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Music for Lovers: "Always and Forever" by Hulon

Feb 5, 2012

Today begins a series of postings of love songs, to inspire you as we approach that lover’s D-Day, Valentine’s Day. To kick things off, here’s a version of “Always and Forever”. This is a slow dance staple!

The song comes from Dr. Hulon E. Crayton a.k.a. Hulon, the sax player from Florida whose music has been recommended on this site before. His latest CD, After Hours, is loaded with the type of bedroom music associated with smooth jazz, but with a touch more soul than many of the bland offerings out there. Maybe it’s the pathos of his playing, colored by  his “day job” of being a rheumatologist, or the strong material written for him by Jeff Kashiwa (Rippingtons, Sax Pack), but in any event, the CD is highly enjoyable.

I asked Hulon how he came to choose the song, and he picked up on the Luther Vandross cover version rather than the Heatwave original:

Luther Vandross is one of my favorite male vocals and I wanted to pay homage to one of the greatest vocalists of all time. The lyrics of "Always and  Forever" really describe how I feel about my wife of 30 years. It was difficult taking a standard on because  comparisons will always be made. I had to put my own twist on it to try to make it unique. I believe I accomplished that.