Stream of consciousness or Where There’s a Will (part ten)

Will.  Such a little word.  So many definitions.  For my purposes, let’s pick this one…

  • used to express determination, insistence, persistence, or willfulness I have made up my mind to go and go I will (from the Merriam Webster dictionary [auxiliary verb meaning])

And that is the definition I will enlist for my stream today.

Now, if you feel the need to begin with a little disco vibe (to get you dancing, so to speak), you might want to start with a little Gloria Gaynor.  I’m going to go a little more subtle… the word “will” doesn’t even appear in The Grateful Dead‘s Touch of Grey but it’s lurking in the consciousness of those of us who know the song.

Well, now that we’ve survived, let us pose the question…Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

As much as this is a nod to The Shirelles (who made the song a #1 hit in 1960…the first for an African-American all-girl group), it is a tribute to the writing talents of Carole King.  Her version of the song is found on her second album Tapestry (1971), which remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide.

I suppose the next song is something of a response to that question.  From The Association‘s self-titled album, here is Yes I Will

 While the album (1969) was generally well-received by critics, it did not result in any major hits for the group.  It remains one of my personal favourites.

I have mentioned the song and the artist before but it’s hard to discuss the “will” theme without this contribution…

Although I Will is attributed to “Lennon/McCartney” on The Beatles‘ self-titled album in 1968, it is definitely an “all-Paul” effort both in studio and in this live performance.

Of course, I must at least mention Whitney Houston‘s take on certainty in her 1992 #1 hit, I Will Always Love You.  What some may not remember is that the song was written by Dolly Parton and was also a #1 hit for her in 1974.

First, the song (final selection for today).  Then the explanation…

The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power was written by an adolescent Andrae Crouch and exemplifies much of his subsequent legacy to contemporary gospel music.  The song, recorded on Crouch’s first album Take the Message Everywhere (1969, released 1970) has become a standard in churches around the world.  Here he is performing it live (in 1981) on The Mike Douglas Entertainment Hour. (Excuse the rolling credits at the end… but the performance justifies any irritation).

And, with that, I will conclude my stream of consciousness series.  BTW, we have again arrived at commencement of a new school year and, as tradition dictates, we went down to the lake to celebrate!

a windy start to the school year