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Probably one of the mushiest song ever, “Right Here Waiting” created a phenomenon worldwide. It won the hearts of millions all over the globe. Richard Marx has used his dreamy voice, coupled with (What I claim is) the best piano rift ever, and teary eyed lyrics and blended everything together to create the ultimate drug for romantics. For those who think it’s a pop song; think again. The genre of the song is actually ‘Soft Rock’ (Falls in the same class of “Jealous Guy” or “Bohemian Rhapsody“). Well, it’s placed at Number 2 on my ‘Top 10 mushiest Love Songs of all time’ list, and I’ll be reviewing this song today. Cheers to all the romantics who longed for this song! Let’s get started!

Richard Marx (Artist)

Richard Marx (Artist)

History: “Right Here Waiting” is actually a ballad composed and sung by Richard Marx, for his second album titled “Repeat Offender” (1989). The song went on, not only to break millions of hearts, but also records all over the world. It peaked at the Number 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and at Number 2 on the U.K. charts. For the complete chart performance, click here. For more peak positions, click here. It was certified Gold by Canada, Silver by U.K., and Platinum by U.S. The music video was censored and considered a bit too ‘steamy’ for the public, because it featured a 42 second “softcore” sex scene. There is just one version of the song, viz. The Studio Version; having a duration of 4 Minutes 24 Seconds. [Source: Wikipedia]

What it tries to convey to us: Richard Marx actually dedicated “Right Here Waiting” for his wife, Cynthia Rhodes, when she was acting in South Africa. For us people, it’s about a loving couple who, unfortunately, break up; and the man tells her, “No matter whom you love in the future, remember this – I’ll always be there for you.” True love, isn’t it?

Review: The theme of the song is really soft – the bass, the vocals, even the piano and the acoustic guitar. The song starts off with a synthesizer rift (bass of the song). The Oh-SO-BEAUTIFUL piano rift (Courtesy Vanston) starts at 00:17, and it REALLY is magnificent. I always feel like crying (Out of joy, or sadness – who knows?). Richard Marx starts off with the vocals at 00:45. You can clearly see how beautifully he has modulated his pitch and tone, for accentuating the song. You can actually feel what he is trying to convey (For example – his “Oh can’t you see it Baby, You’ve got me going crazy”). He starts off with the first chorus at 01:17, and after a brief 6 second gap, starts off with the second stanza. The thing that keeps all of us hooked to this song is definitely it’s chorus, because.. Let’s just face it.. It’s stupendous! Richard Marx has cleverly added more number of choruses in the song, to keep the feel ‘alive’. Saying thus, the second chorus begins already at 02:16. The song may seem slow in tune and rhythm, but it’s really fast paced in terms of tempo. The song suddenly shifts all of it’s momentum and starts off with a completely different tune from 02:37, with Marx increasing the pitch by a notch. And then comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for – That epic guitar rift (Courtesy Bruce Gaitsch). Don’t get confused here: It’s not an electric lead, or any type of shredding that I’m talking about here; it’s an acoustic guitar rift. And yet, it’s just so beautiful. The simplicity of the song is the factor which completely won me. The rifts are extremely easy to perform (I learned the guitar 2 years ago, and this was the second rift I could ever play). It’s soft, subtle, and perfectly suits the song mood. Marx takes over again at 03:21, with starts with the chorus at 03:32. He makes sure to maintain the ‘edge’ in his voice till the very end. The vocals end at 03:52, and the song proceeds into ending mode with a dual of the acoustic guitar and the piano rift, and the ends at 04:24.

Rating: A flat out 10/10 for this one! Awesome vocals, soft melody, even better guitar and piano rift – all bundled in one! A must listen to!!

Lyrics link for “Right Here Waiting”http://artists.letssingit.com/richard-marx-lyrics-right-here-waiting-hrnnzh2

Download link for “Right Here Waiting”http://media.kickstatic.com/kickapps/images/67853/audios/601417.mp3

 

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“Right Here Waiting” is a song from Richard Marx’s album “Repeat Offender”

 

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Whom do I go to when I want to listen to mesmerizing vocals, beats and lyrics? No one else except Roland Kent Lavoie, better known by his stage name viz. Lobo comes to my mind. In my observation over the past few years, I have noticed that a very handful of my friends knew who Lobo was. I was a bit disappointed, acknowledging that a man like Lobo, who had a voice to die for, was quite unheard of. The lyrics of his songs are out of this world, the rhythm and beats are soft and subtle (Don’t except too much bass in these songs). Among many of his hits such as “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo“, “Goodbye Is Just Another Word”, “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend“, my personal favorite is “I’d Love You To Want Me“, which I’ll be reviewing today. So lets get to it.

History: “I’d Love You To Want Me” is a song from Lobo’s 1972 album “Of A Simple Man”. It was release as a single in the fall of 1972. The song peaked at the Number two position on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for two weeks. It was denied the top position by Johnny Nash‘s hit song, “I Can See Clearly Now“. Not surprisingly, it didn’t perform too well when released in the UK. Fortunately, Lobo re-released the song again in 1974 and it hit bull’s-eye this time, skyrocketing the song to a  commendable Number 4 position. It also topped in Austria, Germany and Canada. There is only one version of this song viz. the 4 Minute 4 Second Album Version. [Source : Wikipedia]


Review: Lobo starts with the vocals and the acoustic guitar from the start itself. The acoustic guitar is a superb touch to the song. Don’t expect anything fancy here. The song is simple, but extremely charismatic. You’ll fall for it as soon as the song starts, because of the sheer brilliance of Lobo’s vocals. If not, then the beats and the rhythm surely will.The beats merge into the song at 00:30, and stay soft and subtle till the very end. Another extremely alluring part of this song is it’s chorus (The first one starts at 00:53). The acoustic guitar and the beats merge very nicely. The lyrics of the song are totally mesmerizing. The song is VERY infectious, and has it’s own aura, spreading love and happiness all around. The second chorus starts at 01:43, and it sounds even better than the previous one, simply because of the fact that there are some extremely soft “Oooh’s” and “Aaah’s” added to it. The vocals and the tune of the song keep you hooked until the end. The instrumentals begin at 03:34, signalling the end of the song. It slowly fades OUT of your ears, but gradually fades INTO your heart. Believe me guys, this is one song you DON’T want to miss!

Rating: 10/10. Nothing more to add. Listen to the song and enjoy! I’m sure you’ll love it! Die hard romantics, BEWARE. You’ll find yourself getting a little TOO lost in the song!

Lyrics for “I’d Love You To Want Me” : http://artists.letssingit.com/lobo-lyrics-id-love-you-to-want-me-lnxvss6

Download link for “I’d Love You To Want Me” : http://beemp3.com/download.php?file=10083526&song=I%27d+Love+You+To+Want+Me

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“I’d Love You To Want Me” is a song from the album “Of A Simple Man”