Loving You-Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You” has always had a profound effect on me. First, there’s her astonishing voice, and her signature high notes. But what I always loved was the absolute simplicity of her performance, as well as the arrangement. Unlike almost every other song, there are no drums on the record. Just arpeggiated guitar chords, with the support of a Fender Rhodes piano tinkling in the background, a bass and occasional Chinese bells subtly ringing in the distance. I even love the slightly corny birds chirping in the background.

Ms. Riperton shows her true control of her talents by raising high notes with the same ease that she puts into the rest of the song. She didn’t feel the need to announce her extraordinary vocal talent. Her attitude seemed to be “if you appreciate it, great. It’s just part of who I am.” Which is, after all, the best way to be. The lyrics are simple, and to the point. They fit perfectly into Ms. Riperton’s soft, enticing melody. If asked to describe “Loving You” I’d say it was a lush, yet fragile love song. Ms. Riperton married music producer Richard Rudolf in 1972, staying married until her tragic death from cancer at the age of 31.
Fun Fact: Riperton and Rudolf had two daughters. One of whom is the brilliant comic actress Maya Rudolph.
Enjoy one of my all time favorite love songs. Give it serious consideration for your First Dance.

Lovin’ you is easy cause you’re beautiful
Makin’ love with you is all I wanna do
Lovin’ you is more than just a dream come true
And everything that I do is out of lovin’ you
La la la la la la la… do do do do do

No one else can make me feel the colors that you bring
Stay with me while we grow old and we will live each day in springtime

Cause lovin’ you has made my life so beautiful
And every day my life is filled with lovin’ you
Lovin’ you I see your soul come shinin’ through
And every time that we oooooh
I’m more in love with you
La la la la la la la… do do do do do


Tell me that doesn’t send warm chills up your spine.
Leave me a comment to let me know what you think, and if you have specific ideas, suggest other possible songs to be used during the three phases of a wedding.







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