DONNY HATHAWAY / “Someday We’ll All Be Free”

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5 Responses to “DONNY HATHAWAY / “Someday We’ll All Be Free””

Berry Says:
June 11th, 2006 at 5:26 am

Lord, Donny Hathaway’s music could touch one’s soul. And Lalah has such a beautiful voice. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

Stephanie Renee Says:
June 11th, 2006 at 8:37 am

Aside from the classic version, my best is on the Lalah/Take 6 rendition. Take 6 are my favorite vocal group ever, bar NONE, and Lalah’s appearance on the song fulfills far more than nostalgic requirements. Their version, to me, most clearly communicates the HOPE conveyed in the lyrics for a new generation of listeners. Some of the other versions plod along too much to feel uplifting in the end.

And Teena Marie is also one of my faves from my youth, but hearing her recent releases reminds me of a hilarious scene from the movie “High Fidelity” where Jack Black’s character asks John Cusack’s about whether the listening audience can (or should) forgive Stevie Wonder for some of his 80s musical transgressions because of the other classic material he’s created. Teena is traveling that same path.

evie Says:
June 11th, 2006 at 12:01 pm

i agree that donny’s version can’t be touched — he owns it. but i like both take 6’s and keb mo’s remakes. each in its own way does what it’s supposed to do: move the listener. (btw, that last photo of keb mo is simply gorgeous.)

i have to say, though, that listening to this song again and again this morning, with the sunday times’ crazy headlines still rattling in my mind, i’m feeling anything but optimistic. we seem to be farther away from the goal of donny’s anthem than ever — or, if we are closer, now moving away from it, rather than towards it. for strength, i’ll grasp those last few seconds of take 6 and lalah singing “hold on, hold on…”

Qawi Robinson Says:
June 12th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

Beautiful…and what is ironic is that the author and famed singer of this song committed suicide. That in itself suggests that even with the song and its optimism, it wasn’t enough or was it.

Now I know the readers of this site are ready to blast me for such an intro, but truth be told, that’s what makes Donnie’s version so inspiring. The fact that a man who was going through depression could produce something like this. It is haunting and reassuring to listen to his version and then to the Take 6/Lalah Hathway version back-to-back.

The others, while very creative don’t touch these two – even Keb Mo’. I was a little disappointed in the Raymond Myles’ version, because it starts up with so much promise…even with the choir. It is too Marvin Gaye/Teddy Pendergrass-esque instead of a song of Hope and Redemption.

Kiini Says:
June 16th, 2006 at 2:09 am

the keb mo version is refreshing, but too bouncy and too light for the depth of the lyrics. this is possibly b/c i am so accustomed to Donny’s intonations.

regina belle. too much. too much. the lyrics are too lost in all her vocalizing.

mtume, i definitely hear that raymond miles is laying down the meaning of the lyrics. it’s not all histrionics, he is communicating and i appreciate that…

an inconsequential story about the original. when i was a student at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts), Lula, our modern dance teacher, choreographed a dance to this song. we performed it at a school across the river, Walker perhaps. i remember the hand motions from the chorus and the boys in the orchestra pit. while we were on stage performing the boys in the orchestra pit were sitting right below the stage looking up at us. whenever we stretched or leaned back or lifted a leg, they’d say ‘oh, baby don’t do it like that’ or some other such foolishness… so we were trying to emote “someday we’ll all be free” without cracking up laughing.

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