Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Like You Used To Do

Anita Baker. Does her name sound familiar to you?

She used to be a big R&B star way back in the 80's.

My high school girlfriend and I danced to one of her slow songs on prom night. I even made my ex a mixed tape of Anita’s songs.

Ah, mixed tapes. Those were the days.

Anita Baker was in town over the weekend and Raft3r decided to watch her concert. I didn’t even know she is still active in the music scene.

She performed in a small open arena. Tickets were a little expensive. The venue was almost jam packed.

Anita performed all her hit songs. But the voice is gone. Anita had trouble hitting the high notes and could barely muster to finish the set list with enough dignity. Still the crowd cheered her on.

It's sad to see a seasoned performer go downhill.

24 comments:

Ganns said...

Maybe she needs a wardrobe malfunction to be popular again.

Oh snap!

♥em♥ said...

that's sad.

i chat mo ako sa YM ha.

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Raft3r said...

ganns, Mang-asar pa talaga! Di ko dadalin CDs mo. Sige. Nyahaha

em, Yes. Yes. Chat tayo!!!

Sonnet's said...

I love her songs especially "When You Love Someone," a duet with James Ingram:)

Raft3r said...

sonnet's, I dunno that song. Hehe. Gusto ko yun I Apologize. Saka yun kanta nya with Chapter 8.

len said...

I like her song Sweet Love! :p

Raft3r said...

len, She has a lot of great songs!

yummy friend said...

ah, Sweet Love and Rapture are in my all-time favorites, promise!

she, as a performer, wasn't that timeless after all. pero her songs will always be, right?

Raft3r said...

yummy friend, May punto ka dyan. Kaso wawa naman yunb mga nagbayad para makita sya. Tapos ganon lang sya kumanta. Hehe

Paulette said...

wow i really like her... sayang naman if the voice is gone... :( sana naman alagaan nya sarili nya para tumagal pa sya as a performer...

Raft3r said...

paulette, My thoughts exactly. Kaso I think she's semi-retired. She rather spends time with her family than go on tour. Sabi nga yun sa leaflet ng Baltimore concert nya, "napilitan" lang sya kaya nga tinaggap. Hehe

Wendy said...

Di familiar sa kin ang songs nya. Di ko ata kapanahunan haha.

Raft3r said...

wendy, Nyahaha. Ganon na ba ako katanda? Hehe

hitokirihoshi_kawaii said...

hindi ako familiar kay anita baker pero sabi nina tonet siya ang original ng "sweet love" na kinda alam ko naman.

sad naman yun.. pero that's life may ups and lows...especially sa boses talagang mahirap i-maintain ang intensity niyan. pero alam mo si Pilita Corales, okay pa rin at kaya pang lumiyad. heheheh

Raft3r said...

hitokirihoshi_kawaii, Yeah. Tita Pelits rocks!

Big Eyed Gal said...

Haaay... Ganyan talaga ang life... So pag tagal pala eh papangit na din boses ko?! BWAHAHAHA!

Chat din tayo!

Aper said...

Dito sa 'pinas, parating si Petula Clark. Parampum.

Raft3r said...

big eyed gal, Tapos pag tumatanda din humihina na rin ang hilig sa pagbubusina habang nasa kalye. Hehe

aper, Stand comic. Please stand up. Hehe

pete said...

di ba trip mo sya noong high school?

Raft3r said...

pete, Oo. I was a fool in love. Nyahaha

Big Eyed Gal said...

Hahahaha! Oy medyo controlled na ang aking busina instinct... hahaha! Slight na lang at pag grabe eh they get the "finger" from me.

Raft3r said...

big eyed gal, Nyahaha. I'm so proud of you. Nag mature ka na. Hehe

Anonymous said...

hahaha mixed tape...i had a couple of those in highschool..mga about 2 years ago..hahahaha! sayang we missed anita...ig

Raft3r said...

ig, 2 years ago? Really!