Another one of those obscure Curt Boettcherr compositions from the late ’60’s. Although this is not of the usual psychedelic folk rock that characterized his early works, it must be said that the simplicity of Michele’s voice is in itself worth listening. With a somewhat melancholic beginning, the voice of Michele O’Malley progresses into a simple declaration of ballad purity. This track comes from Michele’s solo album Saturn Rings.
It’s Hard To Say Goodbye was the first collaboration with songwriting duo Roger Nichols and Paul Williams in the late 60’s. Originally performed by French singer-actress Claudine Longet, this track was included in her 1968 album Love is Blue. Claudine’s voice has a kind of whispery and ethereal feel to the song, unique to several French chanteuse of her time.
The song tells about a poignant farewell, simple in its rendition with its associated silence and regret. It’s a kind of goodbye that is spoken in feather-like tones and soft tears. A farewell that has no drawn-out arguments or tiresome resentments.In the making of this video, Teki used photos from Corbis. You can view the video in better quality at Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/29914577
Kenny Rankin had the voice and the guitar prowess that made him such an elegant and sophisticated singer, session musician and songwriter. His crossover jazz style interpretation of standards music brought a fresher perspective to some of the Beatles‘ songs as well as covers of artists such as Stephen Bishop, The Rascals and even Curtis Mayfield.
He was such an underrated singer but his contemporaries acknowledged his silent genius. His music exudes a kind of purity without the trappings of indulgent musical affectations. His music comes out fresh, unblemished from commercial pretensions – it then elevates to an art.