Through The Fire-Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan’s voice is one of the great artistic treasures in the world of pop music. Right up there in the pantheon with artists like “The Queen”,  Aretha Franklin.  She has the astonishing ability to harness her powerful voice until just the right dramatic moment, and then she lets it go. Get ready. “Through The Fire” is a truly great song. It’s on Chaka’s album“I Feel For You.” and holds its own against that iconic title track.
“Through The Fire” gives Chaka a chance to show off her softer side, and succeeds regally. This is a wonderful, and unexpected,  choice for a first dance. I only got the chance to use it once, It was for an amazing young couple whom I got to knew well.  In addition to playing for their wedding, the couple was regular annual attendees at the Fall Fresh Air Fund Gala held at the Armory on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The space held well over a thousand guests, and we would always have hundreds of people up dancing. Every year, either I’d spot them, or they would come say hello, and the band knew that we’d be playing “Through The Fire” the first time there was a chance to squeeze in a ballad. It’s really one of the “greatest” first dances.

Check out these lyrics:
I look in your eyes and I can see we’ve loved so dangerously
You’re not trusting your heart to anyone
You tell me you’re gonna play it smart
We’re through before we start
But I believe that we’ve only just begun

When it’s this good, there’s no saying no
I want you so, I’m ready to go
Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall
For a chance to be with you, I’d gladly risk it all
Through the fire, through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you I’d take it all the way
Right down to the wire, even through the fire

I know you’re afraid of what you feel, you still need time to heal
And I can help if you’ll only let me try
You touched me and something in me knew,what I could have with you
Now I’m not ready to kiss that dream goodbye
When it’s this sweet, there’s no saying no
I need you so, I’m ready to go

Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall
For a chance to be with you I’d gladly risk it all
Through the fire, through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you I’d take it all the way
Right down to the wire, even through the fire

I can’t suggest a better First Dance song than living-legend Chaka Khan’s incredible power-ballad “Through The Fire.”
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

 

 

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