The INSPIRATIONAL CORNER is designed to be an article in every edition of NO SKIPS NO SCRATCHES that just makes you feel good.  We are INSPIRED in many ways… a good sermon on Sunday, someone else’s outstanding effort… by a simple good deed.  Sure, even a song that puts you in a depressive, contemplative mood may be absolutely INSPIRING to me.  So I know everybody won’t agree with all my musical selections as INSPIRING but I hope most of you can draw from the same energy well that motivates moi.  Billy Paul is the artist of choice for this INSPIRATIONAL CORNER article, chosen for his positive and uniquely heartwarming artistry.

Elton John’s, “This Song,” is entirely INSPIRING to me no matter who sings it; the song is just that well written and tells such a beautiful story.  In walks Mr. Billy Paul who can’t be restricted exclusively to the JAZZ corral.  Billy can sing anything and handled R&B and POP with dexterity equal to what he did with the JAZZ genre.  Why is this song INSPIRATIONAL?  Well, just listen to the lyric:

 “If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much, but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song, and this one’s for you
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple, but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world”


The lyric was written in plain language as a conversation.  In my estimation, it’s one of the most romantic songs ever written.  The music is so uplifting it just soars effortlessly.  Love is a key component to happiness and that’s INSPIRING to me.  And Billy Paul’s awesome interpretation of “This Song” is mesmerizing.

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Jimmy Webb really wrote some powerful and poetic songs like “Witchita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “MacArthur Park.”  Well, he’s also the author of a song Billy Paul recorded and released in 1971.  This song is INSPIRATIONAL to me because it’s full of great advice on how to turn one’s life around and head it in the right direction.  When you’re feeling things are going sour and you can’t get to “point B” to save your life, put this JAM on feel better.  It’s a gentle kick in the pants to stop the madness, pick yourself up… stop throwing your life away… and be prosperous.  The song is specifically about a guy being cheated on… he’s busting his lover about her running around but still acclaims his undying love.  Six years after Billy, Norman Connors unleashed Eleanor Mills to lead the vocals for his ’77 release of this incredible song; their version is a classic, too.  But this soulful interpretation could only be rendered in such an ultra sensitive way by the great Billy Paul.  Check him out on, “This Is Your Life” and be INSPIRED in the INSPIRATIONAL CORNER.

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