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Saving All My Love for You

      In the wake of Whitney Houston’s recent death, my son Clint proposed doing Saving All My Love for You as a tribute and I readily agreed.  Apart from The Preacher’s Wife and a delightfully surprising moment back in the eighties when she sashayed past my piano clicking her fingers and flashing me a glamorous smile, I don’t have much connection to Whitney Houston, but I do like Saving All My Love for You.  One of her few songs that’s written in a standard tune style, it’s the only song of hers that I know to play.

        At a pre-grammy performance on the day of her death, Tony Bennett
dedicated a performance of Sinatra's "Music Never Ends" to Whitney, calling
her "the greatest singer I ever heard in my life." Indeed, it was her remarkable voice, once referred to as a Stradivarius in an early New York Post review - that propelled her to super-stardom on a body of largely forgettable pop material.  Saving All My Love for You, an exception, turned out to be the first of seven consecutive #1 hits, a streak that no singer dead or alive has yet to surpass.

    It is only through the magic of Youtube that Clint became a true fan, unearthing a wealth of early live performances that span gospel, jazz, Broadway, and pop, revealing the singer whose inimitable voice unfortunately and paradoxically inspired would-be imitators, spawning legions of overly melismatic princesses (and princes) to the general detriment pop singing.

    But don’t get me started!

    Apart from all of that though, it’s always fun to collaborate with Clint.  (He’s also sung other Weekly Tunes, namely Time After Time and Merry Christmas, Darling, which you can find in the Tune Archive.)  I am still beset with some technological problems, which prevent me from checking or adjusting levels etc. etc. so we had to kind of do this blindly and hope it worked out.  In addition to that challenge, it also came out monaural.  I hope we can later redo this.  Until then, though, we thought  we should get this out before it became an anniversary tribute. Click on the title in red to hear it.  The highly immoral lyrics are below.  R.I.P., Whitney….

Saving All My Love for You

A few stolen moments is all that we share,

You've got your family and they need you there.

Though I try to resist being laston your list

But no other man's gonna do,

So I'm saving all my love for you.

It's not very easy living all alone.

My friends try and tell me find a man of my own.

But each time I try I just break down and cry

'Cause I'd rather be home feelin' blue.

So I'm saving all my love for you.

Bridge:

You used to tell me we'd run away together;

Love gives you the right to be free.

You said: "Be patient, just wait a little longer,"

But that's just an old fantasy.

I've got to get ready, just a few minutes more.

Gonna get that old feeling when you walk through that door.

'Cause tonight is the night for feeling all right.

We'll be making love the whole night through.

So I'm saving all my love for you.

Coda:

No other woman is gonna love you more.

'Cause tonight is the night that I'm feeling all right,

We'll be making love the whole night through;

So I'm saving all my love for you.

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