Sade, How Do We Sing About Love And Not Sex Again?

In my heart, she’s putting out more music for my father. I think Sade is the woman my mom didn’t mind him having musical affairs with. She’s gorgeous and then there’s her looks…

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The album was recorded in England and is to be released Feb. 8.

Bio:

Helen Folsade Adu
BORN: January 16, 1959, ADO-EKITI, Nigeria

Lovers Rock is the first collection of new work by Sade in eight years. But it’s a record that says less about those years gone by than the promise and vitality of the here and now. It’s an album that’s by turns moving, elegiac and beautiful. Like the tender, acoustic guitar-driven first single, ‘By Your Side’, a song about the tensile strength of love, it is music stripped back to its essential elements: voice, melody, and meticulously arranged instrumentation. The result is a record of bare, sometimes startlingly, immediacy.

But then Helen Folasade Adu is a woman who has never had anything to hide. Born in Ibadan, Nigeria and raised in Colchester, Essex, where she moved at 4 after her English mother separated from her Nigerian father, she’s spent her life trying to do what feels right, honest and true. Because by comparison nothing else has seemed as important. When she was growing up, Sade would listen to soul artists like Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye. Singers uniquely attuned to the complex sensibilities of heartache and hope, who were skilled enough to create from those feelings, something lasting and transcendent. Still she didn’t think about singing herself.

Rather, she studied fashion at St Martin’s art college, only signing on as vocalist when a couple of old school friends started a band “until they found a proper singer”. From there to singing with early Eighties Latin funk collective Pride, she discovered a rare delight in songwriting. It was while she was with that group, Sade co-wrote ‘Smooth Operator’ with Ray St. John, and it was from there that Sade abandoned diffidence and finally stepped centre stage to form her own group with fellow Pride members Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Spencer Denman.

For more historical information on Sade, please visit Sade.com

There’s something about a man playing Sade while you two go to sleep… Either he thinks of Sade, he thinks I want to think I’m Sade, or he wants her to see us together. Whichever one it is, she such a jazzy woman, it’s all good.

Here’s my favorite Sade song:

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Words and Music: Adu and Ditcham

If I tell you
If I tell you now
Will you keep on
Will you keep on loving me
If I tell you
If I tell you how I feel
Will you keep bringing out the best in me

You give me, you give me the sweetest taboo
You give me, you’re giving me the sweetest taboo
Too good for me

There’s a quiet storm
and it never felt like this before
There’s a quiet storm
that is you
There’s a quiet storm
and it never felt this hot before
Giving me something that’s taboo
(Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me)

You give me the sweetest taboo
That’s why I’m in love in with you (with you)
You give me the sweetest taboo
too good for me
(Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me)

I’d do anything for you, I’d stand out in the rain
Anything you want me to do, don’t let it slip away
There’s a quiet storm
and it never felt like this before
There’s a quiet storm
I think it’s you
There’s a quiet storm
and i never felt this hot before
Giving me something that’s taboo

You give me the (you give me, you give me the) sweetest taboo
That’s why i’m in love with you (with you)
You give me, keep giving me the sweetest taboo
Too good for me

You’ve got the biggest heart
Sometimes i think you’re just too good for me
Every day is christmas, and every night is new year’s eve
Will you keep on loving me
Will you keep on, will you keep on
Bringing out the best in me

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