It’s time to celebrate this blog’s birthday again. 7 years old today. I would have said “7 years young” except that in these days of the twittering classes, smartphones and the like the blog as an internet medium is beginning to feel a bit quaint. Are you detecting signs of a 7 year itch? Well I think the closest I’ve come to that is by starting another blog recently! No, at my age I’m beginning to feel a bit quaint too(!) so my blogs and I continue to be comfortable in their own skin.
As is tradition here I also raise a glass to another birthday today. Take the 7 and (very quietly) put a 0 behind and I believe that is how old Candi Staton is today.
Happy Birthday Candi!!
One of the very few gaps in my collection of Candi Staton records is, somewhat unusually, her “Young Hearts Run Free” album. I say unusual because the song itself is one of my favourites of her later output and holds good memories. I have the single of course, but never felt moved to buy the album back in ’76 and strangely, for it must have sold in very good numbers, I have never come across it second hand. A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of Candi’s single “Destiny”. This is a much too much of a “Young Hearts” clone to be truly enjoyable I think, but turn the single over and you can find a much stronger track in my opinion - “Summertime With You”, which was also lifted from the “Young Hearts” album. It was great to find a track from Candi that I was not familiar with. (It actually reminds me of something else too, but I can’t think what at the moment).
Candi in particularly sweet mode…
(I am only posting a youtube clip as a previous Candi themed entry was one of the few I received a takedown request on).