It was heart-breaking hearing the news about Natalie Cole’s passing on New Year’s Eve. It is very rare that I write a personal post like this but her music has been a part of my life since the debut of her album Inseparable in 1975.
Natalie Cole’s has always been one of my favorite artists. Her songs continue to impact my playlist, as I listen the words of her music on a regular basis. It all started with the song, “This Will Be.” We all dreamed for a love that was “Inseparable” as we sang along to “This Heart” “Our Love” and “Nothing Stronger Thank Love.”
Her music brought people closer together, as she sang about love, happiness, being thankful and relationships. With her powerful voice and authentic sound we enjoyed “Pink Cadillac” and “Don’t Look Back.” When there were struggles in our relationships “I’m Catching Hell,” “Hold On,” and “Keeping A Light” gave us a different prospective.
“Sophisticated Lady” was one of the must play tunes before going out with the girls. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t have a copy of the “Unforgettable with Love” CD featuring duets with her late father, Nat King Cole.
Ms. Cole was not only a singer, she was a songwriter and performer. Did you know that she wrote many of the songs we love including: Sophisticated Lady, Annie Mae, Hold On, and Angel On My Shoulder? Her performance credits included appearing on Grey’s Anatomy and The Real Housewives of New York City.
I loved her concerts. They were all about the music. She always sang your favorite songs and introduced you to something new. If you ever had a chance to meet her backstage you would encounter a beautiful, gracious, truly pleasant individual who never seem to rush her fans away, but instead took a moment to thank them for attending her concerts.
Natalie Cole, although I did not know you personally, I appreciate the opportunities I had to meet you briefly. Thank you for your legacy of music that touched our hearts and our lives. You will live forever though your songs. Your strong, angelic voice revealed incredible stories through song.