“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
but put yourself in Jesus’ hands”
Those lyrics are some of my favorites from Bill Withers. He is my favorite singer (along with Sade) in music. That’s interesting since he hasn’t release any music since 1985. Wow!!
Lean on Me, Lovely Day, Grandma’s Hands, Use Me, Who Is He (And What Is He To You), and Ain’t No Sunshine are some of the many classics that Bill Withers provided to his fans in a short window of time.
His music is emotional, stirring, soothing, and refreshing. In today’s What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately culture, its so nice and incredible that we have a musician’s work that has and will continue to stand test of time.
I believe the key to Bill Withers’ music is his simplicity and ability to tell a story. He has songs of love won and lost(Lovely Day, Use Me, & Who Is He And What Is He To You), a parent’s love (I’m Her Daddy), the power and influence of a Grandma (Grandma’s Hands), and friendship (Lean on Me). Those subjects will always interest people from here to the end of time.
For anyone who is not familiar with his music, please download a few of his songs from iTunes or look him on Youtube and I will assure that you become a fan.