Sun. Sep. 26, 2021

Patrice Rushen – Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)

This Beat Is Mine: Patrice Rushen – Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go) (Elektra)

Thank you, IDMW, for opening this space for us to share our fav music. I’ll then get this opportunity to come up with Patrice Rushen‘s ‘Feels So Real’. Not that it’s her most famous. I suppose we all remember of ‘Forget Me Nots’ from her. But because it drives me back to my early days in Florida. I mean me and my fam just relocated from the Big Apple to Jacksonville back then. And no need telling you how I was trying to find my marks in this new environment, before going to University.
I remember how it felt to me like living in another planet and I started wondering if I wouldn’t miss my life and NYC. Among others, the clubs and what I could hear on the radio stations.

To be honest, jumpin’ down into the South, I figured I was fearing we would only get Country or Rock radios. But that was before a neighbour of mine got me into listening to 95X! I couldn’t believe it, it was almost like WBLS with Frankie Crocker! Then I got to this cool funky song which to me pretty much summarizes the time I had in the city. With a good weather, cool mates, and quality music in the air.

“Feels So Real”… I never let those nice souvenirs go.

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A native of Los Angeles, CA, Patrice Louise Rushen enrolled at special music school at the early age of 3. Eventually giving classical piano recitals 3 years after. In 1972, she entered and won a competition at the Monterrey Jazz Festival. And soon after got a recording deal with Prestige Records, becoming the first female artist to emerge on the Jazz and R&B scene. Meanwhile dealing with all aspects of music making. From writing to playing, producing and singing.

Patrice Rushen released 3 albums for Prestige between 1974 and 1977. Switching to Elektra Records saw her introducing singing in her compositions. With her music evolving towards groovier territotires. This beginning with ‘Hang It Up’ from her ‘Patrice’ album back in 1978.

Its follow up – ‘Pizzazz’ – highly confirmed her evolution, featuring ‘Haven’t You Heard’. Probably her most famous single along with ‘Forget Me Nots’ from her 1982 ‘Straight From The Heart’ album. Meanwhile ‘Now’, her last delivery for Elektra, featured the smooth and groovy ‘Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)’. This in an uplifting spirit to be compared to Jody Watley feat. SRL‘s ‘The Mood’ some 34 years after…

From then, Rushen would make a brief appearance on Aritsta with her ‘Watch Out’ album, before recording independently.

As a keyboard player, she has collaborated with countless luminaries. From Lalo Schifrin to The Blackbyrds. But also Lenny Williams, Teena Marie, and Minnie Riperton. Not to mention Gary Taylor, The Sylvers and Active Force to name a few. Meanwhile, as an arranger, she has worked with Ramsey Lewis. And she eventually toured with Soul II Soul as a music director.

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