Air Supply: Just When I Thought I Was Over You

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The universal language of love knows no boundaries. It isn’t something that you “grow out of.” It envelops and grabs ahold of you no matter who you are or where you’re from. Music ties feelings and memories together like nothing else can. A certain song or lyrics can bring about a shower of memories raining down upon you instantaneously. Music is the soundtrack of life. Air Supply, the ever-loving soft rock duo, adored and respected by music fans around the world, has mastered the language of love while triumphantly singing their songs to enamored and affected audiences for nearly 40 years now. Co-founded by singer-songwriter/guitarist Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock while performing Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney Australia in 1975, these two musicians prove that you absolutely can live out your dreams eternally. If you really love what you do, people will love it too. And they do.

The venue was Humphrey’s by the Bay. What a hidden treasure this place is! An exotic and intimate outdoor venue tucked behind the hotel in a lush garden area filled with foliage and Palm trees, bordered by boats docked on the bay. Fantastic sound system (and lights of course!) with an authentic tropical island feel to it. Looking around at the crowd, elderly to youth and everyone in-between. Notable mentions were the two different men I saw, one up front pounding his muscular fist as he sang along with every word while beads of sweat were running down his face and the other wearing a US Marine baseball cap sitting next to his wife mouthing out the words to the songs. Air Supply transcends expectations of the norm. I love it!

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Watching an Air Supply show, you are transported into a dreamy world of emotions, yearning, love, lust, dreams, anticipation, pain, heartache, loneliness and hope. Everyone has been there before. We can all relate to the lyrics. The heart wants what the heart wants. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it fails, but above all, you allowed yourself to feel.

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I am awed at the preservation of these two musicians’ vocals. They are in the elite club of those fortunate enough to have retained their gifts.

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In the darkened background, but well worth mentioning are Amir Efrat on keyboards and Aviv Cohen on drums who make up half of the superbly talented backup band. Note the artistry of the lights, compliments of my friend Troy Stubby, their brilliant lighting guy!

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They sang their song “The One That You Love,” as they made their way through the venue. The crowd went wild. Everyone trying to touch them, take selfies as they passed by, even dancing with and for them. What a scene!

Now the night has gone
Now the night has gone away
Doesn’t seem that long
We hardly had two words to say

Hold me in your arms for just another day
I promise this one will go slow, oh
We have the right to know
We have the right to know

Don’t say the mornings come
Don’t say the mornings come so soon
Must we end this way
When so much here is hard to lose

Love is everywhere, I know it is
Such moments as this are too few, oh
It’s all up to you
It’s all up to you

Here I am the one that you love
Askin’ for another day
Understand the one that you love
Loves you in so many ways

Tell me we can stay
Tell me we can stay, oh please
They are the words to say
The only words I can believe

Hold me in your arms for just another day
I promise this one will go slow, oh
We have the right you know
We have the right you know

Here I am the one that you love
Askin’ for another day
Understand the one that you love
Loves you in so many ways

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Here I am the one that you love
Askin’ for another day
Understand the one that you love
Loves you in so many ways

The night has gone
A part of yesterday
I don’t know what to say
I don’t know what to say

Here I am, the one that you love
Askin’ for another day
Understand the one that you love
Loves you in so many ways

Here I am the one that you love
Askin’ for another day
Understand the one that you love
Loves you in so many ways

Here I am the one that you love
Askin’ for another day
Understand the one that you love
Loves you in so many ways

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Russell with bass player Jonni Lightfoot. I love the weight of the newer sound of Air Supply. The heavier, meatier interpretation lends to an almost symphonic feel that only adds to the intensity of their songs.

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Russell sings as Aaron McLain grinds it out on the guitar. Heavy and hard on the outside, yet soft and emotional on the inside. I really dig it!

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Graham and Russell are the best of friends, a shared connection that allows them to effortlessly co-exist onstage in perfect synchronicity.

Russell sounds as good as he ever did. Able to reach all the high registers, right on key. He is such a unique frontman to watch, as he draws you in while singing each song with endless passion and emotion. He really gives it up to the crowd, showing his vulnerabilities and proving that we are all thinking, feeling beings.

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Graham has composed and arranged thousands of songs in his career and continues to do so with the recent club remix of “Desert Sea Sky.”  A genius lyricist and master creator of heartfelt ballads. Together he and Russell have hit the jackpot. His inspirations are The Beatles and classical music. Makes total sense.

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Another sensational show under their belts. Air Supply fans seem to have an insatiable appetite for them. They certainly got everything they came for, and then some. How gratifying it must be to know that after 39 years, fans desperately love your music, rush the stage and sing along with your lyrics? Your audience still makes the connection and is moved by it. Phenomenal!

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Look who I got to hang out with after the show, thanks to my dear friend Troy Stubby who just happens to be their lighting guy?!?
Graham was everything you would hope someone of his stature would be. What an intelligent, well-spoken, creative, multi-talented and all around nice guy. The icing on the cake!

And I will leave you with this:
Love is universal language

Needs no translation, for it is

Spoken with a smile, a touch,

And a hug

It travels the seven seas

Crosses the highest hill

To return to roost

Before a warm fire

And a blanket shared.

 

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