This is Barry White. He was incredibly famous in the 1970s for his love ballads and the monster instrumental hit “Love’s Theme.”
White’s singing style featured an extremely low voice that spent most of the time barely airborne. In fact, he actually talked through some of his songs, with wonderful string arrangements building up to liftoff (when he actually sang).
They were all over the radio, and they all had long, long titles. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”, “You’re My First, My Last, My Everything” and “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Next To Me” and several other titles made it to the top of the charts. Basically, Barry White spent the 1970s singing songs that were suggestive in content (for the time), wrapped around string arrangements that made them extremely hummable. The signature was the voice, and if you haven’t heard it there are no words so check him out on Youtube. Suffice to say he romped through the ladies until the ’80s.
The Edmonton Oilers are a little like Barry White, especially in summer. Walking around Edmonton these days one gets the feeling that glory is just around the corner. The new ownership is close to taking over, the team is young and on the way up and there are some nice things happening on every front.
In today’s dailes we got some excellent information. Here are a few, with comments after the quotes (which are in italics):
- Kevin Lowe in the EJ: “I would like a top-end forward but we’re not in a situation where we have to do something to really improve our team. If nothing happens, we’ll go to camp with what we have and we’ll see what unfolds. I don’t feel like I’m under pressure to do something.” This side steps the lack of a “complete veteran” on the blueline but this team has more balance currently than any Oilers summer roster in memory. There’s no huge question marks in goal and they have enough useful defensemen that they can contend from the get-go and the offense should be better.
- Kevin Lowe in the EJ: “We like the way he (Glencross) finished the year, I like his enthusiasm, I think he has upside, but we’re piecing a puzzle together. We have higher-end guys making more money, so we have to find the right number where he can fit into our future.” Glencross is apparently asking for 1.8M over several years with the Oilers well south of that number. I believe they should sign Glencross. The LW depth chart of Penner, Nilsson, Moreau and Torres has 2 players who will be coming off injury plagued seasons and Moreau’s health has been a concern for most of the last two seasons now.
- EJ on Kevin Lowe: Lowe figures the salary cap will be in the range of $53- to $55-million and the Oilers will be able to play in that ballpark, particularly after Daryl Katz officially assumes ownership of the franchise, a transition that is expected to take place in the next month. Good news all around. Anyone who has followed this team for any length of time has to know that money has been a problem forever. It’s still not quite real. I keep expecting a headline saying “Katz decides he’d like to buy Flames instead” or something. I have no problem being a fan of a front runner, though.
- Kevin Lowe in the Edmonton Sun: “We have too many bodies right now, especially given the way Marc Pouliot played last year. We’ll try to do something.” Well, we’ve seen this story before. Lowe talked about Jason Chimera being a regular long before he became one, and Jani Rita got all kinds of love for several summers. The Mac-proof is in the Mac-pudding, and until Craig MacTavish says Pouliot is a player he’ll send out every night then I think we need to curb the enthusiasm. Only yesterday he was talking about Reasoner being a lock for this team in his opinion. This isn’t over yet, folks.
- Kevin Lowe in the Edmonton Sun: “The difference now is that we can keep our young guys, we don’t have to worry about teams stealing players from us. We can compete financially. If the young guys continue to develop, and we have no reason to believe they won’t, better times are ahead.” Amen to that. I don’t know what’ll happen if the economy turns but in the words of Barry White, Let the Music Play.