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Jennifer Rush and the Power Of Love
Some popular songs resonate with a wide audience and are often copied over decades. I have arranged and recorded several of these songs. The Power of Love made it my list of special songs. There are a small number of songs which appeal to me as hymns, anthems, big songs, the equivalent to Beethoven’s heroic rendition of Schiller’s poem, The Ode to Joy in the ninth symphony. These big songs are often about love of the highest calling.
Jennifer Rush recorded the Power Of Love in 1985 and it became popular worldwide, making the Guinness Book of Records as the best selling single by a female solo artist in the history of the British music industry. That record was broken by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" in 1992. Laura Branigan’s version made it to the U.S. Top 40 in 1987. Celine Dion made another hit version in 1994.
The P2500 Band recorded a Stephen Gislason arrangement and performance of the Power of Love in 2008, revised in 2015
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Jennifer Rush Lyrics
The lyrics express the euphoria of falling in love, the reprieve “when the world outside's too much to take, that all ends when I'm with you.” The chorus is a promise that every normal man wants to hear from the woman he loves:” 'Cause I am your lady…” The promise of complete devotion seems realistic when you are falling in love, but fades or disappears over time. The promise suggests the biblical Ruth’s promise: “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people. "
This promise has been made in a thousand ways, probably for thousands of years. Of, course every woman wants a man who makes a similar commitment, but men are notoriously fickle. Nietzsche stated that only superior men and women have the right to promise. Most promises are made to be broken, so that superior knowledge, understanding and discipline are required to maintain commitments over time. Here are the lyrics:
The whispers in the morning
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