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Lionel Richie on Kennedy Center Honors last night

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Roscoe East, Dec 28, 2011.


  1. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Anybody watch the Kennedy Center Honors on TV last night?

    Honorees included Barbara Cook, Sonny Rollins, Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, & Yo Yo Ma.

    During the Neil Diamond tribute, Lionel Richie came out and sang "I Am I Said"

    ...and I swear, his phrasing and performance had the weirdest combination of Really Loose and Really Uptight simultaneously! It's hard to describe; he seemed really stiff, almost nervously perfunctory, like a textbook read-thru that he hadn't had time to fully integrate and relax with...and yet at the same time, he was slipping & sliding around the beat with his phrases like a jazz expressionist.

    Or at least that's the way I heard it. Anyone else notice this, feel that something was a bit odd with his delivery?
     

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