Friday, May 15, 2009

OSF: G.O.A.T. -G.O.A.T. Going in Circles

It's that time of the week again, Old School Friday, and I need it, I need it bad. This week's theme is G.O.A.T., greatest of all time. I've got Luther here, but as much as I love Luther, this G.O.A.T. for me is about the song. I have loved almost every version of the song "Going in Circles" that I've heard. So, I'm saying the song is the G.O.A.T..

I have the song on my MP3 player five times by five different singers/groups, including an instrumental version by Kirk Whalum.

My least favorite version is Isaac Hayes's version, probably because I really love the song and don't want anyone to veer away from its melody and rhythm too much.

I think Friends of Distinction did this song first, but I could be wrong. I liked their version first, and then the Gap Band's version, but Luther slays me. Here's is Kirk Whalum's instrumental version, another favorite.

This meme theme was hard for me this week because really, it's hard for me to make up my mind about the greatest of all time song.

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Marvalus said...

Ahh, so I see I get to return the favor and be first at your spot!

I so love Luther! I couldn't think of anyone else (other than Marvin Gaye) that I would pick as GOAT...

Love this song!

pjazzypar said...

Luther might very well win today. I love Kirk too! Happy OSF.

PPR_Scribe said...

I love studying different versions of the same song! This one is certainly a classic. It is almost otherwordly.

Funny about Isaac's version. I'll have to listen to it again to see if I agree. I usually liked what he did with orchestration of other people's songs, but I agree that he can stray quite a bit melodically.

Happy OSF!

Vérité Parlant said...

Thank you, Marva, the early bird.

PJazzypar, thank you too.

Just so people won't be confused, my GOAT is the song "Going in Circles" not the people performing.

I like Kirk Whalum but I do not think he's the greatest saxophone player of all time. I'd pick Grover Washington over Kirk or Charlie Parker.

Had to get that straight so my NOLA musicians will know I haven't lost my mind. :-)

Luther could be my GOAT for singer, depending on the mood I'm in, but again, this time, I'm focused on "Going in Circles." Another day I could say Al Jarreau or Patti LaBelle or Aretha.

Thank you for dropping by. Since I did the post on little sleep, I started thinking maybe my writing wasn't clear. It was a hard theme for someone who can't make up her mind. :-)

Pop Art Diva! said...

I needed this today too. Annoying clients, hot weather and a very low bottle of vodka turn me snarky so I messed with the theme a bit and had some serious fun at the very end.Happy OSF.

Revvy Rev said...

You are exactly right - its the song! I remember the original version because when it came out it spoke directly to my experience. I therefore vote for the original, but I love it. Nice touch!!

Hagar's Daughter said...

The lyrics are poetic. I know I can say that about many songs, but the metaphors paint such a vivid picture and I think that's why this song is so moving. Okay, and the artists that interpreted the lyrics had a little to do with it too - lol.

Enjoy your weekend.

Hope all is well in the Crescent City; I'm on my way in 2 days.

Villager said...

Happy OSF! I haven't heard this one in many moons, much less multiple versions! Well done l'il sista!

I invite your blog readers to see my selection as the Greatest of All Times. Can you say 'MJ'!

peace, Villager

Keith said...

Great, great, GREAT song. I gotta say I actually liked Isaac's version quite a bit, but Luther certainly did it no harm!
Happy OSF!

Tessil said...

I can never get too much of Luther. He's one of those artists whose songs other artists just shouldn't sing. There are a few singers who have done great renditions like those you mention, as well as Lalah Hathaway's "Forever, For Always, For Love. If you get the opportunity, please check out Sun Music's "Sound of the Sun" channel at I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

MelodiousZ said...

Ok, you got me with that one. I love this one! The first line had my hands in the air. You nailed it with this one.

msladydeborah said...

Good choice,

The Friends of Distinction was the first group to release this particular song. I still like that version too.

Regina said...

One of my favorite songs!! I have the Luther version and the Whalum version on my mp3. I heard Whalum do it live on a cruise ship about 7 years ago, an outstanding talent! I have heard every version of this song but Luther does it best!