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Friday, 15 November 2013
"Private Life, but irresistible to not share..."
What a great day this has been. Yep, this has been one of my better
days and it was the weather, it was the events and it was the love I
humbly received from quite some people.
Something that has been
quite remarkable for me personally and which I am so happy to share
with all my music loving friends is the event in which I found an old
You can picture this quite figuratively since I have
never ever met Kelly Breznik in real life. Nevertheless my love for
Kelly was quite real. Not in the way you love your mother or schoolgirl
sweetheart but Kelly spoke to me in a way no-one ever did. She really
thoughed me with her voice and that love only grew. Kelly was a stunning
singer in the Van Halen team of producers shaped set of albums under
the name Private Life. Talking 1988 and 1990 here, Bon Jovi and all the
other 'poodle rockers' were the rave and I happened to be in the perfect
age and situation in my life to fall for many of the albums that came
out in those days.
Out of all the albums that I bought in
those years only a few survived the test of time. In the sense that some
I do have a giggle on when I accidentally play them, for good old times
reviving with friends for instance, but only a handful still have that
same effect on me as they did back in the day when I bought them and
played the grooves out of them.
Yep, those Private Life albums
are among those albums. And in particular because of the chills I got
and still get when I hear Kelly sing. Those albums are quite hard to
find these days so I even shared them on my website some years ago.
Making them sound a little more like the albums that come out these days
but not overdoing it.
I have always been wondering what ever
happened to the sweet Kelly (nowadays going by the name Kelly Macleod)
that was comforting me with her angel-like voice and helping making my
worries go away whenever I played those lovely, intense and yet gorgeous
catchy albums. I never could track Kelly back, until today. By chance
or perhaps not, I came across an outfit called The Sweet Potatoes and
there she was, the Kelly I have always loved for her sweet, sweet voice
that is like no other.
Kelly grew older of course through the
years and her hard rocking vocal duties from the Private Life years made
way for passionate Country Americana Gospel music that is again making
me feel special. Special in the way that I can enjoy the beauty of music
this way. Music from the heart, music for the heart. Have a listen and
see if you get it what I'm saying here...
Here's to Kelly and The Sweet Potatoes, come join in and be amazed of just how personal and up close music can be.
to Kelly, love to the spirit that gave me a piece of Kelly back. The
part of her that sings like an angel. That gave chills back in the late
eighties and now all over again.