Johnny Mathis, You Light Up My Life (1978)
If it’s good enough for John Waters, it’s good enough for me. That should be my mantra or a motto – it’s neither, but I’ll see if I can get some funding and put it in place. I knew about Johnny Mathis growing up, but it wasn’t a big part of my life – not until I found out it was him singing the theme song to Family Ties because that’s a very special show in my lifetime, or it was growing up anyway. And then reading about Mathis in a book of Waters’ essays was the final thing that made me want to hunt out more of his music. When I did I realised I knew heaps of it – from the radio, without announcements, from movie soundtracks, from my grandparents’ records…well now I have a few of those, handed down, and so that’s where this came from. Not only this but a hits compilation too, another recent Vinyl Countdown entry. Unfortunately there are a couple of scratches on a couple of the key cuts here. But that pure voice still gets me, still gets through. I can’t listen to this all-day every day, but when is that ever the case with music? For the right times, when I find this, I’m reminded a lot of parts of my childhood; happy, familiar faces and places and spaces. And I think too of musical snobbery. And how it’s irrelevant when the ‘right’ music cuts through and finds you.
Sample Track: How Deep Is Your Love
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