Happy Birthday to Anita Baker - who turns 52 today.
The YouTube video above is Baker's "Been So Long" from the Rapture album. In college I could SHUT A PARTY DOWN by putting on the slow, soulful stylings of Anita - especially when other people wanted more upbeat music. My friend Shelly and I would get wasted, pop in the Rapture cassette, and sing every note of every song - as people would evacuate my dorm room in search of less depressing friends.
I still know every note to this song - including the intricate scatting part. You should get me drunk some time and ask me to do it for you - it is a SHOW-STOPPER! Literally.