Every time I hear this song it makes me smile. Steve Winwood is definitely a gifted musician and songwriter and has been for a very long time. I only wish he put Cds out more often. There never seems to be a rush on his end. My take is that he records and tours when it suits him. I saw a TV special a few years back and it showed that he basically lived the life of an English country gentleman surrounded by much beauty and peace. Good for him. It’s always nice when the good guys win. And, everything I hear and read is that he is a genuinely nice man quite unusual for someone who has been a star since he was 16.
What makes the song “Higher Love“ special is that it makes you want to dance and reflect at the same time. There is substance in both the music and lyrics. It reveals a sentiment we can all connect to at one time or another especially as we enter the mid point of our life. When this song came out there was alot of nonsense on the radio. Music was beginning to get formulaic and uninspired. The entertainment magnetic field started moving more and more towards the lowest common denominator in talent and promotion. It saddens me what younger people have to tap into on the artistic front these days. It is all so self-absorbed and narcissistic. Little of it will remembered in the not too distant future.
I’ve always felt that that Steve made this album to remind us all how it’s done, prove that music can still be beautiful and inspiring and to try and refocus a lost generation of what’s most important.
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