Friday February 28, 2014
After Deaths, Dianne Reeves Finds a Beautiful Life
On the surface, the title of Dianne Reeves’ new album, Beautiful Life seems straightforward enough, but it holds a deeper significance for the singer after experiencing two major deaths. Five years ago she returned home to help care for her ailing mother who died in 2012 after battling breast cancer and a tumor. Then in August of last year Reeves lost her cousin and frequent collaborator, George Duke due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
“The title of the record is a tribute to really close people in my life who made transitions. I got to share this incredible time with them and learn and be a better person because of them,” she said.
Despite her recent personal tragedies, Reeves decided to present a collection of songs that mainly focus on life’s positive aspects such as “Feels So Good (Lifted)” with accompaniment by Duke. Plus she covers classics like Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You.” Becoming familiar again with the latter songs reminded Reeves of an earlier time when she was just identifying her voice and purpose. Now she believes that she’s found it.
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