♫ That’s What Friends Are For ♫

Over the past several months I have seen terrible things happen in this country.  Friend is pitted against friend, brother against sister, and even mother against son.  The “United” States is no longer.  We have become a nation that seems to thrive on violence, on hate, on … fear.  And so it was that when I was thinking earlier this evening of a song for my music post tonight, this one did not pop into my head, but rather flew with force into my consciousness and … BINGO … I knew what I would play tonight.  I last played this just over a year-and-a-half ago, but with each passing week it seems even more relevant.  That’s what friends are for … not for hating, not for killing, but … for being “by your side forever more”.  Today, how many of our friends have left our side because they didn’t agree with our political ideologies?  😢  Anyway, I thought this was an appropriate selection as we start out another week of … chaos or whatever comes next.  Keep smiling, my friends.


February 2019 …

As I was rolling cigarettes tonight, a name came to me:  Dionne Warwick.  A sometimes-overlooked talent, a beautiful lady with a beautiful voice.  So, I decided tonight would be a song from Dionne Warwick, and after I finished rolling smokes, finished my Jolly Monday post, and folded a load of laundry, I sat down to decide which song it would be.  I picked this one to listen to first, and at the 0:33 point, I felt tears welling behind my eyes.  I have no idea why, but I knew then that I had my song.

This version is the 1985 cover version by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder. This recording, billed as being by “Dionne & Friends”, was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention. It was a massive hit, becoming the number-one single of 1986 in the United States, and winning the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year. It raised over $3 million for its cause.

The song was originally written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager for the 1982 movie Night Shift, where it was recorded by Rod Stewart and played over the closing credits.

Hit the full screen button, turn the volume up, and just … enjoy … feel the love …

That’s What Friends Are For
Dionne Warwick

And I never thought I’d feel this way
And as far as I’m concerned
I’m glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe, I love you

And if I should ever go away
Well, then close your eyes and try
To feel the way we do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Well, you came in loving me
And now there’s so much more I see
And so by the way
I thank you

Oh and then for the times when we’re apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
The words are coming from my heart
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling and keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
In good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
Cause I tell you, that’s what friends are for
Whoa, good times and the bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Songwriters: Burt F Bacharach / Carole Bayer Sager
That’s What Friends Are For lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

16 thoughts on “♫ That’s What Friends Are For ♫

    • I’m very glad you liked it … I thought you would. I must admit that I’ve listened to it about 4 times today and even caught myself singing it earlier. Fortunately the only ones here to hear were the moggies.
      Cwtch

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  1. What a fractured world. Can it be mended? ~Sending hugs~
    I loved Gladys Knight in this clip. She seemed to be so excited about being there, with a big smile, and then out came that wonderful, powerful voice.

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    • That, my friend, is the $64 million question. Yes, it can be mended, but … I think it will not happen quickly, likely not in our lifetimes. And, perhaps it won’t be mended before humans bring about their own extinction by ignoring the warning signs, shunning the science of climate change. Sigh.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the music! Yes, she did seem so enthused … she simply radiated energy!

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  2. I must add this in response to your introduction about broken friendships. In Gloria Naylor’s 1982 memorable debut novel “The Women of Brewster Place” there are some words by one of the characters that seem extraordinarily prescient given the present divisive times. “Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” This song is a much preferred view of friendship and well worth revisiting…often! Thank-you, dear friend!

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    • Sadly, that quote is apt. There comes a time, a point in some friendships or even familial relationships, that a parting of the ways is inevitable. I’ve had that with both family members and old friends over the past 4 years. I finally concluded it required more energy than I have to maintain such contentious relationships and I said, “Bye bye”, though not without regrets. Love you, my friend!

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  3. Yes, this has fragmented friendships. It began before this. A critical point was reached with hanging chads in Florida. 9/11 was a catalyst as questions arose about what the POTUS knew/when. Then the marketing campaign to start wars fired up, ‘shock and awe’ arrived, and bailouts and the Tea Party began. Obama was elected, the GOP officially became the Obstructionist Hypocrisy Party. It’s been snowballing until the avalanche that is QAnon and the Trump presidency crashed down on us. And that was the strike that fractured the tense detente between left and right until that point. UTP, I believed that they adhered to facts and principles on the right, as we tried to do the same on the spectrum’s left side. But with Trump, all kinds of duplicity, hypocrisy, and privilege was revealed. And yes, relationships and friendships were curtailed.

    I know, harping to the preacher, aren’t I? Yes, I know. Lovely song, though. Cheers

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    • You are right, of course … rarely is there a single cause when things go to hell as they have in this nation. I think 9/11 played a role, our war in Iraq played one, but I think the biggest cause of the populist movement that ushered Trump into office was a two-term Black president. Racism reared its ugly head, though few will admit that is what they hated about Obama. And now, here we are, with a 5-star idiot who is applauded by 40% of the adults in this nation. Sigh. Yes, the song is lovely … I think I’ll go listen to it again, in fact! Cheers!

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