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Name: Bill
Country: the UK
I love Mariah more than you do.
Re: Somewhat Loved (98,128) (98,136) by Bill from the UK
(Thursday 10 June 2021; 14:32)
Now I've heard the full song, I'm conflicted hah. I love the chorus/hook. The beat is great, it sounds funky and the harmonies are super as usual. The rest of the song seems somewhat disjointed and lacks any real structure or coherency. It's quite jarring that it seems to be a mish mash of snippets all pieces together with the repeated hook acting as the bridge between them. It's not that it's bad or anything, but Mariah's never done that approach and it's taking some getting used to. Not having the intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus approach is different to say the least. But, I've been asking for Mariah to step away from her usual formula and step it up and bit, and she has. It's definitely growing on me with each listen.
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Re: Caution deserved better (98,119) (98,120) by Bill from the UK
(Wednesday 9 June 2021; 16:46)
It's weird because 8th Grade has so many fans, yet it's the only Mariah song I can never place immediately. I always have to do a quick lyric search or play the first few bars to know the song. As I'm writing this, I cannot remember it. This is the only song she's ever done that has not, for whatever reason, entered into my head and taken up permanent residence. So weird. It's not even because I don't like it. On the contrary, every time I play it, I love it.
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The Meaning of Mariah paper back (98,085) by Bill from the UK
(Saturday 5 June 2021; 16:55)
The paper back version of Mariah's book is taking pre-orders now. It looks like from MC's Instagram that the cover is the one of little Mariah on the beach. I really hope it is, as I know Mariah wanted that as the cover originally.
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Re: So much better (98,063) (98,067) by Bill from the UK
(Wednesday 2 June 2021; 13:26)
It's all about the replay value. I must have watched Touch My Body 500 times. You're Mine, once.
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Re: Mariah talk (98,048) (98,050) by Bill from the UK
(Saturday 29 May 2021; 13:24)
I think it was actually for "No More 'I Love You's'", as Walking on Broken Glass was from her first solo album in the early 90s.
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Re: Dionne Warwick (98,040) (98,043) by Bill from the UK
(Wednesday 26 May 2021; 08:05)
Yes, I did mean Diane Warren. Lord I'm getting old.
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Somewhat Loved (98,019) by Bill from the UK
(Sunday 23 May 2021; 22:50)
Here's a link to the snippet that was played. I don't think it sounds anything like I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time myself. The piano riff during the refrain sounds a bit like Maroon 5's This Love. I think it sounds great, a step aside from the usual formula/song structure.
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Re: Dionne Warwick (98,009) (98,010) by Bill from the UK
(Sunday 23 May 2021; 11:31)
I think Mariah and Diane had a very, let's just say, "strained" relationship when they worked together for Rainbow. From Mariah's point of view, it appears to be because they are both perfectionists and both have a clear vision of where they felt their compositions should head. Apparently this was in opposite directions. Supposedly they couldn't agree on the title for Can't Take That Away for weeks on end alone. I think Mariah wanted it to be called Mariah's Theme and nothing else, whereas Diane wanted to call it They Can Try. But we love everyone.
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Music Box tour footage (97,996) by Bill from the UK
(Friday 21 May 2021; 23:56)
Hi all, some amateur footage of the Music Box tour has appeared on YouTube. This is from the show in NYC. Only the shows in LA and Massachusetts had surfaced previously on bootleg CDs back in the mid 90s.

Unfortunately only Dreamlover and Make It Happen have been uploaded. Really hope other songs make an appearance.
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Re: I'm late / Maxwell collab (97,983) (97,985) by Bill from the UK
(Tuesday 18 May 2021; 08:52)
Agree, fantastic album. If Mariah is doing something in that retro 70s soul meets jazz mellow vibe like that album, then this is going to be incredible. I played that album so much when it first came out, one of my faves.
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Re: Twitter (97,968) (97,969) by Bill from the UK
(Thursday 13 May 2021; 14:32)
She also mentioned MC30 wasn't over.
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Re: Favorite interlude (97,953) (97,955) by Bill from the UK
(Saturday 8 May 2021; 17:57)
Apparently Rainbow was originally meant to be a full song but ended up being an interlude due to her rushing the album to get off the Columbia label at the time.

My favourite interlude would definitely be Languishing. Divine.
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Re: Mimi, abundance, etc (97,928) (97,932) by Bill from the UK
(Tuesday 4 May 2021; 21:31)
Great summary of the year. MC30 was an amazing treat, and I don't think I'll ever get over The Rarities and hearing "new" 1990 vocals on Here We Go Around Again. That song is sublime. Although the end of it is iffy.
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Re: Fave live performances (97,923) (97,930) by Bill from the UK
(Tuesday 4 May 2021; 19:46)
Always here for a list. In no particular order:

1. If It's Over at the Grammy's in 1992.
2. I'll Be There on Top of the Pops in 1992.
3. America the Beautiful at the NBA Finals in 1990.
4. Hark the Herald Angels Sing on GMA 1991.
5. Joy to the World at St. John the Divine 1994.

The entire London concert of the Daydream tour in Wembley Arena in 1996, which I attended.
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Re: Breakdown ad libs (97,838) (97,840) by Bill from the UK
(Thursday 15 April 2021; 22:09)
Honey that I know that you want me for me, I can be what you want, I can be what you need.
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Re: Breakdown ad libs (97,832) (97,833) by Bill from the UK
(Thursday 15 April 2021; 16:09)
She says "What I say at the beginning of Honey is honey you can have me when you want me" but really quickly, Bone Thugs style.
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Re: Best opening line (97,828) (97,831) by Bill from the UK
(Thursday 15 April 2021; 13:17)
It's actually "Honey when you walk by every night".
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Re: Best opening line (97,827) (97,829) by Bill from the UK
(Thursday 15 April 2021; 10:44)
Yeh, thing is she doesn't though. You are actually wrong on this (I know you never can hold the mirror up, so I can understand the denial), but I await the day when you hear it like everybody else here and it clicks for you as it did me and the others.

I suppose you have to ask yourself these questions:

1. Mariah is a known perfectionist, especially in the studio. A large selection of producers have stated this over the last 30 years. Is it feasible that she would mess up her own opening line on what was going to be the launch pad single for a new phase of her career on the permanent, forevermore album version, yet sing it correctly every other time?

2. Mariah is a songwriter and likes to constantly remind everyone of this fact. How likely is it that she would deviate from her own lyrics that she wrote, again for the permanent forevermore album version of the song, yet clearly open with "Honey you can" on every other rendition of the song she has ever done.

3. According to Puff Daddy, Mariah recorded over 50 takes of Honey so he could choose the best parts for the song. In all 50 takes, is it likely that Mariah would sing a different lyric for one time, and that ends up being the one that Puff selected, that went through production by both him and Mariah and mastering all the way through to release with nobody realising.

4. "Now you can have me when you want me" is not a line ever uttered in any remix, either as the opening, or as a refrain. The So So Def Remix in fact repeats the "honey you can have me when you want me" line from the four minute mark to the outro of the song. Indeed, it opens with "Oh honey (so so def), you can have me...", as does the Morales remix.

5. The first pressing of the Daydream album had incorrect lyrics for One Sweet Day printed. The second pressing quickly corrected this soon after the release. No second pressing or re-issue of Butterfly has ever changed the opening line to "Now you can have me". The promo CDs issued at the time also included the lyrics which also stated "Honey you can have me". All official lyric sources do not concur with you I'm afraid.

To help you out, the easiest way to hear it is to focus on the beat after the "oh oh oh" part before the opening verse. It goes "oh oh oh (beat) 'ney you can have me...". The (beat) is when she utters the "ho" part, albeit at the back of her throat somewhat, and it sounds raspy. So it's like "h'neeh you can have me when you want me".

I do admit it isn't clear. At all. I can understand how you can mishear it, as I was in the group of people who once scratched their heads over that line as well, but mishear it you have I'm afraid.
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Re: Best opening line (97,824) (97,826) by Bill from the UK
(Wednesday 14 April 2021; 20:20)
Lol, you did though. She says "Honey you can have me when you want me", clear as day. The studio version, remixes, live performances, and lyrics all support this. You did mishear it, but it's understandable after you explained being hard of hearing, as I also misheard it for several years. What she does is sort of skip the "o" so it's more like "h'ney you can have..." and as I explained the "ho" bit sort of catches in her throat a bit. It's not her cleanest or clearest opening, but she definitely does not sing "now".
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Re: Best opening line (97,815) (97,821) by Bill from the UK
(Wednesday 14 April 2021; 11:37)
You misheard a lyric, it happens, I don't see why you have to call me boring though. We all do it, especially as Mariah's enunciation isn't always that great at times. I was coming here to add but see others have already got there before me, but it's even more prominent in the re-sung remixes. Once you do hear it though it becomes quite obvious.

Also I didn't know you were hard of hearing so I am sorry if my headphone comment was insensitive.
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Re: Best opening line (97,810) (97,812) by Bill from the UK
(Tuesday 13 April 2021; 23:47)
I mean, it's actually "honey" though. The lyric booklet confirms as do all the live performances where you can hear it more clearly so (ellipses) yeah.

Invest in some headphones that don't come free with your phone.
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Re: Best opening line (97,802) (97,806) by Bill from the UK
(Tuesday 13 April 2021; 16:53)
It's actually "Honey you can have me when you want me", not "now". But her voice sort of catches on the "ho" syllable and you mainly hear the "ney", so understand how it can be misheard.

The beauty of having a good sound set up and speakers etc. is that you notice these things. For years I thought she sang "yeah, you can have me when you want me".
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Re: Best opening line (97,784) (97,786) by Bill from the UK
(Friday 9 April 2021; 14:52)
If Mariah and Bryan ever break up, all eyes will be on you haha.
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Re: Best opening line (97,776) (97,778) by Bill from the UK
(Thursday 8 April 2021; 16:44)
Agree. "It wasn't raining yet, but it was definitely, a little misty in that warm November night" is by far her best opening line.
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Re: Mariah's "real birthdate" (97,721) (97,722) by Bill from the UK
(Wednesday 31 March 2021; 00:58)
Alison wrote a book called Mariah and Me which Mariah's legal team prevented from being published.

This article from 2000 about the book is quite telling. Alison appears to back up the claims that would appear in Mariah's memoir twenty years later, that Morgan was indeed violent towards his family.
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