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I Can't Make You Love Me -- Bonnie Raitt tune

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Uploaded on Jun 21, 2009

This song may seem a little bit off the beaten path compared to the jazz tunes I usually post. When I posted "You Don't Know What Love Is", I commented that it is the saddest song I know. Soon after that I heard Bonnie Raitt singing this song on the radio. I had probably not heard it since it came out. What struck me was the depth of sadness in her delivery and how powerfully written it is. The chord sequencing is truly unusual for a pop song. I had never played it before, so I learned it from her album. Bruce Hornsby plays piano on her version and is, of course, brilliant in his understated delivery. This song easily allows for improvisation, which is an indicator of a very well constructed tune. This was written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin.

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