love songs lack these days. By the way, I don’t really know what the birds’ chirping at the background trying to illustrate but I don’t think that it should bother anyone much. I’d go for the emphasis of melody rather than meaning of some songs as I believe that most lyricists can bullshit through their efforts just for the lure of the quick buck. I ask you -which is easier – the composer finding for the right musical notes to pen down or the lyricists just thinking of whatever deemed lovey-dovey and merely jotting them down? Geen woorden maar daden!

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Lyrics (credits: Minnie Riperton; Richard Rudolph)
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Lovin’ you;
It’s easy ‘cos you’re beautiful;
Making love with you is all I wanna do;
Lovin’ you;
Is more than just a dream come true;
And everything that I do is out of lovin’ you;

(La x5 [E],
La x5 [D], La x5 [C]; La [A]; [B]; [G]; [E]; [F]; [G])*

(Do x6)**
(Whistle register)***

No one else can make me feel the colors that you bring;
Stay with me while we grow old and we will live each day in the springtime;
‘Cos –
Lovin’ you;
Has made my life so beautiful;
And everyday of my life is filled with lovin’ you;
Lovin’ you;
I see your soul come shining thru;
And everytime that we (oohhh) I’m more in love with you

(*; **; ***)

No one else can make me feel the colors that you bring;
Stay with me while we grow old and we will live each day in the springtime;
‘Cos –
Lovin’ you;
Is easy ‘cos you’re beautiful;
And everyday of my life is filled with lovin’ you;
Lovin’ you;
I see your soul come shining thru;
And everytime that we (ooohh)^;
I’m more in love with you…

(You can "lalalala" as you please now!)

P/S – Yes, I’ve arranged the "la,la,la,la,la" phrase into piano-friendly form. I’ll try out the rest of the piece and release a simplified piano abridged reduction at a later date when time permits. You’d have to be really familiar with the melody and timing line first since I won’t put them up in musical bars form since that may have legal and copyright implications which I really detest getting entangled with. I also understand that the musical key used in the song may be different than what I’ve employed.

^ – "oohh" can mean many things but I take it that it’s really a teasing remark.

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