Category Archives: Music Reviews

Marion’s Favorites: Maysa Leak

I first heard Maysa Leak on my favorite band, Incognito’s 1993 album, Positivity.  The song called Deep Waters speaks about loving someone that she should stay away from but was being pulled deeper into his orbit.  There have been many songs throughout music covering that aspect of love.  However, Maysa’s voice glides over the music and sounds so relaxed and smooth that I instantly became a fan.

There is no histrionics or exaggerated singing with Maysa.  Her voice draws you in and makes you listen to what she is singing about.  Those are my favorite kinds of singers.  They can tell a story with the lyrics and take me on a journey throughout the course of the song.

Maysa Leak is known throughout the music industry for her long association with the aforementioned Incognito. However, she has recorded thirteen solo albums over the course of her three decades as a professional musician.  Of course, I will always first recommend the Incognito songs where is she featured as the lead vocal.  Pieces of a Dream, Come Away With Me, Will I Ever Learn, Fences & Barriers, When Tomorrow Brings You Down, and When Words Are Just Words from various Incognito albums to name a few.  Amongst her solo albums, I will recommend Friendly Pressure, Out of the Blue, Can We Change The World, Hypnotic Love and Motions of Love as well.

The music industry is fickle with the popularity of female singers.  However, when I listen to a true talent like Maysa Leak for about twenty-five years, then you have to wonder why she has not received more recognition.  I know those things are out of her control.  All she can do is continue to produce quality music and have her devoted fans speak or write about her talent.

Maysa Leak is on the short list of my favorite all-time singers that include Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Sting, Ibrahim Ferrer of the Buena Vista Social Club, Sade, Anita Baker, & Lalah Hathaway.  I hope more music lovers discover this incredible talent that has been creating excellent music for quite some time.

 

Marion’s Favorites: Brother Sister by The Brand New Heavies

As a music lover, I enjoy a variety of musical genres from old school R&B and Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban Music.  However, I was asked recently what is my favorite musical genre.  I told the person it is Acid Jazz. They immediately asked me what is Acid Jazz? Acid Jazz is a musical genre that… Continue Reading

Music Review 4: Incognito-Surreal

For those who known me personally know that Incognito has been one of the bands I have listened to consistently over the past 20 years. (Pat Metheny Group is the other band.) They are my favorite band and everytime I have played their music for someone, people have always been very receptive to their British… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorite Things II

I’ve been reading a lot of top 10 lists lately and I decided I want to do one of my own. My other major hobby besides reading and writing….is listening to music. So I was thinking of the Top 10 Songs that I have listened to the most of my life. Here we go: 1)… Continue Reading

Music Review 2: Bill Withers

“Your love its like a chunk of gold, hard to get and hard to hold” (The Same Love That Made Me Laugh) “Grandma’s hands soothed a local unwed mother Grandma’s hands used to ache and swell Grandma’s hands used to lift her face and tell her Baby, Grandma understands that you really love that man… Continue Reading

Music Review I:Sade

There has been no one like Sade on the pop music scene in the last 25 years. With hits like Smooth Operator, Your Love is King, The Sweetest Taboo, Love is Stronger than Pride, Paradise, No Ordinary Love, Cherish the Day,  By Your Side, and her most recent hit, Solider of Love, Sade has blazed… Continue Reading