My Favorite’s of All Time #11: “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston

I don’t know if I ever mentioned on here that I was in marching band for 7 years between middle and high school (edit: I did! In my First Listen for Mick Jenkin’s The Circus (2020)). It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was hard, and there were definitely times where I wanted to fight somebody, but I could not imagine my life without it. Spending that much time with a group of people making music together is really something that you have to experience yourself to get the full understanding of what a special experience it is.

(there’s normally some music video stills and lyrics here, but the stills I got from the music video were trash quality lol)

I was introduced to “I’m Your Baby Tonight” through one of my high school band directors. He used to always give us the sheet music for a song, we’d sight read through it one time all the way through, and then he’d play us the actual song so that we could fill in the sound gaps that we might have missed on that first run through. The beginning of “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” where Whitney’s whimpery-hiccupy (Idk how to describe the sounds she makes LOL) intro with the drums following was so AMAZING to me and is still my favorite part of the song. After listening to it and practicing it with the rest of the band, it quickly became one of my favorite songs to perform.

The song is a classic 90s R&B song about being in love and being willing to do anything for your significant other because they just make you feel like no one else ever has (can’t relate lol), but Whitney was such a special singer with such a special voice that this song COULD NOT be the same without her. She hits the higher notes so masterfully, while still staying grounded in the lower notes. The transition from the verses to the chorus is perfection. I’m so OBSESSED! Also the P R O D U C T I ON. Y’all should know by now that I’m a big geek for some good production and Babyface and LA Reid really give us one of the best pieces of production in R&B music.

And really its the attachment of this song to such strong and influential memories from marching band that make this song so special for me. Every time I heard it, I can imagine me and the rest of the folks who were in band with me at the time marching up and down the field, doing various bits of drill to this song. If I can find the video of us performing it, I’ll add it here. I definitely wouldn’t be who I am today, if it wasn’t for marching band, and this song is a really important piece of that.

I’ve been meaning to get into Whitney’s music more, and I’m hoping thursday email can hold me accountable for doing so. I’m sad to say that I’ve only heard the songs from Whitney that everyone has heard (e.g. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” etc.); I think it’s time for me to explore an entire project. I’m gonna get on that soon.


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