The three covers on "Finally" are all songs that rocked my childhood in one way or another -- and like so many tunes that I came to adore as a kid, I could never seem to shake them. Gotta record them, instead.
This little masterwork is from the seminal 70's children's album "Free To Be You and Me," a genius song cycle and TV special that fairly defined an era for many kids of that time. It's proto-feminist message seems both incredibly quaint and somehow ahead of its time. Either way, the vinyl was a prescient gift from my mother, and I can't imagine how my sister and I could have weathered that time without it. Interesting that I'd later come to befriend two of the girls (sisters themselves) who were on the album when I met them years later in college -- and whose own mother was one of the album's producers.
On the original, When We Grow Up was sung indelibly by Diana Ross, whose own daughter Rhonda reports being similarly affected by the tune as a kid and with whom I'd later strike up a friendship when her mom and my dad were among the five Kennedy Center Honorees of 2008. And if you want to have your mind totally blown, then check out this video from the TV special, in which it's sung as a duet by two other musical giants, Roberta Flack and ersatz Diana Ross offspring Michael Jackson. Strap yourself in... www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSNwxeY09bE
On Finally, it's again a duet, sung with another amazing friend from college, a truly fabulous woman of the world, Melissa Haizlip.
released May 13, 2014
Melissa Haizlip - Vocals
Matt Clohesy - Bass
Tedd Firth - Keyboards
Julian Fleisher - Vocals and Guitar
Nick Mancini - Vibraphone
Christopher Michael - Drums and Percussion
Tom Murray - Flute
Pete Smith - Guitar