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by Billy Vera

Blue eyed soul singer and Grammy winner Billy Vera, known for his 1987 #1 smash, “At This Moment,” with his band, Billy Vera & the Beaters, now offers a solo album of self-penned songs on TIMELESS, that are all in his unique mixture of R&B/Soul Jazz.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lonely Girl
4:31 album only
2. Fool Around You
4:26 album only
3. Don't Look Back
3:39 album only
4. Peeping Through the Blinds
2:59 album only
5. Cool out Baby
3:55 album only
6. Moonglows
3:08 album only
7. I Knew You When
4:55 album only
8. Loralai
3:02 album only
9. This Love of Mine
3:54 album only
10. A Simple Little Song
4:15 album only


Album Notes
Hey, what kinda music you call that?” If I’ve heard that once I’ve heard it a thousand times. My friend Michael Cuscuna always quotes the Ellington philosophy that there are only two kinds of music – good and bad. “Basically,” Duke said, “I think that’s a subjective simplification, but if you delineate music that comes from within and has real feeling from music manufactured to get a response, genres become unnecessary. In so many ways, Count Basie, Ray Charles, John Coltrane and Otis Redding come from the same place. Categories be damned.”

Saxophonist Lon Price calls my stuff “nuanced music.” By “nuanced,” I think he means he hears a certain eccentricity that distinguishes it from the norm.

I’ve always tried to stick something in there that makes you stop and turn your head. An extra beat, an A- at chord in the key of F, a retarded quarter note triplet, some “wrong” grammar or a surprise word or phrase. What T-Bone Walker called a “trickeration.” I once rhymed “I’d fight off half of Spain” with “I’d swim Lake Pontchartrain.” My songwriting mentor, Chip Taylor, taught me to “write songs you can hear people singing twenty years from now,” by which he meant timeless songs. Trendy will sound dated twenty minutes from now.

I’ve written two number one hits in my life. One breaks with convention by starting with the chorus, followed by the verse. Who says you can’t do that? My biggest, “At This Moment,” mixes idioms: a country pedal steel, a bass line lifted from James Brown and a lyric with no rhymes, so it sounds like people talk. Little people. Real people.

The songs on this album are for those little people, and big people too. And—I hope—some who’ll catch those
nuances twenty years from now. - Billy Vera



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