Category Archives: Old School – New Tool

Tank — I Can’t Make You Love Me

I just heard this cover of the Bonnie Raitt song  this morning, and I thought I should share it with you. I never thought it possible that anyone but Bonnie could  sing “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” It is one of those titles that no one should ever even try to touch. To me it was another “My Girl” that simply couldn’t be made more immortal than it already was with David Ruffin’s voice — if you know what I mean.

So, here your old Raggedy by chance comes across the cover version by Tank. And my ears pricked up the second I heard this voice. I don’t know who’s on the electric piano, but it doesn’t sound as if it were Bruce Hornsby … The electric piano’s softer sound is the only thing I liked better in the original.

Of course, I listened to Bon Iver’s and Adele’s covers. They are not bad, and Bon Iver’s being the one I liked better — but the one that has the power to touch something inside me is this one:

By the way, the voice reminds me of Lemar’s …

New CD by L.J. Reynolds

Just to let you know: L. J. Reynolds — yes,¬†the L. J. Reynolds of the Dramatics has a very nice CD out. Go and take a listen here.

Old School – New Tool: Lemar — Let’s Stay Together

Lemar is one of the very few contemporary artists I actually do love. His voice has the velvety quality that makes love songs sound so authentic to me. Lemar Obika, that’s his full name, is a native of Great Britain, and his career was anything but smooth sailing. Just when he had closed his first record deal, “internal changes at the label” caused the contract to be cancelled.

Disappointed and disillusioned, Lemar returned to his learned trade as account manager. But some dreams just won’t die, and in 2002 the singer/songwriter participated in a talent show on TV. He finished on third place — and was once again on his way …

You’ll find Lemar’s cover version of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together on his 2003 album Dedicated.



I’m sorry, but I can’t post the song because it is SONY material.

This YouTube clip from a 2005 concert in Poland, however, showcases his talent even better than the studio version of Let’s Stay Together. The second song in the clip is If There’s Any Justice — another one of Lemar’s great songs.



I am so surprised about the lack of response to my ¬†posting this clip on FB. Tasha Taylor has delivered another great song showcasing her trademark talent to blend old school and new tools. The outcome is a piece that … Continue reading


My FB friend, Gua, posted this clip today, and I just love it. The two make a perfect pair for a duet. The music, although definitely post Old School era, blends beautifully with the voices that could be from way … Continue reading