LIVIN' IN AMERICA  

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LIVIN' IN AMERICA



Yesterday I spent part of my day helping other business associates in the community loading trailers with everything that the Hurricane Harvey People are going to need. In fact there were places all over town. One local man bought a trailer load full because all his family are down there so his boss loaned him a trailer to take them supplies. Known that people are helping out here in my community I know that all across the United States people in every city, town and community are doing the same thing. I was so glad that my friend call me to help out. To me that’s what LIVIN IN AMERICA is all about. God bless all the people that are victims of Hurricane Harvey. With this I’m profiling Donna Summer’s song Livin In America. GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES!

There are so many mixed reviews about the self titled album by the First Lady Of Love. Being a Donna Summer fan with her complete collection. In her previous albums she would show her talent with different genres of music. This is for sure Quincy Jones production. It’s her same stuff, with that Quincy Jones sound. If you’re a Quincy Jones fan you’ll love this. I personally never care what the professional critics say I love to do my own as I hope each and everyone of you do. In the personnel section there are some of the biggest performers at that time on this album.

Donna Summer is the tenth studio album of American singer Donna Summer, released in 1982. It featured the Top 10, Grammy-nominated "Love Is in Control Finger on the Trigger single.

BACKSTORY

Having left Casablanca Records, with whom she had had some of the biggest selling and most popular hits of the disco era in the 1970s, Summer had signed to Geffen Records in 1980 and had continued working with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, with whom she had written the vast majority of her hits. However, label owner David Geffen had been disappointed with the chart performance of The Wanderer, Summer's debut album for Geffen and rather than release the followup; I'm a Rainbow which Summer had recorded with Moroder/Bellotte, Geffen had Summer record a new album with Quincy Jones from whom a production credit - given Jones track record particularly his work with Michael Jackson - Geffen felt would guarantee a commercial smash. The resultant Donna Summer album was the first time the singer had worked with a producer other than Moroder and Bellotte since 1974 save for the one-off track Down Deep Inside Theme from "The Deep which was produced by John Barry for the film The Deep, and the No More Tears Enough is Enough duet with Streisand which was co-produced by Gary Klein of The Entertainment Company.

THE ALBUM

Since the disco era, Summer's work had covered a variety of musical genres and this album was no exception. It had quite a strong soul influence, and featured a couple of gospel-styled tracks, namely If It Hurts Just a Little and a version of Jon and Vangelis State of Independence, which featured an all-star choir. Rock music was also found in the form of the Bruce Springsteen-penned "Protection"; the track had been planned as a Donna Summer/Bruce Springsteen duet but that concept was abandoned as unworkable. The album concluded with Summer's take on the Billy Strayhorn torch standard "Lush Life". The song "Mystery of Love" used the opening material from Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor for the keyboard part in the introduction and verse.
Several very popular songwriters were used on this album. As well as the aforementioned Springsteen, Vangelis and Anderson, Quincy Jones himself contributed to the writing, as did other names such as Rod Temperton, Merria Ross, John Lang, Richard Page, Bill Meyers, Michael Clark, John Bettis, David Foster, Steve Lukather, Michael Sembello, Dan Sembello and David Batteau. This made it the largest number of songwriters ever to contribute to a Donna Summer album.
A period of six months elapsed between the first session for the Donna Summer album and the completion of the tracks. Summer has since stated that this was one of the hardest albums ever to record - some of the songs were quite challenging, plus she was pregnant with her daughter Amanda Grace at the time. It has also been reported that she found producer Quincy Jones to be rather boisterous and controlling and soon after the album's release she opened up to the Los Angeles Times: Sometimes I feel it's a Quincy Jones album that I sang on.

IMPACT

The Donna Summer album was released 19 July 1982 with the advance single Love Is in Control Finger on the Trigger having been issued six weeks previous. Love Is in Control would peak at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1982 when the Donna Summer album would reach #20 in Billboard; the album's subsequent single releases: State of Independence and The Woman in Me which respectively peaked on the Hot 100 at #41 and #33, failed to increase the album's chart impact.
Ultimately the Donna Summer album would fall short of its goal to restore its singer to the level of stardom she'd enjoyed in the 1970s: Love Is in Control would have the lowest Hot 100 peak of a lead single from an album of new material by Donna Summer since 1977 and the #20 peak of the Donna Summer album evidenced a further drop in popularity from the singer's debut album of the 1980s: The Wanderer, whose #13 peak had disappointed David Geffen to the point where he'd suppressed the follow-up album Summer had prepared with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte instigating the Quincy Jones-produced Donna Summer album project see I'm a Rainbow.
"Love Is in Control..." did represent a considerable comeback for Summer on the R&B charts with a #4 peak affording the singer her fifth Top 5 R&B hit. Summer also reached the UK Top 20 with both Love Is in Control and State of Independence with these tracks both reaching the Top Ten in the Netherlands - at respectively #6 and #1 - where The Woman in Me reached #7.
The aforementioned advance single "Love is In Control..." featured a non-album track on its B-side: "Sometimes Like Butterflies", a song that Summer penned with Bruce Roberts. This song would later be covered by Dusty Springfield, and Summer's original version was included on the CD, A Different Love by Canadian singer, Mark Tara, as a benefit for CANFAR Canadians For AIDS Research. Quincy Jones is credited as producer for this song as well, although the minimalistic approach to this song was very different from the tracks included on the Donna Summer album.
French electronic duo Cassius sampled If It Hurts Just a Little on their 1999 single Cassius 99 Remix.

TRACK LISTING

Side one
No.
Title
Writer(s)
Length
1.
Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)
Quincy Jones, Merria Ross, Rod Temperton
4:18
2.
Mystery of Love
John Lang, Bill Meyers, Richard Page
4:25
3.
The Woman in Me
John Bettis, Michael Clark
3:55
4.
State of Independence
Jon Anderson, Vangelis
5:50

Side two
No.
Title
Writers
Length
5.
Livin' in America
David Foster, Jones, Steve Lukather, Donna Summer, Temperton
4:41
6.
Protection
Bruce Springsteen
3:35
7.
If It Hurts Just a Little
David Batteau, Dan Sembello, Michael Sembello
3:52
8.
Love Is Just a Breath Away
Foster, Summer, Temperton
3:55
9.
Lush Life
Billy Strayhorn
6:26

PERSONNEL

David Alexander – photography
Bill Barnum – supervisor
H.B. Barnum – director
Dara Lynn Bernard – chorus
Roy Bittan – piano
Michael Boddicker – programming, vocoder, vocoder programming, polymoog
Larry Bunker – drums
Bill Champlin – background vocals
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler – drums
Dennis Cosby – conductor
Steve Crimmel – assistant engineer
**Christopher Cross – chorus
Patrick Gene Crotty, Jr. – chorus
Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
Michael Davis – chorus
Don Dorsey – programming, synclavier, synclavier programming
Matt Forger – assistant engineer, technical director
David Foster – synthesizer, arranger, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer arrangements
Steve George – background vocals
Gary Grant – horn
Debbie Green – chorus
Dave Grusin – synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer arrangements
Howard Hewett – background vocals
Jerry Hey – horn
**James Ingram – background vocals, chorus, vocal arrangement, rhythm arrangements
Phillip Ingram – background vocals
*Michael Jackson – chorus
Louis Johnson – bass
**Quincy Jones – synthesizer, programming, chorus, producer, vocal arrangement, rhythm arrangements
Jeff Lancaster – art direction, design
*Peggy Lipton Jones – chorus
**Kenny Loggins – chorus
Steve Lukather – guitar
Johnny Mandel – string arrangements
Harvey Mason, Sr. – drums, drum arrangements
Heather Mason – chorus
Greg Mathieson – programming
**Michael McDonald – chorus
Bill Meyers – synthesizer, rhythm arrangements
Michael Omartian – string arrangements
Richard Page – background vocals, vocal arrangement
David Paich – synthesizer, piano, keyboards, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer arrangements
Ken Perry – mastering
**Greg Phillinganes – synthesizer, chorus, synclavier, synthesizer bass, rhythm arrangements, portasound
Jeff Porcaro – drums
Steve Porcaro – drums, programming, producer
Bill Reichenbach Jr. – horn
John "J.R." Robinson – drums
**Brenda Russell – chorus
Cruz Baca Sembello – background vocals
**Michael Sembello – guitar, background vocals, vocal arrangement, rhythm arrangements
Guy Spells – conductor
**Bruce Springsteen – guitar, chorus
Donna Summer – vocals, background vocals, chorus
Bruce Swedien – engineer, mixing
Rod Temperton – vocal arrangement, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer arrangements
John VanNest – assistant engineer
Larraine Walton – chorus
**Dionne Warwick – chorus
**Ernie Watts – alto & baritone saxophone
Chris Whorf – art direction, design
**Stevie Wonder – chorus
Faith D. Wong – chorus

Livin' In America

Straight outta school but still just a fool
Thought the streets were paved with gold
He moved off the block and
Found he was lost
In a world he'd never known
He had to hustle so he could pay the rent
Played all the aces and wound up president
You see it's okay
Got to find your own way
Keep on trying all day
And you know your time will come
You'll get your chance to run

You're livin' in America
You're livin' in the home of the dream
You're livin' in America
Just make it what you want it to be

Soap opera child with hope in her eyes
Lookin' for a starrin' role
She came into town and acted the clown
Had a long, long way to go
Waitin' on tables and pumpin' gasoline
She served and agent,
Now she's a movie queen
You see it's okay
Got to find your own way
Keep on tryin' all day
And you know the time will come
For each and everyone

You're livin' in America
You're livin' in the home of the dream
You're livin' in America
Just make it what you want it to be

You'll stand alone on a long hard road
With a crowd that you can't see
Just start by steppin' out
Then let your mind run free

You're livin' in America
You're livin' in the home of the dream
You're livin' in America
Just make it what you want it to be

It's okay
You're livin' in the USA
Find your dream
You know that dream can set
You free

It's okay
We're part of the United State
You and me
Can be just what we wanna be
He's okay
He left the block and reached
The top
She's all right
The agent put her name in lights

He's okay
He's paid his rent he's president
She's all right
She's on your TV screen tonight

CREDITS: Donna Summer






Mike aka Playtime24x7


Playtime24x7 45M  
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8/30/2017 7:26 pm

    Quoting citizen4722:
    What a terrible tragedy of nature. Take care Texans.
    Donna Summer made some great records. "I Feel Love", "Bad Girls", "Hot Stuff" to name but a few.
What a disaster. My folks are Texans and My mom would tell me my Heritage is Texan. We share some the same DS songs. I love all the ones you mentioned. by the way have you seen that one on youtube of I Feel Love Maxi Drive by Sergay Magell it's fourteen minutes long and has some of the most coolest daredevil acts that I've ever seen I love it. If you've not seen it I think you enjoy viewing it.

Mike aka Playtime24x7


Playtime24x7 45M  
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8/30/2017 7:21 pm

    Quoting  :

Hey there thanks for stopping by. Hope you're doing ok thru all this bad weather. Hang in there bro!!

Mike aka Playtime24x7


citizen4722 61M  
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8/30/2017 3:35 pm

What a terrible tragedy of nature. Take care Texans.
Donna Summer made some great records. "I Feel Love", "Bad Girls", "Hot Stuff" to name but a few.


author51 56F  
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8/30/2017 9:13 am

God Bless America. It sometimes takes a tragedy for people and communities to open their hearts and give whatever they can to help those in need.. Good on you my sweet man.... xoxo

One can never have enough JOY in their life...


Playtime24x7 45M  
3521 posts
8/30/2017 9:03 am

The Wanderer album has some good rock tracks nothing the disco stuff she did previously.

Mike aka Playtime24x7


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