#MusicMonday – April 16, 2018

It’s Monday, and there’s these four guys who want to love you…like that.

Like it’s Monday?  Is that was “that” means?

They swear, they can love you like everything you’ve built your hopes and dreams on!

I’ll state the obvious – there are so many things to consider when planning a wedding – venue, entertainment (DJ, band, musicians, photo booth), colors, theme, wedding party, budget, food choices, guests, and so on and so forth.  I’ve selected a venue, a wedding party, found a color palette I like, a theme, a DJ, and a honeymoon.  I have fourteen months to organize everything, and so far, so good.

One of the most important parts of the reception (aside from the bouquet/garter tosses and the obligatory bride/dad and groom/mother dances) is the first dance.  We haven’t discussed this much, but we do need to choose a song to dance to.  Being the lover of music I am, I want the song to be special and perfect, but also something we picked together.

I still want “You’re The Inspiration,” because Chicago.  No other reason, aside from it is how I feel about my fiancee.  But ultimately, we’ll decide on something together, and it will be perfect as soon as we hear it.

When I was fourteen years old I got All-4-One’s And the Music Speaks album on CD.  I had been a fan of theirs since their self-titled album dropped in 1994.  But like alot of my childhood favorites waiting to be rediscovered, I was watching David Foster and Friends: The Hitman Returns concert one night with my parents in 2011, and lo and behold, All-4-One come on, starting off with today’s song of choice, and carrying back into the reason I loved their music in the first place.

You’d think the way I reacted to seeing them, my panties were going to hit the television.  It was that kind of reaction!

Anyway, so many years later (ok, seven years later)…

I found the self-titled album on YouTube, and it was while listening to it amidst working on my blog one night a few week ago, I remembered my favorite song from their other album, which just screamed “90s Wedding Song.” That is not my theme, but the song really has that feel.

That song, my friends, is today’s Music Monday choice!

“I Can Love You Like That” began its life as a country song, released on February 27, 1995 by country artist John Michael Montgomery as the first single from his self-titled CD. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart.

Enter David Foster, All-4-One, and the power of R&B.

All-4-One released this song as part of their second album And the Music Speaks, which was released on June 6, 1995, a little over three months after the release of Mongomery’s album featuring the same song.  “I Can Love You Like That” dropped the same day as this album, with two other singles releasing in October 1995 (“I’m Your Man”) and March 1996 (“These Arms”).

All-4-One’s version peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 600,000 copies and receiving a certification of Gold by the RIAA.  The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart, and #40 on the Billboard Hot R&B. And the Music Speaks peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 at #27. Not bad, and the group is still around today.

But for now, let’s focus on 1995 and a song I’m sure was a wedding hit around that time, with four guys declaring that they could love you like that.

All four of them.  At the same time.

Can you handle that?!

Can you see why I wanted to toss my panties?!  I mean seriously, these guys want to romance you the way books and movies wanted you to dream of!  This is all win-win!

Alas, this is where it ends.  I’d continue about skepticism and such, but let’s end it here.  Let’s leave on a warm and fuzzy feeling.  We’ve earned it, haven’t we?

Anyway, have a great Monday, and enjoy the music!

All four at one time?  Really?  And they’re gonna delude me with fantasy love?  Ok, sounds good…

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