Candi Staton – I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young Man’s Fool). Horny song for Melania?
29 when she released this her first single, it’s got soul horns all over it. Starting with organ playing and settling into a steady beat, the horns blare out to add emphasis to her every line.
She’s got a strong voice, which reminds me of Aretha singing ‘Think’ or ‘Respect’. All over in 2 minutes, the 8 verses are all launched into with gusto and tailed with backing vocals and, of course, horns. There’s a neat little guitar solo somewhere around the 1 minute mark. But the best thing about the song is the singing. As well as tuneful and confident, there’s a stressing of words which is rhythmic and powerful, hitting the lyrics with the force of a professional tennis player striking the ball. The sound ricochets deep into the ear. The horns are like the clouds of chalk dust on the court floor, explosive ripples marking where the voice passed through. Even the pause before starting each verse adds to the anticipation – pulling the bow back to ready the arrow for its flight to the target.
If I was the old man targeted by Candi, I think I’d be mightily invigorated by her passion. Let those young men make fools of others, she’d have energy enough for the two of us.
Better conserve my energy now and get to bed. I’ve got two young daughters keeping me on my toes most days as it is.